Today I am super excited to welcome to RFTC author Maya Rodale. Maya is one of the first authors I read when I started reading historical and I just adore her books. The Heir and the Spare is one of my all time favorite books and I am just so happy she is here today. Maya is celebrating the release of her novella Three Schemes and a Scandal and has stopped by to chat. Before I give the floor over to Maya let's learn a bit about her.
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous “dazzlingly sexy and witty” historical romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and it’s readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.
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My character made me do it!
I always scoffed when authors talk about characters taking over a story, or having a mind of their own. You know they are not real, I want point out. My characters never did that, because I am the Goddess Of My Fictional World and my every word is law (until my editor gets her hands on my manuscript). But then I invented Charlotte.
She was just the hero’s sister who was supposed to spend the book “off stage” away at finishing school. But then she came to a dinner party with the hero, the “wrong” fiancé and her overbearing mother. This happened—and this is only the beginning:
“You must know Lady Millicent Strange,” Charlotte said. “She moves in the most select circles, as it seems that you do. You must be familiar with her.”
Miss Millicent Strange had been Charlotte’s imaginary childhood friend who was the regular instigator of all sorts of trouble. “Miss Millicent Strange did it,” Charlotte would say, “and she’s so very, very sorry.”
“Lady Strange and I correspond regularly,” Lady Richmond declared, taking another sip of her wine and then dabbing at the corners of her mouth with her napkin.
In A Tale Of Two Lovers, when I needed someone to slyly poke fun at the stuffy stuffy, know-it-all matron, Char was my girl.
“Lady Stewart-Wortly, you are remarkably well versed in the contents of numerous gossip columns, considering that you insist you do not read them and expose yourself to such debauched literature,” Lady Charlotte pointed out. For a seventeen year-old girl she was quite astute.
“You are in impertinent girl,” Lady Stewart-Wortly said, accurately, with a huff.
“I know, everybody says so,” Charlotte said.
In The Tattooed Duke, her conversation with the hero begins thusly:
“My name is Lady Charlotte Brandon and I’d like to assist you in causing a scandal.”
Wycliff choked on his champagne.
“I know, I’m extremely impertinent. And yes, my relations despair of me,” Lady Charlotte continued.
As you might expect, trouble, dramatics and even explosions occur.
You can see that Lady Charlotte was not content to be a throw-away secondary character. By A Tale of Two Lovers it became clear that she required a story—and a hero—of her own!
Over a long car ride with The Husband, we schemed and plotted and came up with a story that highlighted her imagination, her wit, her penchant for trouble and her noble intentions. In James Beauchamp, she gets a hero who, while slightly exasperated by her antics, loves that life is just more fun with Lady Charlotte.
Three Schemes and a Scandal is available now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Visit http://www.mayarodale.com for more details, sneak peeks from the story!
QUESTION: Who are some of your favorite secondary characters in romance novels?
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Enter the Regency world of the Writing Girls series in Maya Rodale’s charming tale of a scheming lady, a handsome second son, and the trouble they get into when the perfect scandal becomes an even more perfect match.
Scheme: A folly, a swan, a little lie . . . a compromising position
Lady Charlotte Brandon is always up to something . . . but somehow her best schemes for matchmaking often end in disaster.
Scheme: A family feud, outrageously false rumors, a shattered priceless vase . . . an even more compromising position
It’s no wonder she’s considered by at least one devastatingly handsome man to be devious, destructive, and dangerously appealing.
Scheme: A fox, a rabbit, a childhood foe, and a dashing rogue . . . the proposal to end all proposals
It’s high time someone turned the tables on the lovely Lady Charlotte, and James Beauchamp is just the man to do it. Even if it means beating Charlotte at her devious game with a scandalous scheme of his own.
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