I’d like us to extend a warm welcome to a Kensington Zebra debut author. Her name is Erica Ridley. Welcome Erica, to Love Romance Passion! We respect every author’s privacy and try our best not to intrude in their private lives. That being said, when did you have your first romantic kiss? I’m kidding, of course! Actually, here’s what I’d really like to know:
Susan: You became a reader at a fairly early age, age three to be exact; what do you like to read?
Erica: In those days, fairy tales. These days, romance! (The more things change, the more they stay the same… LOL.) Actually, I’m a huge fan of genre fiction in general, including mysteries and thrillers and just about anything that packs a punch. But my very favorite is definitely romance, primarily historicals, paranormal, romantic suspense, and contemporary romantic comedies.
Susan: What is it about Regency-set historical romances that appeals to you?
Erica: Oooh, everything! I love the clearly defined roles, the equally defined rules, and the characters who do their best to bend and break them. I love the fashion, the witty banter, the glamorous lives of the ton, and the not-so-glamorous lives of everyone else. In fact, some of my favorite stories involve just such class differences. I also really like the complete lack of modern technology–it opens up the door to so many plot twists that simply wouldn’t work in a contemporary story!
Susan: What states and countries have you visited?
Erica: So far (because it’s my goal to explore as many as possible!) I’ve been lucky enough to visit Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands (Holland), Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. I’ve visited exactly half of the continental US (namely: AZ, CA, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI) and I hope to some day have visited all 50 of our states!
Susan: Do your travels inspire you to write?
Erica: Well… on the one hand, my travels inspire me to procrastinate. I absolutely adore exploring new places, particularly when if the language and/or culture is different from my own. On the other hand, I’ve stumbled across the best surprises while traveling. Tours of historical houses, museums with period furniture or costumes, libraries of old texts. And every time I do, my head overflows with story ideas, and I definitely long to sit down and write!
Susan: In your novel Too Wicked To Kiss, you introduce us to one H-O-T hero named Gavin Lioncroft. Does Gavin know the effect he has on women?
Erica: Mmmm, Gavin Lioncroft…! When he was younger, it’s safe to say he was pretty arrogant about his effect on women. But after being away from Society for so long, he no longer takes that for granted. If anything, he’s now suspicious that those who try to engage him are concealing ulterior motives… and he’s almost always right.
Susan: (Blushing) Does he know the effect he had on me?
Erica: He may not, but Evangeline sure does, and she’s giving you the hairy eyeball right now…
Susan: The sequel for Too Wicked To Kiss is Too Sinful To Deny. Will it be another whodunit mystery romance?
Erica: There’s definitely a murder to be solved (the hero’s primary goal is avenging his brother’s death) but it’s less of a whodunit-style mystery. It is definitely full of Gothic romance goodness, however!
Susan: Shameless self-promotion here. What would you like to say to readers who haven’t read your novels?
Erica: I would like to say… it’s release week! What are you waiting for? LOL. Actually, I’d like to say that I try to write sensual, suspenseful, atmospheric love stories, and I hope you enjoy Too Wicked To Kiss!
Thank you Erica, for spending the day with us here at Love Romance Passion. Please feel free to visit us anytime!