Why do you write?
I am happy and settled when I write.
Name one eye-opening thing you learned from your book research.
During the Belle Epoque era in which I typically set my books, international trade was as prominent as it is today. A typical Brit’s breakfast would have tea from China/India, meat from
Do you have a favorite motto?
Strength and honor, which I first heard in The Gladiator.
Do you have a favorite fictional hero? Favorite fictional heroine?
I don’t know if they are my absolute favorite but I love Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. He represents everything I like in a man, strength, principles, and the ability to come and say he has been wrong when he as been wrong. She represents everything I like in a woman: a sense of humor, both compassion and the ability to judge when someone is lacking in character, willingness to admit her errors, and most of all, her absolute refusal to accept anything less than Mr. Darcy’s best.
Which fictional character would you hang out with?
Hmm, compelling fictional characters aren’t always fun—sometimes they are just so darned angsty. So I’ll say the Muppets. Now that’s a bunch of characters who will keep me riotously entertained. Can you imagine sitting next to Miss Piggy and listening to her judge people’s outfits? And then she’ll turn to me, give me the once-over, and go, “Uh, honey, no.” I’d pay good money to make that happen.
What is one of your favorite book covers, your own or someone else’s?
I am very fond of the cover for TEMPTING THE BRIDE, the third book in the Fitzhugh Trilogy—BEGUILING THE BEAUTY being book 1, of course. I love the white and gold color scheme. But more than that, I ADORE the expression on the heroine’s face. That is
What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
That I rarely watch costume/period drama. I’ll watch Pride & Prejudice and The Young Victoria, cuz they are pure love stories. My friends have been urging me to try Downton Abbey.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever learned by Googling your name?
That I’ll be giving a talk on incontinence. J There is a urologist with the same name.
If you could go backward or forward in time which would you chose? Why?
Forward. We already know what happened in the past.
Sherry, please share with us more about “BEGUILING THE BEAUTY” being released by
We have a young, eligible duke who is also a naturalist—he’d be called an evolutionary biologist by today’s terminology—giving a lecture at
Little does he know, said great society beauty happens to be in the audience. And though he never mentions her by name, she recognizes a highly distorted version of herself. This is a knife in the heart to her, as the duke drags up painful memories that she has been trying to bury for many years.
Our beauty, however, has no idea that the duke has been in love with her ever since one glimpse of her ten years ago, despite the fact that he believes her to be quite the rotten egg. So angry beauty plots revenge in the form of seduction aboard the ocean liner
And the duke, who’s been aching to forget the uber-beauty, falls in head over heels in love with the mysteriously veiled stranger who calls herself Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg…
I noticed that BEGUILING THE BEAUTY is set in the late Victorian era? What is it about this time period that piqued your curiosity that made you set your series in?
Okay, I want to give a warm welcome to Venetia Easterbrook and Christian de Montfort, the young Duke of Lexington. (Waving franticly, trying to get the besotted couple’s attention). I know you two have gone through a lot to get to your happily ever after so I will try to be brief. (Blushes scarlet as she catches the intimate glance between the newlyweds, clears her throat).Okay, so you two are still in the honeymoon stage, I see. I would like to know what each of you thought when you first laid eyes on the other. Was it love at first sight?
Christian: Yes. One look and ten years later I was still besotted.
Christian: Then I had to ruin those warm feelings by impugning your character.
Christian: You are too kind, darling. I behaved abominably.
Interviewer (blushes again): Ahem, when you met, did you believe in true love? You can both answer. I’m quite curious to know both of your opinions.
Christian: I did. But I didn’t believe it for myself, since I thought I was doomed to forever love a reprehensible woman.
Your Grace, name one thing about
Christian: That she exists.
Now back to Sherry
Sherry, while you were writing
Venetia and Christian have an intense affair during a transatlantic crossing. At the end of which he proposes, she declines and leaves. In a book like this, the most anticipated scene, at least for me, is the one where they meet again. Add to that her interest in paleontology, the scene takes place in the
You can’t beat a setting of dinosaur bones. J
Sherry, what is more difficult to write: an intense sexual scene or a heart-wrenching emotional scene? Why?
I always make sure that my most intensely sexual scenes are also my most heart-wrenching emotional scenes. It’s never just the sex that makes the love scene memorable, it’s always also the depth of emotions.
When you were writing “BEGUILING THE BEAUTY” did you have music playing in the background? If yes, what type? Does music play an intricate part in your writing?
Oddly enough, I played a lot of Viennese waltzs by Strauss–I’m not sure why. Angsty books are really easy for me to score, but lighter ones, like BEGUILING THE BEAUTY, present more problems. I end up listening to rather random stuff.
The right music totally gets me into the right frame of mind.
Which do you find is most important to you as a writer, voice or story? Why?
Story, definitely, since I consider myself a storyteller. Voice greatly enhances storytelling, but without a strong frame of story, voice by itself cannot sustain reader interest.
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I know this is a difficult question with there being so many amazing authors out there to choose from but who are some of the GOT-TO-HAVE authors in your TBR pile?
Meredith Duran, Kristan Higgins, and Eva Ibbotson, to start.
What’s next in the works for you? When can readers expect to see it out on shelves in their local bookstores?
After BEGUILING THE BEAUTY, which comes out on May 1, RAVISHING THE HEIRESS, book 2 of the Fitzhugh Trilogy, will be out on July 3, followed by book 3, TEMPTING THE BRIDE on October 2.
Sherry thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with Romantic Crush Junkies readers and myself; it has really been a blast getting to know more about you and your books.
Thank you. I’ve had a blast myself and it’s always great fun at Romantic Crush Junkies.