Keira: Tell us How to Tame a Willful Wife! What about the husband?
Christy English: LOL… Absolutely! Thank you so much for hosting me and my novel. As with so many romance novels, How to Tame a Willful Wife really is about taming the husband. It’s about two headstrong, stubborn people learning to live together as equals without killing each other. The dynamic between Anthony and Caroline is a bit like a dance…Caroline does something outrageous: throws a knife, beats a man at archery, rides a stallion wearing breeches, and Anthony chastises her. Of course, the chastisement doesn’t work at all unless he can back it up with seduction. Their argument escalates into love making, and the next day, Caroline goes right back to doing exactly as she pleases. Over time though, they learn to talk to each other, and to communicate more than just in bed. Though they still always have their best conversations there.
Keira: When should one choose a biddable bride and when should one choose a headstrong one?
Christy: A man should choose a biddable bride if he’s willing to be bored for the rest of his life. Though in my experience in reading romance novels, a bride who seems biddable in chapter one usually finds her voice and her courage by the middle of the book. Then the hero discovers that he has a strong woman on his hands. A good thing for him, and for the reader.
A man should choose a headstrong bride when he knows his own mind and is brave. The perfect combination of traits for any hero.
Keira: What do you love best about the trope of a reserved hero matched with a fiery heroine?
Christy: I love a man who is drawn out of his shell by a strong woman. Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice comes to mind. Just as the hero in a romance novel seduces the heroine, teaching her the ways of love, a good heroine draws the strong, stalwart hero out of his shell, so he can unbend enough to fall in love with her.
Keira: Describe your perfect hero.
Christy: Fitzwilliam Darcy. A man who will go the distance for you even when he thinks you will never know that he’s the one who saved the day. A man whose devotion lasts.
Keira: What is next for you?
Christy: I’m continuing my joyful jaunt into Shakespeare with Love on a Midsummer Night in which Raymond Olivier, Anthony’s best friend, is reunited with his true love. I’m a sucker for a rake who gets redeemed by the love of a good woman.
GIVEAWAY: 1 print copy of How to Tame a Willful Wife. Enter by leaving a comment or asking Christy a question. Open to US and CAN readers. Last day to enter 11/9/2012.