**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with
1. Tell us about the Dukes of War, and The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress!
The Dukes of War historical romance series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
Captain Xavier Grey returned from the Napoleonic Wars a hairsbreadth away from catatonic. No one knows what happened but him, and Xavier isn’t saying a word. He flees London for the countryside, intending to spend the rest of his days alone in his small cottage.
Jane Downing is a wallflower with a serious book habit and well-honed inner snark. She’s tired of being invisible, and sets out to turn the man of her dreams into her real life lover. She lands on Xavier’s doorstep just in time for the snowstorm of the season.
Captain Grey suddenly finds himself snowbound with a bluestocking. And she has an unbelievably tempting plan for heating up the winter nights…
2. How do you deal with writer’s block?
If I’m blocked because a scene isn’t working or I literally have no idea what should happen next, that usually means I’m way too close to the project and need to take a step back. More often than not, going on a long walk will jog something loose in my brain and let me see where the story needs to go.
Other times, taking my mind off of the problem completely—such as going on a Netflix or TBR binge—provides me with the right amount of distance to find my own answers.
However, if I know exactly what I need to do next but I just don’t “feel” like writing, that is not an excuse to spend the next four hours with someone else’s characters. I sit myself down in front of the computer and force myself to keep going, no matter how slow and painful it might be. It might take minutes or it might take days, but eventually I’ll get my mojo back.
Sometimes the only trick to keeping going is just not stopping.
3. Who or what helped you along the way to publishing?
Joining the Romance Writers of America was the smartest thing I could’ve done. Through workshops from my local chapter, I learned so much about the publishing industry and the craft of writing. Romance authors tend to be wonderful about helping each other out, so networking at conferences often turns into lifelong friendships. I met my literary agent, Lauren Abramo of Dystel & Goderich, the old fashioned way—query letters and postal mail—and she has also been an invaluable resource and a great friend.
4. What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
I think it depends on the book and the author. I have been published multiple times by traditional publishers as well as the indie route. I would do both again. The advantage to traditional publishing is that big publishers are amazing at distribution. With them, my books are in bookstores, grocery stores, and everywhere readers are. The advantage to indie publishing is that authors can offer their readers books that are too “different” to be commercially viable through traditional publishers, who usually try to fit proscribed size and genre limitations. Self-publishing gives more freedom to address niche markets.
5. What are your favorite genres to read?
I inhaled historical romance until I became published in that genre. Now that I must live and breathe my own books (again and again, throughout the editing process) I frequently find myself turning to other genres in order to disconnect my “writer brain” from what I’m reading. I like to read other styles of romance, mysteries, suspense, paranormal—any novel that hooks me!
6- What do you do to relax?
I live on a macadamia farm in the rainforests of Costa Rica, so I can’t help but relax when I’m not writing! My front balcony has a rocking chair and a view of a volcano, and my side balcony has a hammock and a view of the largest lake in the country. Before moving to Costa Rica, I was an avid scrapbooker. Now I’m more likely to be found hiking in the middle of the jungle or relaxing on the beach.
7- Where do you live?
I was born in the United States, and have lived in six different countries. I currently live on a macadamia farm in the rainforests of Costa Rica, and love it immensely. (Except when I’m missing the crepe vendors of France or real Italian gelato.) Given my wanderlust, I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself somewhere else a few years from now, but for now I’m happy in Costa Rica.
8- What’s next for Erica Ridley?
Next in the series in The Major’s Faux Fiancée, which releases in June. Major Blackpool returns home to play pretend beau to the girl next door to save her from an unwanted betrothal. But once they’ve announced their faux engagement, neither one can cry off without doing damage to the other’s social status.
Daphne intends to remain a spinster, so she plots to make the major jilt her first—without realizing he’s busy plotting the same thing! With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love…
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Dukes of War romance books in Series Order:
#0.5…The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation Nov. 2014
#1…………………The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower Dec. 2014
#2……….The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress Mar. 2015
#3……………………….The Major’s Faux Fiancée Jun. 2015
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Erica, her release, and an excerpt from THE CAPTAIN’S BLUESTOCKING MISTRESS on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Erica is giving away an e-copy of THE EARL’S DEFIANT WALLFLOWER, the first book in her Dukes of War series, to one lucky reader who comments on her *Author Peek* Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss the chance to read these books! Thanks, Erica, for sharing your story with us!