A Warriner To Tempt Her
A shy innocent wary of all men… After a shocking incident, shy Lady Isabella Beaumont is perfectly happy to stay in the background and let her sister get all the attention from handsome suitors! However, working with Dr. Joseph Warriner to help the sick and needy pushes her closer to a man than she’s ever been before. Is this man worth trusting with her deepest of desires…?
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What inspired you to write this novel? Where did the idea come from?
The inspiration came from a James Gilray anti-vaccination cartoon.
Despite the fact that Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination completely protected a person from ever contracting the disease, the people in the early 19th century where vehemently against it. There were two reasons for this. Firstly, the vaccine involved having the bovine disease cowpox injected into the person, which truly horrified them. And secondly, the government made the expensive vaccination compulsory but not free. In the cartoon you can see people being held down to receive the vaccine and then turning into cows! I love that they actually believed that during the Regency and simply had to write it.
What is your favourite book of the series?
As I wrote each book in the Wild Warriners series, each became my favourite. To be honest, all four of the Warriner brothers are so different and wonderful in their own special way, I couldn’t pick a favourite.
Do you have a dream cast for your characters? If so, who?
In my head, Dr Joe Warriner looked exactly like Matthew Goode, however since I received the cover, he’s looking more and more like that hunky cover model! Bella the heroine is Keira Knightley as she looks in Pride and Prejudice.
If you could be best friends with one of your characters who would it be and why?
That’s easy. The youngest Warriner brother Jake. He’s a naughty, charming rogue. I’m a famously bad influence too, so together we would have a blast.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which of your characters would you want with you?
Ooh- tough question, because they all have admirable traits which might come in handy. If I had to choose one, it would be the eldest brother Jack Warriner because he has the sort of dogged determination to succeed that I think we’d need. Also he’s very strong and could build me a nice shack to live in.
Did you bond more with a particular character? Who was it and why?
I enjoyed being inside the heroine Bella’s head because the story starts with her very broken. The abrupt and stand-offish exterior masks a woman who has been through an ordeal which she is not at all over but desperate to conquer. Her internal dialogue throughout the book reflects the huge personal journey she goes on as the story progresses. She’s also as brilliantly clever as the hero, perhaps more so, which made that aspect of their relationship fascinating to watch as it is set in a time when women weren’t supposed to be anything but good wives and mothers.
What’s your favourite colour?
Red. I adore it. There are little splashes of it in every room in my house. Even my dog’s collar is a jaunty scarlet. I think my love of it borders on the obsessive.
What’s your favourite food?
I’m a total spice fiend. Curries, Thai, Japanese, Mexican. Basically- if it has chilli in it I want to eat it.
What is your typical day like?
Very normal, I’m sorry to report. I get up early to drive Mr H to the station, take Trevor my eighteen-month-old Labrador for his morning walk then I do my mum chores. My kids are older now- 18 and 21- so I basically tidy up after them and perform chauffeuring duties. Then mid-morning till late afternoon, I head to my little office upstairs and write. Weekends are different and usually shoot past too fast. I don’t work at weekends, I go out. I visit friends, family or my daughter who is away at university.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Top of my bucket list is to see both the Northern and Southern lights. We went to Iceland last year to chase the Northern ones, and despite driving over two-hundred miles to the far end of the island, they proved to be elusive so I still haven’t seen them.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
In my bio it says that I’ve always made up stories in my head, and that’s true. Ever since I can remember that story-telling part of my DNA has been strong. It just took me a while to dare to pursue it seriously.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
I am a total tourist. I adore travelling to new places and immersing myself in the local culture. I’ve travelled extensively around Europe, North America and the Caribbean. I’ve done a tiny bit of Asia and Africa but nowhere near enough. Australia is the next big destination on my list. And Alaska. I’m addicted to the TV show Deadliest Catch which follows the lives of the Alaskan crab fishing fleet. I want to see where those ships dock. I’m a creative person, so I enjoy making things. Cooking, craft projects, a bit of dressmaking. I’m about to start a cake decorating course because my decorating skills are woeful. I also love to shop.
What are you writing now?
I’m writing a new series of historical romcoms called The King’s Elite, set against the backdrop of 19th century smuggling and espionage. The first book is written and I’ve just started book two of the quartet.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Just two things. Firstly, stop putting it off, procrastinating and talking about it and get on with writing the book. Without that, you’ll never be an author. Secondly, be tenacious. You are destined to get plenty of rejection letters, receive lots of criticism and hit lots of brick walls- but you have to learn from it all and keep trying.
What’s the hardest part about being an author? And the easiest?
The hardest part is probably the isolation. Writing is a lonely profession and it’s important to get outside into the world as often as possible. The best part is allowing your vivid imagination to run riot and get paid for it. I’m convinced I have the best job the world. The easiest part is the commute. All I have to do is climb the stairs.
How do you handle writers’ block?
I’ve learned that I’m blocked if the words are wrong. I’m not a plotter. I can’t plot in fact. I don’t know what’s going to happen until I’ve typed it. I’ll be going great guns, then suddenly the story in my head peters out and I have nothing. When that happens, I’m ruthless. I delete every word written since the last part of the story where I was on a roll and start again down a different path. I’ll always save those cut words in another document, imaginatively entitled Wrong Turn Stuff, as sometimes they can be reused somewhere else in the story- although more often than not they don’t. When the book is finished, I consign that spare document into the recycling bin.
Have you learned anything from your readers? Or had a response that especially touched you?
I love hearing from readers and hearing how my words have entertained them or cheered them up. However, sometimes they have ideas I hadn’t thought of. For example, my second novel Her Enemy at the Altar was always meant to be a standalone story. When readers kept begging me for a sequel involving the heroine’s younger brother, I knew I couldn’t ignore it. So my recent Christmas book, His Mistletoe Wager, was that long-awaited sequel and so far (fingers crossed) the readers and reviewers have loved it more than the first book!
Author Bio –
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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