Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Interview: The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn


Join me in welcoming author Ella Quinn back to Leatherbound Reviews. Ms. Quinn’s second novel, The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh is now available for pre-order. To celebrate, Ella is doing a mini blog tour, and I have the honor of interviewing Ms. Quinn about her upcoming release. Anna Marsh’s story sounds just as good as Lady Phoebe’s!

Tell us about Anna and Lord Rutherford. They have known each other since they were children. Can you tell us a little about their history?
Rutherford was Anna’s brother’s Harry’s best friend, and closest neighbor. They were ten when Anna was born. Harry bonded with Anna immediately, and spent a lot of time with her, so Rutherford did as well. Anna decided early on that she wanted to marry Rutherford, and he intended to marry her as well, but waited too long to ask which created a world of problems.

This is book two in The Marriage Game series. What has been your favorite part about writing this series so far? 
The characters. When I first realized I was writing a series, I had a fear of the books being too similar. I’m on book #5 and so far, I don’t think that’s happened. I also enjoy bringing back the characters. They are like old friends one wants to visit with.

So far you have written hero-returns-home-to-seek-out-long-lost-love and longtime-friends-become-lovers tropes. With these written and several more planned, what is your favorite theme to write? Is there one that intrigues you more than others?
I have a penchant for the have-to-marry trope, and there are so many different variations on the theme that can happen during the Regency.

What is it that drew you in to writing Regency romances? Why not another genre?
The first story my muse gave me was a Regency, and I love it. I’ve been reading Regencies for over 40 years. I adore everything about the period. In some respects it was a place out of time, like the late 1960’s of the 20th century.

What’s your favorite part of the writer’s journey or your favorite thing about being an author? 
Aside from the fantastic friends I’ve made? Being able to write stories that people want to read. One reviewer sent me a copy of the review she plans to post on The Seduction of Lady Phoebe. It was so lovely it brought tears to my eyes.

Finally, what can readers look forward to when reading The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh?  
Spies, smugglers and happily ever afters.

Sounds wonderful! Thank you, Ella for joining me today. I hope The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh sees much success!

Jakki thank you so much for having me on today. I really enjoyed it.

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From the Publisher:
Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife…
Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh… 

Author Bio:
     Ella’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
     She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI home.
     Ella is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Across History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her first book, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, will release in September 2013. The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, Quinn's second novel, will be released in November 2013.


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34 comments:

  1. There's nothing better than making readers happy, is there? I loved Anna and Sebastian (I like the name even though he doesn't) and also the secondary romance. Can't wait to read Lady Phoebe!

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Susana. Yes, there is a secondary love story! It was an interesting and challenging book to write. I'm so glad you liked it.

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  2. Another great interview. Can't wait for your books to come out. I've read one, and loved it. Best of luck with all your books, and congrats on your new contract!!

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  3. Thank you, Callie! You're so sweet for coming by.

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  4. I love Ella's books because the characters are so much fun. you can tell they have minds of their own! Tweeted

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    1. Nancy, thank you so much. They do tend to do what they want. Some people don't believe me when I tell them I have very little control over my characters.

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  5. I can't wait to read this one!

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  6. Hi Beth. I know it seems like a long time, but it will be here before you know it.

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  7. Looks great! I am happy that the books will be available at the same time for Nook as for Kindle!

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    1. They are all over, even overseas and available now! Thank you for coming by, Maria.

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  8. 5 books: Whee! Lots more to look forward to :)

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    1. It is, Linda. I'm editing the 5th one now, and my publisher just contracted the 4th one.

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  9. I loved the interview, Ella! Best of luck with your book. I am so looking forward to reading it!

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  10. Thank you, Lane. I really appreciate that!

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  11. Ella,
    I enjoyed your interview. I'm always in awe of authors who write in the Regency Era. So many rules, but I enjoy reading them. I wish you continued success! ^5

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    1. Hi Diana. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thank you.

      I love research and digging into the customs and mores of the culture.

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  12. Ella, your stories sound so intriguing and I can't wait to read them. 80% of the books in my Kindle archives are Regencies, my favorite genre to read. There's something so fascinating about that era.

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    1. I agree, Sandy!! It's my favorite era as well. Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in my books!

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  13. Great Interview and I look forward to reading your book!

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  14. Great interview. I'm going to need a new bookshelf for all these great new books of yours.

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    1. LOL, Daryl. Make it a big one. The next series has 10 kids and their friends, not to mention some left over characters from this one.

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  15. Awesome interview. I love hero-returns-home-to-seek-out-long-lost-love and longtime-friends-become-lovers tropes. I can't wait to see what you have next in store for us.

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    1. What a lovely thing to say, Kipha. I did give you a hint.

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  16. I'm very excited to read this book.

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    1. Brenda, you don't know how happy that makes me!!

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  17. What's not to love about spies, smugglers and happily-ever-afters? Especially when set during the Regency, my very favorite era! I do love a series like this as it gives you a chance to visit with the characters you love and see the happily-ever-after!

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    1. I love bringing back the other characters, even if only for a few pages. Thanks for stopping by, Louisa!

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  18. Thank you all for stopping by and commenting on Ella's interview. I'm sure she appreciates your support! She is one talented author who appears to have a great following! :) Her characters sound so intriguing. I am anxious for their release as well as the others in her The Marriage Game series! :)
    Thanks again, Ella for the wonderful interview! :)

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  19. Thank you, Jakki. I really appreciate you having me on again!

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