Hey everyone! Today, we’re joined by Caroline Linden, author of My Once and Future Duke, for a special Q&A!
See what Caroline thinks about being a writer. You can also find out more about her book, read an excerpt, and enter a giveaway at the end!
And if you want to know what we think about the book, the GingerSnap reviewed My Once and Future Duke on her blog.
Our interview with Caroline
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I went to Bath in England. It wasn’t entirely a pilgrimage, but it was very inspirational—I wrote a book (Blame It on Bath) set there solely because I’d been and seen it for myself, and also spent a fortune on research materials I was very keen to deduct as work-related.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I suspect the two biggest are almost diametrically opposite. One is thinking that your book must be perfect before you can sell or publish it, that a single comma out of place will ruin everything. It won’t. This is why there are editors, and copyeditors, and their role is very important in making a good story into a great book. The other trap, though, is believing that everything you write deserves to be published and seen by the world. It doesn’t. Write some practice stories and acknowledge they are not good enough and you should learn from the experience of writing them, and then delete them from your files.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Hmm. It depends. You definitely need confidence in yourself, and perseverance in the face of obstacles and setbacks (and negative reviews), but thinking you’re better and more deserving than everyone else rarely serves anyone well. Luck plays a big role in publishing.
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
I don’t think so, but I have definitely overdosed on a particular writer. It always scares me and I put away that author’s books for a few months, so I can go back to loving every page of them.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Eve Silver is one of my best friends and also an incredible storyteller and writer—we brainstorm and sometimes read each other’s drafts. Maya Rodale and Katharine Ashe are two of my dearest collaborators as well; we’ve written three joint collections of novellas (two of which also featured the late, wonderful, much-missed Miranda Neville). Then there are authors like Julia Quinn and Kristan Higgins, who inspire me with their own stories and business sense, and authors like Sarah MacLean who is the biggest cheerleader for all romance, who will always encourage you to write that off-the-wall plot you’re thinking about—and tell you to make it even more extravagant and different. I love them all.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I do try to make each book stand on its own, but most of my books are part of series, and so they do make the most sense and allow for a larger story when read as part of the series. And I can’t resist putting in small connections between books—not vital, but things that long-time readers will recognize and hopefully enjoy.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
As a writer, Scrivener is the best thing! It’s a writing program that works for my non-linear writing style, and keeps all the research and notes in one place.
What did you do with your first advance?
I spent it! I had two small children when I sold my first book, and I’m sure it bought juice boxes and new shoes.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas is my favorite romance ever. I never think it gets enough love.
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? I think it would have to be a cat, since there’s usually a cat on my desk, trying to lie across my keyboard, while I write.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I’d guess about ten, with another five or six ideas sketched out and never developed.
About the book
My Once and Future Duke
Series: The Wagers of Sin #1
Release date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
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What happens at the infamous Vega Club . . .
Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.
Stays at the Vega Club . . .
Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. If he wins, he wants her—for a week.
A week with Jack could ruin what’s left of Sophie’s reputation. It might even cost her her heart. But when it comes to love, all bets are off . . .
“Why did you propose that wager?”
He leaned forward, elbows on his knees, and looked down at her. His golden hair was rumpled into waves that made her long to smooth it. “Haven’t you guessed?”
She angled her face toward him. “Tell me. I’m no good at guessing.”
He let out his breath, his eyes shadowed, and then he bent and kissed her. His mouth was soft against hers, a gentle hint of a kiss rather than a real one. A soft sound of pleasure hummed in her throat.
The duke lifted his head. For a moment they stared at each other. “Is that all?” Sophie whispered, belatedly realizing how her heart was thudding. “All you want?”
“No.” He traced one finger, as lightly as a feather, down her throat. A shiver rippled over her skin. “Not by a tenth.”
“Show me,” she whispered. “Please.”
Giveaway Terms & Conditions
Open to US shipping addresses only. Five winners will each receive a paperback set of What a Woman Needs and What a Gentleman Wants by Caroline Linden. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 3/9/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.