Get into Bed with Emily Greenwood (Author Interview)

Emily GreenwoodKeira: What do you love best about Regency romance?

Emily Greenwood: I love working within the constraints of the time. People in the early 1800s would likely often have felt that they couldn’t express themselves and their desires freely, and isn’t that, in some ways, an exaggerated example of the vulnerability we all still have about our deepest feelings? Also, I love the balls and the clothes and value placed on wit.

Keira: Colin Pearce, the Earl of Ivorwood, and the hero of your story Mischief by Moonlight, is seriously considering “bride stealing.” When did he first realize that Josie was a woman he could love?

Emily: Well, Colin secretly wants Josie, but he’s also an honorable man, so I trust him to behave himself–mostly :). He and Josie are neighbors in the country, so he’s known her all his life. But she’s several years younger than he is, and when he left for university, she was still a girl. When he finally returned to his estate years later, she’d grown into a beguiling young woman. Meeting her again, he’s terribly attracted right away—but he’s also too late, because she’s about to get engaged. When does he realize he could love her? That might take the whole book 🙂

Keira: When did Josie realize she didn’t want to match Colin to her sister?

Emily: She started to begin questioning her plans soon after she gave him a love potion she’d gotten from a gypsy. It had some wild results.

Keira: What do they do about the long-absent fiance?

Emily: Josie and Colin both care deeply about Josie’s fiancé, Captain Nick Hargrave, and feel strongly about not doing anything dishonorable. But fate causes a shift in their situation as the story progresses…

Keira: Is it ever okay to cheat on/betray someone? When could it be forgiven?

Emily: As far as Mischief by Moonlight goes, there’s not so much cheating as there is a coming to question choices that have been made. In general, I do greatly value fidelity, but I also think we’re all human and thus capable of mistakes, and that forgiveness and the willingness for partners to try to strengthen their relationships despite failings can be a beautiful thing.

Keira: How do you define love and romance?

Emily: I think love is choosing to say yes to all that another person is, the virtues and the failings. One of the things I love in romance novels is when they explore what blocks our capacity to love each other, and how those blocks are overcome. Romance for me is whatever adds mystery, excitement, or freshness to love.

Keira: What makes a Happily Ever After successful and great?

Emily: For me, it’s when the characters have changed and grown together to the point where they can appreciate each other and communicate their needs and hopes to each other. Then we, as readers, will be confident that they’ll be good partners for whatever life’s going to throw at them.

Keira: What is the most reckless thing you have ever done for love?

Emily: That would be telling 🙂 But I was married at 24, far ahead of most of my friends, so it did feel kind of crazy at the time. A few decades later, I’m still very happily married to my college sweetie.

Keira: If you could travel back in time and spend a vacation in the past, where would you go and what would you have to do before coming back to the present?

Emily: Definitely the Regency era, which is the setting for all my books. I’d want to meet Jane Austen and the poet John Keats, dance at a Regency ball, and visit all the unspoiled nature that existed back then.

Keira: What are you working on next?

Emily: My next book is another Regency story, the first in a two-book series. It’s about a tomboyish heroine who’s forced into hiding because some naked drawings of her that were made without her knowledge are making the rounds of society. The place she ends up hiding is the home of an embittered viscount…he’s about to get his world shaken up!

Thanks so much for having me here today!

Mischief by MoonlightBook Blurb:

With the night so full of romance…

Colin Pearce, the Earl of Ivorwood, never dreamed he’d desire another man’s fiancée, but when his best friend goes off to war and asks Colin to look after the bewitching Josie Cardworthy, he falls under her sparkling spell.

Who can resist mischief?

Josie can’t wait for the return of her long-absent fiancé. If only her beloved sister might find someone, too…someone like the handsome, reserved Colin. A gypsy’s love potion gives Josie the chance to matchmake, but the wild results reveal her own growing passion for the earl. And though fate offers them a chance, a steely honor may force him to reject what her reckless heart is offering…

Buy: Mischief by Moonlight

Get into Bed with Helen Hollick (Author Interview)


Hello readers! I’m delighted to announce that Helen Hollick has agreed to answer a few questions.

Keira: What inspired you to tell Arthur’s legendary tale?

Helen: I have never been very keen on the Medieval tales of Arthur which are set in the 12th – 13th Century, but when I discovered that if Arthur had existed he would have lived circa 450 – 500 AD I became interested. I researched the “facts” and the early legends of Arthur – and became hooked!

Keira: What is your favorite scene in the Kingmaking?

Helen: Where Gwenhwyfar pledges her future unborn sons to the young Arthur when he is declared the next Pendragon.

Keira: What are some challenges in writing the Banner Trilogy?

Helen: I wrote what turned out to be The Kingmaking and half of Pendragon’s Banner before I was accepted by a mainstream publisher – before I knew I was any good as an author, so the hardest part was keeping going during those times when I wondered if I was wasting my time. I also found writing the third part, Shadow of the King, hard as I knew Arthur had to die at the end. It had taken about ten years to write the first two books, so Arthur was a very close friend by then. I felt like I was breaking off a long-term relationship!

Keira: How would Arthur define love? Gwenhwyfar? You?


Arthur: As honour and loyalty – though not  fidelity. He was not faithful to Gwenhwyfar physically – but he never loved anyone else.

Gwenhwyfar: she was faithful but Arthur made her so angry at times – and tragic events sometimes overtook her feelings. Both of them would die for each other though.

Me? Love is without condition. Love is being loyal and understanding. Love is getting angry – but always forgiving.

I heard a wonderful quote once: Love is what is in the room at Christmas when everyone stops talking and you sit and listen.

Keira: Arthur has a bunch of affairs in the Kingmaking; what do you think makes a great (written) bedroom scene?

Helen: Not going over the top. By all means be explicit where necessary – but not in every scene and not for pages and pages, a paragraph – or even a sentence is sometimes enough. My personal rule is: would I feel comfortable reading this aloud before a group of strangers? If the answer is no, it doesn’t go in.

Keira: Outside of Arthur and Gwenhwyfar, who is your favorite character to write?

Helen: Do you mean in the Trilogy? Oh Bedwyr without a doubt.

Outside the Trilogy – my pirate, Jesamiah Acorne (who funnily enough is very like Arthur!)

Keira: What is the worst character flaw in Arthur and Gwenhwyfar?

Helen: Arthur’s bloody-minded stubbornness – and Gwenhwyfar’s hot temper.

Keira: What can we look forward to in Pendragon’s Banner?

Helen: The deepening of their relationship – and more tempestuous quarrels. Arthur is now King – and has his work cut out to stay King. I suggest you have a box of tissues (Kleenex? Is that the US term?) handy though!

Keira: What do you hope your readers will gain from your books?

Helen: An insight into what life was like in the Dark Ages – and that there is much, much more to the story of Arthur than the Medieval made-up tales of non-existant round tables, Holy Grails and knights in armour.

Keira: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

Helen: Only that I hope your readers enjoy my books – and perhaps fall in love with Arthur like I did, despite him being the rogue he is.

Keira: Thank you Helen! You can learn more about Helen and her writing at