10 Things Most People Don’t Know about Author Christy English – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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10 Things Most People Don’t Know about Author Christy English

1) I have been writing since I was eight years old. Most writers have been writing, or have been preparing to write, for all their lives. I am one of those people. I began my first novella at the age of eight, and the first chapter was half a page long. I only made it to chapter four, which meant that the entire “book” was only about three pages before I gave up. It turned out, writing fiction was really hard. Fortunately for me, over the years, it got easier. It’s still tough some days, but my chapters are a lot longer now. And my characters are a lot funnier.

2) I have a very long memory. When I was still writing my first novel, THE QUEEN’S PAWN, I went to hear Reynolds Price speak, and he mentioned that he had vivid memories from a very young age, from before he was a year old. He said that in his experience, writers often have memories from such an early time. I am not sure if he’s right about everyone, but my first memory is from a trip my family took when I was six months old. I wonder if other writers have those early memories as well?

3) I have vivid dreams. I dream in color, with long drawn out plots that last for what seems all night, even when I fall asleep for only an hour or two. My first romance, HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE, was born from a dream. I got the first draft of the first chapter from a dream, and the book went on from there. I am fortunate in that my characters showed up in the dream, and kept showing up for all the many drafts it took to get the book finished.

4) I am obsessed with waterfalls. Actually, to be fair, this is something people who follow my blog or my Facebook page already know about me. Since I moved to the mountains of North Carolina in the summer of 2013, I have fallen in love with waterfalls, soothing and invigorating at the same time. After a hard rain, I love to listen to the falls behind my house thunder on the rocks of the ridge. Now that it is winter, the leaves have fallen and the falls are visible from my sitting room.

5) I love to dance. When I try to dance someone’s choreography, I look a bit like a woman who has lost control of all her limbs. (Think Elaine on Seinfeld.) But dancing is such a wonderful path to joy that even my lack of coordination does not deter me. I prefer modern, free-form dancing, because then I only need to move as I choose to the music that’s playing, but even when I am stumbling through someone else’s steps, I still love it. I definitely need to take a class. Maybe jazz for the uncoordinated, if such a class exists.

6) I love sheep. The last sentence is as bizarre as it is random, but it is still the truth. I do not have a pet sheep nor do I ever intend to, but now that I live in bucolic bliss near Asheville, NC, I enjoy seeing sheep in person. As I drive to my job each day, I pass a farm with multi-hued sheep, a few brown, one black, and a few white. I watched them grow from boisterous lambs into the staid, calm, grass-cropping critters they are today. I have to point out that sheep figure as prominent parts of the backdrop to most of my favorite Regency movies. Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion both have opening sequences in which sheep are the stars.

7) I adore soft drinks. Specifically, Coca Cola, though lately I have been drinking a good deal of Dr. Pepper. I know very well that this habit is bad for me, that the sugars, the caffeine, and the acid in these sodas are going to send me to an early grave and add to my rounded behind. However, I love them. I drink them. They give me joy. So as long as I can keep myself to one or two a day, I feel virtuous.

8) For my day job, I work in a bank. Actually, this too is known because it’s in my bio. I enjoy my day job because, along with paying me, it allows me to see people. Living, breathing, fun folks who are not my characters. I love spending time with my characters, watching their antics as they tell me their stories and live on the page, but nothing can beat real people.

9) I used to write historical fiction. This is known, but I don’t always talk about why I switched to romance. I love my books about Eleanor and Alais, and I loved the history I had to learn in order to write them, but I have come to love writing my romances more. History always ends badly, especially for the kind and gentle, but when I write my Regency or medieval romances, things end well. Good people can be happy in my books, and that brings me a lot of joy. I don’t mean to say that good people can’t be happy in real life, because they can, but it is hard for characters to find a happy ending when they are caught in the tide of history.

10) I never thought I’d write about Highlanders. I have read about Highlanders for years, and I loved every minute of it. Jamie Frasier is the best example. But I never felt called to write about a Highlander until in my novel MUCH ADO ABOUT JACK, the hero showed up and just happened to be from Aberdeen. Though James Montgomery is a captain in the King’s Navy, he is still a Highlander and a gentleman. Seeing the world through his eyes for a little while made me realize that I needed to write about Highlanders for an entire series, and that’s when the Waters family showed up.

The Waters family made me laugh the entire time I was writing their series. As I watched Alexander Waters fall to the sweet, beautiful, quietly stubborn Catherine Middlebrook, I fell in love with the whole family. Over the course of the Broadswords and Ballrooms series, it is revealed why Alexander and Robert Waters were told to bring their sister Mary Elizabeth to London to marry her off in the first place, and we get to watch as each of the Waters siblings fall in love. It was a real treat for me, and I hope you enjoy their journey as well.

He’s the terror of the ton…

The plan is simple:

1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;

2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;

3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized ton can get any ideas.

Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn’t expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot…or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.

Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won’t allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians…no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.

Catherine wasn’t part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this “proper” English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves…and nothing will stop him from having her.

About the Author: Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me 🙂

  2. **sigh** Gotta love a book with a man in a kilt.

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