Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Q&A with Charlotte Brentwood, Author of Gloved Heart

Please join me in welcoming Charlotte Brentwood to Let Them Read Books! Charlotte is celebrating the release of her newest historical romance, Gloved Heart, book two in the Hearts of Amberley series, and I recently had the chance to ask her some questions about reading and writing romance!

Can she ever trust again?

Amy Miller is struggling to come to terms with her new life as a mother, while being a reluctant guest in a rigid gentry household. A victim of abuse, she is determined to never trust a man again.

Henry Russell has loved Amy for as long as he can remember, but his family want nothing to do with her. A chance encounter with Amy rekindles a friendship which might save them both.

The discovery of a secret which holds the key to Amy’s past will change them forever, and jeopardise any chance they have for happiness. Can Henry show Amy that true love will give her everything she could ever need?

Note, although this is a 'sweet' read, there is some subject matter that may offend sensitive readers, including mention of a rape and very mild violence and coarse language.

Hi Charlotte! Thanks so much for stopping by Let Them Read Books!

You describe your books as "romantic books for fans of classic love stories." Which classic love stories have inspired you the most?

All of Jane Austen’s work, as well as the Brontes, Georgette Heyer and Carla Kelly

Do your characters pop into your head fully formed, or do you discover who they are as you write?

A bit of both. With GLOVED HEART, I knew quite a bit about Amy and Henry because they were in the first book as minor characters. Usually I have a fair idea of how I want my characters to interact with each other, and then I have to go back and figure out why they’re acting that way.

What kind of research do you do to bring your historical settings to life?

Writing a novel set in a historic period, and in another country, requires many hours of research. Most of the time, I enjoy it. Research has sparked storylines a number of times. I try to put the right historical details in my work without boring the reader with too much information.

Can you describe what a typical day in your writing life looks like?

Well, I work at a day job, and spend the rest of the time looking after my nearly-two-year-old. So writing happens at night, after she’s in bed and all the chores are done.

What are you working on now?

My next book follows on from GLOVED HEART. In BARRINGTON MEETS HIS MATCH, we find out why John Barrington has turned into the man he is. I am going to have great fun torturing him with a strong heroine who’ll challenge him at every turn.

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About the Author:

Charlotte developed serious crushes on a series of men from age fifteen: Darcy, Knightley, Wentworth and Brandon. A bookworm and scribbler for as long as she can remember, Charlotte always dreamed of sharing her stories with the world.

Earning a degree in communication studies, she was seduced by the emerging digital world and has since worked with the web and in marketing. She is a member of the Auckland chapter of RWNZ.

Now mother to an adorable human tornado, Charlotte is trying to find the time for reading, seaside walks, warbling at the piano and quaffing far too many hot chocolates.


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