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This is a special post to share information about ‘The Uncompromising Lord Flint’ and includes the book synopsis, the author’s biography, an interview with the author and a rafflecopter giveaway! Read on to find out more:
Imprisoned by her past- Set free by her enemy!
Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?
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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. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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Many thanks to Virginia Heath for answering my questions! Read on to discover what she said . . . .
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
The King’s Elite series came about after I began researching the local history of the area in which I live. I’m a London girl, living to the east of the city where the River Thames flows into the Sea. I came across a story about a smuggling gang who used to sneak their contraband inland up the river by night and hid all their booty in the cellar of a Norman church just down the road from me. That got me interested in smuggling as a topic and, when I discovered that the nickname for the ramshackle Excise Men who used to try to catch the smugglers was the King’s Men, I decided to invent my own branch of smuggler-catchers who weren’t inept. In fact, they are quite brilliant- so the King’s Elite were born.
What is your writing process?
In a word- weird. I don’t plot. I’ve tried and it never works. Instead I see the book playing in my head like a film and I simply write down what I see. Because I am a full-time writer, I tend to keep to office hours- but with significantly more tea breaks. If the film in my head gets stuck, I take my dog Trevor for a walk to give my brain some fresh air. If that doesn’t work, normally I’ll sleep on it and the next scene magically creates itself overnight and is there waiting for me in the morning.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I write directly onto my computer and it’s a desktop not a laptop. I find the routine of sitting in my chair at my desk gets my head in the zone. I’m a creature of habit in that sense and my office is my workspace. I’ve tried writing in the garden or in other parts of the house and I get too easily distracted. Occasionally, if I’m on a train, I’ll hand write the odd bit but I always change most of it once I come to type it out. Besides, typing it is quicker in the long run because I’d have to type it all eventually anyway.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
My favourite character always changes from book to book. In The Uncompromising Lord Flint, my favourite character is the heroine Jessamine because she never gives up. I love her tenacity, stubborn refusal to be beaten and her resourcefulness. She also has a massive streak of vulnerability which she would rather die than show to another living soul. And she drives the poor hero mad, which I find hugely entertaining.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Lord Flint’s mother- the Baroness of Penmor- is an absolute hoot, so I would love to be her. Nothing fazes her and she has a very eccentric take on life. She also has some of the funniest lines in the book.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
There is a very good reason why Lord Flint is called Peter, and it’s funny, so I cannot tell you else it would spoil the final reveal. The heroine is called Jessamine because she is half French and I wanted an old fashioned French christian name which would sound unusual but could easily be shortened.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and liaising with the author to obtain answers to my questions!