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Author spotlight: Anne Gracie

4 September 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have Anne Gracie.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Who can remember? Probably Georgette Heyer, though I didn’t think of her as a romance writer. And when I was a teenager I used to read my married sister’s Lucy Walker books. As far as more modern writers go, it might have been Johanna Lindsay, Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz, or Mary Jo Putney.

What do you write?

I write heartwarming Regency-era historical romance, usually in series. I’ve written a four-and-a half book trilogy and a five-book quartet <g> but then I managed to settle down to write quartets. Although I might mess that up if I wrote more novellas. I’ve just started my fifth series.

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

Often I’ll be just waking up or drifting off to sleep and a scene will come to me—a bit like a movie rolling in my head. Then I have to work out who and what it was about—it’s often a character with a problem, and it goes from there. I’m an organic writer and though I often have future scenes in mind, I don’t plot everything out in advance. I like the surprises that happen along the way—for me, as well as the reader.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

The Perfect Rake, and it would star Tom Hiddleston as my hero, Gideon. My heroine would be played by Emma Watson—and I know Prudence is meant to be plain, but a good actress can carry that off. In any case, to Gideon she’s beautiful.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

The Scoundrel’s Daughter kicks off a new series called The Brides of Bellaire Gardens, which is a large (fictional) garden square in London entirely surrounded by houses. Each one of the brides is a young woman trying to live down her father’s/mother’s/family reputation and live life on her own terms.

The Scoundrel’s Daughter explores two quite different romances, one with an older couple—she’s 38, widowed with no intention of marrying again, and he’s a former soldier, also widowed with three small daughters—and he believes in Love. The other romance is with a younger couple who strike sparks off each other from the start.

What else are you working on in 2021?

I’ve just finished the first draft of The Rake’s Daughter, book #2 in the Brides of Bellaire Gardens series. I’ll revise that after my editor has given me feedback. I’m also working on a Christmas novella to self-publish.

Anne’s latest releases:

You can find more information on Anne on her website.

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