Thursday, October 18, 2007
In Detail with Nicola Beaumont
Tell us the book title and your author name.
The Resurrection of Lady Somerset by Nicola Beaumont
What inspired the book?
After reading regencies, and then researching the period, I fell in love with the romance of the era and had to pen something to match.
What makes this book special to you?
The most special thing about this book is that it is my first regency. When I began, I wasn’t sure if I was getting the right tone and feel, and so I entered the manuscript in a contest. The story placed and got rave comments from the judges, so I endeavored to finish the book…and it found publication.
What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY?
I think the most intriguing thing about this book is there is a twist at the end. So far, no one who has read it, has seen it coming, so I think that’s a compelling reason why people “must” read it.
What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity?
A mixture of life and idealism spark my creativity. Usually, I see a situation in real life—either in my own experience or through someone else—and I imagine the ideal outcome, and the desire to write about it fosters a story idea.
As far as tips for others to find their muse…just write. Any idea that comes to mind, even if it ends up being kindling for the winter fire, write it. The cohesive plot and the skill to yield an interesting story will come.
What has been the biggest stumbling block in your writing? Can you share some tips to help others get past similar problems?
Time. It’s very easy to become too busy to write. If one is serious about writing as a career, it’s important to incorporate a regular writing regimen, whether it be a set amount of time or a set amount of pages per day or per week. Stick to the schedule.
What do you think motivates people to become authors? What motivated you to get into this unusual industry?
Writing is something writers must do. There is no option but to create. The motivation is initially innate. For some, there may be some external motivations that follow—maybe the idea of fame and fortune (which doesn’t happen for most authors)—but deep down, the motivation is being able to see tangibly what was once only an imaginary tale.
My own motivation was, and is, solely to tell the tale. I write for the same reason I read—to “see” a happily-ever-after unfold where flawed people overcome their flaws and find true happiness.
Tell me about the most unusual things you have done to promote any books?
I’m a pretty staid person. I’m not sure I’ve done anything unusual…except maybe go on a virtual book tour! :0)
FICTION - If there is a setting, tell us how you decided on that setting and what you did to create a complete and vivid setting for your readers?
A lot of time is spent at Somerset Manor. It’s a large estate in which the heroine has lived as a veritable hermit almost her entire life—with the “world” thinking she was actually dead. I chose that setting because it was a challenge to have the hero keep the heroine a secret while there are people coming and going.
In order to create vividity I use as many sensory descriptions as possible. A reader must experience the setting in the same way the character does—sights, smells, noises, etc., all have to come alive.
FICTION - What inspires you about the hero or heroine in your book? What makes them memorable for the reader? What motivates the hero and/or heroine? You can include information about both if you want.
Readers will like Lark and Jonathon for the same reasons I do. Lark is both vulnerable, yet strong. She has lived with a quiet security that was almost like a prison, yet to risk moving out into the world means she may lose not only that security, but her dignity as well.
Jonathon has had to deal with rumours and innuendo which made his life difficult, yet rather than succumbing to the pressure, he has always risen to the occasion and fought the good fight. Now, with his betrothal to Lark, he has to face all his worst fears about being accepted by gently Society.
Thank you for visiting with me and in closing, give us your website address and a link to order your book.
Thanks for this great opportunity to share. I invite people to visit my website at www.inicola.net To order a copy of The Resurrection of Lady Somerset, visit Amazon.com or at The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&produc