Katharine Ashe among its “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She is a two-time nominee in the Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards, and her novella, A Lady’s Wish, launched Harper Collins Publishers’ e-book imprint, Avon Impulse, to rave reviews.
Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, two dogs, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She loves hearing from readers!
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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I write sensual Regency adventures with lots of deep emotion, intrigue and a secret identity or two. I absolutely adore writing love stories. I love history too (in my other job I’m a professor of European history), so putting the two together is thoroughly dreamy.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Since at least the third grade when I rewrote Margaret Rey’s “Pretzel: The Longest Dachshund in the World”, giving Pretzel a less horridly snobbish love interest.
What kind of writer are you? Pantser or Plotter?
I plot a broad outline, everything revolving around the most emotionally intense parts of the story. But the characters often take me places I don’t expect, and where they lead I happily follow.
Why historicals? What about this era draws you in?
I revel in the contrast between the decorous order of Regency high society and the vast, dangerous, richly textured empire Britain was building during this era. My heroes and heroines find themselves stealing kisses in the shadowy corners of ballrooms as well as on ship decks, and locked in embraces beneath both snowy mistletoe and wind-swept palm trees. Really, the opportunities for dalliance — both deliciously familiar and delectably exotic — are endless!
Where do your ideas come from?
Travels in Europe and Britain. Deliciously exciting history books. Music. Museums. But mostly they come from the characters tapping on my shoulder telling me I must write their stories.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Cool spinster meets barbaric rogue, can’t keep their hands off each other, desperate denial, surrender, intrigue... powerful love.
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love stories with a lot of emotional intensity, tons of adventure, intricate plots and a deep feeling of rightness about the protagonist’s actions. Romance is essential.
Have you ever fallen for another author's hero? If so, who and why?
Rachel Gibson’s Nick Allegrezza from TRULY MADLY YOURS. He’s a gorgeous bad boy with a really scarred past and a really good heart, and he’s loved the same girl his entire life. But I’ve got to be clear: I fall for a hero not for my own sake, but because he’s perfect for his heroine.
Belle of the Ball, Wallflower, or Widow?
I like them all! It depends on the story. =)
Describe the characteristics that make up your perfect hero.
Other than mouthwateringly hot? =) Strong, intelligent, powerful, really good at what he does, and what he does ultimately helps other people who aren’t as strong and powerful as he. I love a hero with a secret identities, who’s dying to tell the truth to the woman he’s falling in love with but who can’t in order to protect her or others and it tears him apart. And my perfect hero loves one woman and will willingly change himself for the better to win her.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Play with my son and dogs, dine at fabulous restaurants and see movies with my husband, run, and garden. And, of course, read romance novels!!
Moonstruck. (Sublimely wonderful.)
Green and blue – the color of life, and the color of the ocean.
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I just read proofs for book #2 in my Falcon Club series, HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY, coming June 26, and now I’m finishing up edits to book #3, HOW A LADY WEDS A ROGUE, that’ll be out September 25.
Thanks so much for stopping by Katharine!
What are some of the characteristics that make up your perfect hero? Answer for your chance to win a signed copy of Captured By a Rogue Lord- nominee for the 2011 Reviewers' Choice Best Book Award for "Best Historical Romantic Adventure.
London gossips are asking: What use has society of an exclusive gentleman’s club if no gentlemen are ever seen to pass through its door?
After years as an agent of the secret Falcon Club, Lord Leam Blackwood knows it’s time to return home to Scotland. One temptation threatens his plans—Kitty Savege. The scandal-plagued lady warms his blood like a dram of fine whiskey. But a dangerous enemy stands in the way of desire, and to beat this foe Leam needs Kitty’s help…
Kitty never wanted to spend her holidays in a wretched country village! With snow up to the windows, escape is nowhere in sight. A roguish Scottish lord, however, is. His rough brogue sends tingles of heat from Kitty’s frigid toes to her chilled nose, but she’s confident she can withstand that. What she cannot control is the reaction of her carefully guarded heart when she discovers this beast is, in fact, no beast at all…
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