I am so excited to be hosting Regina Scott on my blog today. Regina is one of my August 2013 Love Inspired Historical release sisters AND she writes Regency Inspy. So we’re publishing sisters and sisters of the same genre/era too. Of course, she carries more weight than I do, because she’s written 25 books and I have only written 3 so far.
Here’s more about Regina:
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she learned a bit more about writing. Since her first book was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian and Portuguese. She and her husband of over 25 years reside in southeast Washington State with their overactive Irish terrier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer, owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet and is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene. You can find her online blogging atwww.nineteenteen.blogspot.com. Learn more about her at www.reginascott.com or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorreginascott.
Now, on to the interview!
LG: What “eras” are your favorite, and is there an era you haven’t written about that strikes your fancy?
RS: The Regency period is a long-time favorite. So far, all 25 of my published books have been set in that era. There’s something about the fine manners, the witty dialogue, and the influence of Society that appeals to the romantic in me. However, I’ve wanted to write about pioneers in my own Pacific Northwest for a long time. That’s why I’m thrilled that Love Inspired will be publishing a new series from me, beginning in early 2014, based on the real-life story of Civil War orphans and widows who came to Seattle to be brides for the frontier lumber barons and entrepreneurs. Anyone remember the television series, Here Come the Brides? This is the Love Inspired version.
LG: If you could only read one fiction author/book for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
RS: Oh, this is so difficult! My first thought is Elizabeth Mansfield. She is the author who introduced me to Regency romances. I have reread her books so many times over the years! But my “keeper” shelf is groaning, and it would be hard to leave any of those books behind.
LG: What was the biggest stumbling block you had to overcome with your writing career?
RS: Time. When I first became serious about writing, I was a young mother with two preschoolers and a full-time job. Writing was done in long-hand on park benches and on a computer late at night and early in the morning. I still have trouble juggling other commitments, even now that the writing is closer to coming first.
LG: What is the biggest joy your career has brought you so far?
RS: Fan mail and blog comments. I absolutely love hearing from readers who enjoyed my books. Facebook and e-mail have made reaching out so much easier, but I’m still honored when a reader takes the time to let me know my words touched her heart.
I love hearing from fans, too. In fact, leave a blog comment on Regina’s guest blog, Lacy Williams’ blog, or mine from yesterday, and you will be entered to win an autographed bundle of the LIH August 2013 releases! US residents only, please.
And here’s a little bit about Regina’s August 2013 release, The Courting Campaign:
Emma Pyrmont has no designs on handsome Sir Nicholas Rotherford–at least not for herself. As his daughter’s nanny, she sees how lonely little Alice has been. With the cook’s help, Emma shows the workaholic scientist just what Alice needs. But making Nicholas a better father makes Emma wish her painful past didn’t mar her own marriage chances.
Ever since scandal destroyed his career, Nicholas has devoted himself to his new invention. Now his daughter’s sweet, quick-witted nanny is proving an unexpected distraction. All evidence suggests that happiness is within reach–if only a man of logic can trust in the deductions of his own heart.