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by Leslie Dicken
After the death of his wife and father, the Earl of Markham has spent the last five years fiercely guarding his emotions from involvement, including getting too close to his son. Then a blackmail threat shatters his impassive world. To ensure his son's inheritance,
After a tragedy destroyed Lizzie Parker's dreams, she wants no part of venturing far from home. She is content with her life of her garden, her village, and possibly, her father's curate. Sent from her ideal world to
A TARNISHED HEART is set in
I chose this year to coincide with The Great Exhibition taking place in
How did you become interested in this time period? What you love about it?
Regency and early Victorian were what I read when I first started picking up romances. I've just always loved history and this time seemed to appeal to me most - the huge differences in class, homes, education, etc.
What do you like least about this period? Anything that constrained you or that you had to plot carefully around?
Pre-marital sex is very taboo. That helps with the sexual conflict and tension, but can make it difficult when the characters are "in the mood" and want to fool around. ;-)
Anything you flat-out altered or “fudged”? If so, why?
Not sure I "flat-out altered" anything but some readers/reviewers have found my two characters being together a bit of a stretch. While it was technically possible for an earl and a rector's daughter to meet and interact (she is eligible for the London Season), it was probably doubtful they would end up together and in love.
Any gaffs or mea culpas you want to fess up to before readers get their hands on the book? I know I always seem to find one after the book has gone to press. *sigh*
I haven't reread it since it's been in print, but I'm sure there are some typos, etc. Hopefully there aren't any plotlines or details I've dropped.
What sparked this book? Was it a character? An historical event? A scene you just couldn’t get out of your head?
I actually got this idea waaaay back in 2000, when I was at a workshop presented by Jo Beverly. She mentioned that a bastard son of the aristocracy could not inherit his father's title. That got my brain turning with several "what ifs" and the story was born!
Care to share a bit about your writing process? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you write multiple drafts or clean up as you go?
I'm not really sure what to call myself. I do not do outlines, boards, worksheets or charts. However, I need *some* sort of a roadmap or sketchy plotpoints before I can go further than the first chapter. After many start-then stops on stories, I've tried to get as much information thought through before I go very far into the book.
I tend to clean up as I go, or go back and reread a chapter from the last writing session and fine-tune then.
What are you planning to work on next?
I have a gothic-historical which finaled in the 2006 Golden Heart. I'm currently considering my options for it. I've just begun a paranormal contemporary with a demon hero and a nerdy, but feisty heroine.