This adventurous duke…
The Duke of Marchford requires a suitable bride, but catching spies for the Foreign Office takes up most of his time. Not wanting to face another London season as an eligible man, he employs the notorious Madame X to find him a match.
Has met his match
Miss Penelope Rose knows the rules of marriage among members of the ton better than most. Her own unsuccessful attempts at matrimony did not stop her from becoming London’s most exclusive matchmaker. Marchford proves to be a difficult client, but as he draws on her social expertise to help him flush out a dangerous traitor, they find that falling in love may be the riskiest adventure of all.
Read more about Penelope and Marchford, in A Winter Wedding now available. To get you started in the series, the first book in the trilogy, Wedding in Springtime is being offered FREE for a limited time, and Midsummer Brideis currently only $1.99. Amanda loves to hear from readers so visit her at her website, facebook, or twitter.
Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
I’m so excited that A Winter Wedding has just been released, where Penelope Rose and the Duke of Marchford, after dangerously flirting with each other for the past two books, are finally getting to be the main characters.
Miss Penelope Rose, the notorious Madame X, exclusive matchmaker to London’s elite, has made a modest fortune creating love matches for everyone but herself. Her toughest client yet, the Duke of Marchford, has commissioned her to find him a bride, but he is more interested in tracking down a spy than in interviewing potential mates. Marchford is willing to do anything to find that spy, including announcing an impromptu engagement to force Penelope to stay close and help him catch the traitor. When Penelope refuses to play along, Marchford takes to wooing her to stay, including embracing that most perilous of holidays–Christmas! As Penelope and Marchford work together to uncover a deadly plot, they find falling in love is the most dangerous adventure of all.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I think I always wanted to be a writer, but was afraid of criticism, so I never shared my stories with anyone. Over time, I was encouraged to write by a friend and joined a writers group that gave me knowledge and encouragement. Once I gained the courage to start writing, it was so much fun I knew I had to continue!
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
There is a lot of advice out there, but one thing that has stayed with me is that the best promotion is to write your best book possible. I have tried to focus on honing my craft to produce the best possible novels, and I confess have really enjoyed doing so!
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
The “perfect hero” can come in many forms. I have written about many different kinds of heroes, some who are bold and outgoing, some who are more reserved, but one thing they all have in common is that they begin to see the heroine in an enchanted light. They all have the ability to see in their lady attributes and strengths she may not even know she has. The “perfect” hero is one who will love their mate wholly and completely, encouraging her to be the best person she can be. I actually think this is what makes a great heroine too!
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
As a working mom I don’t have a lot of time for my own hobbies, unless you count driving the kids around to all their various activities as a pastime (seriously, they have a much busier social schedule than me – was it like this when I was a kid? I don’t think so!). When I do get a chance to catch my breath I enjoy scrapbooking (my goal is to get the kids’ baby books done before they go to college!) and going for walks with friends.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Years ago, before I was married, I traveled to Europe by myself. I was there about a month and it was an amazing adventure. I traveled to Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, and England. I saw amazing works of art and architecture, historical sites, and met some great friends. I even ran into an old school friend, walking down the streets of Munich! It’s a small world!
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Although I have been to England (mostly London) I have never been to Scotland. I have now written several books set in the Scottish Highlands and have never visited – so wrong! I need to go. Whisk me away fairy godmother!
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I do have some favorites I enjoy and I must add that my husband cooks the best grilled salmon and the best flank steak I have ever tasted. (By the way, I think being a good cook is another attribute of an awesome hero!). I will try most things…but not everything!
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
Warm showers. I love to go camping, but a warm shower is the one thing I miss the most when I’m in the woods and the first thing I want to do when I get back home!
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
I love to go somewhere with a beautiful view, whether it’s looking out over the city lights or up at the stars. Add some chocolate and a wonderful companion and you have yourself a great date!
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
I’m mostly introverted in social situations, though I enjoy meeting new people. I hope I am generally kind and I’d like to think I’m creative when I’m writing a new book. I think my husband would add “stubborn”, which I would modify to “determined”.
What is your favorite comfort food?
I love mashed potatoes, but not just any mashed potatoes. Here’s my favorite recipe: start with a bunch of red potatoes, 1 sweet potato, and 1 parsnip. Peel the sweet potato and the parsnip and chop into large chunks along with the red potatoes. Boil until tender. Drain and mash into a bowl with butter, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Yum!
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
I do love the fall, it is exciting with the beginning of school, the dramatic changing of the leaves. I enjoy all the holidays during this time – my anniversary, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday(!), all leading up to my favorite holiday of all – Christmas!
What project are you working on next?
In A Winter Wedding there was one lady for whom Penelope could not make a match. Lady Kate was a hardened case, so naturally I had to take her on myself. She has been giving me trouble and protesting quite a bit, but I have a few surprises for her. And if that doesn’t work I’ll be forced to trap her into marriage. It’s for her own good!
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
I am planning on attending the Emerald City Writer’s Conference in Bellevue October 17-19. There will be a huge romance author book fair on the 18th and I plan to be there with the whole Marriage Mart trilogy!
Amanda Forester holds a Ph.D. in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance novels was decidedly more fun. Whether in the Highland hills or a Regency ballroom, Forester’s critically acclaimed novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. She lives with her supportive husband and naturally brilliant children in the Pacific Northwest.Visit her at www.amandaforester.com.