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Monday, November 25, 2013

Interview with Author Anne Cleeland and Giveaway

Meet author Anne Cleeland.

Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a degree in law from Pepperdine University, and is a member of the California State Bar.

She writes a historical fiction series set in the Regency period as well as a contemporary mystery series set in New Scotland Yard. A member of the Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America, she lives in California and has four children.

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A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.
Daughter of famous Egyptologists travels to Egypt to find her missing parents and discovers that she is at the center of a plot to set off another war.

What type of scene is your most favorite to write?
I love writing the opening scene—it has to be slightly ominous, and set the stage for the entire book. The opening scene in this book is in a Paris ballroom, even though most of the action is set in Egypt, because underneath all that ballroom glitter and politeness there is a battle going on, and that battle carries over into the rest of the book.

If you could have dinner with any three authors (alive or dead), who would you choose and why?
If you write Regency era like I do (the early 1800s) your first choice would always be Jane Austen. I’d love to have a question and answer period with Agatha Christie and J.K. Rowling, too---both have amazing, boundless creativity and both persevered against the odds to become enormously successful.

What is your favorite type of story to read?
I’ve read a million Regency romances and I also love mysteries—historical like those by Victoria Thompson and Laurie King, and modern-day, like those by Louise Penny. So the books in my series are kind of a hybrid, with a strong romance plotline and a strong mystery plotline combined together.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I have several more Regency adventure stories like this one ready to go—I love writing about this era. In addition, I write a contemporary British detective series; Murder in Thrall came out in July, and Murder in Retribution comes out next July. That series combines romance with mystery, and is set in New Scotland Yard. If you’d like to read an excerpt, please visit my website at

What type of heroine do you most enjoy: the brassy, bold and capable heroine or the ordinary heroine who is caught up in extraordinary events?

Hattie Blackhouse is the only child of famous Egyptologists, and when they go missing, she travels to their latest excavation in ancient Thebes only to discover that she is attracting interest from the French, the British, and the Egyptians, who believe her the reincarnation of a long-dead princess.

In the second book in the Regency series, the heroine finds herself in the crosshairs of factions who are vying to support or thwart Napoleon’s latest attempt at world domination—and she unknowingly holds the key.

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Up For Grabs:
  • 1 copy of Daughter of the God-King

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  • Leave answer Anne's question: What type of heroine do you most enjoy: the brassy, bold and capable heroine or the ordinary heroine who is caught up in extraordinary events?
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  1. I enjoy reading strong heroines. Nothing annoys me more than reading about a helpless female!

  2. I actually like both types, depending on the story. There are times when I'm in the mood for the quiet heroine in extraordinary circumstances. :)
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  3. I like the "brassy, bold and capable heroine" b/c they get into more trouble!!! LOL... thanks for sharing :)

  4. probably a combination of the two - strong & capable, and that gives her the strength to get thru extraordinary events

  5. Strong heroines are always engaging but sometimes the quiet, ordinary heroine can be the most impressive. There is no wrong answer here!

  6. Brassy, bold and capable. More entertaining to read about.

  7. The strong heroines are my favorite. If they aren't obviously strong in the beginning, they need to discover how much they can accomplish on their own -- or at least with only a little help from the hero. :-)

  8. I prefer the bold ones because I am like that so I relate to them better. The ones that are really shy and don't speak up bother the crap out of me!

  9. I like both.
    Thanks for the chance to win!