Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his Naval commission ends to find a young groom being beaten in the village stables. Weary from his travels, Quentin only wants a good night’s sleep, but refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad’s mistreatment. He intervenes, taking the lad to his room, only to discover a woman masquerading as a boy.
After Ally Lockwood’s family dies, she supports herself by assisting the local blacksmith with his horses. She’s not allowed to do the work as a woman, so she dresses as a boy, but her ruse is up when, due to injury, she’s disrobed by a handsome stranger. What starts as a shared supper, leads to so much more…
1. What or whom inspires your writing? For me, it’s not so much inspiration as dedication. Or maybe decision is a better word. I’ve made the decision to write. And yes, while some days I’m more inspired than others, if I only worked on my inspired days—I wouldn’t get much writing done. J
2. Do you have a Writing Ritual…music for the mood or a special place you hide away to be creative? As long as I have something to drink (hot or cold, depending on the weather) and a comfortable chair, I’m good to go. Too much noise at home will distract me, but I can usually move to another part of the house if noise is a problem. I do have teenage boys after all, so sometimes noise is a problem.
3. What are your current projects? My current project, I’m excited to say, is The Blacksmith’s Son’s sequel. A secondary character in The Blacksmith’s Son will get his own story. Working title is The Pickpocket’s Daughter.
4. What books have influenced your life most? In my pre-teen eyes and heart, The Black Stallion by Walter Farley was the absolute best book ever written. I read all the books in the Black Stallion series and really, before that time, I would have been considered a reluctant reader.
5. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I loved writing from a young age, and I remember high school teachers saying I was a good writer, but it never occurred to me to write a book. The first time it did occur to me was after I read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Those characters, Claire and Jamie especially, were alive to me! They were part of my life. I couldn’t stop thinking about them. After reading that book, I began to imagine and dream and believe I could write my own book.
6. What was the hardest part of writing your book? Wow. Tough question. Everything was hard about writing this book! None of it came easily to me, but I will say my second book, a historical romance novella, The Earl’s Christmas Colt, due to release on December 30th wasn’t as difficult to write as The Blacksmith’s Son. I think it’s all about improving your craft and gaining confidence in yourself as a writer.
1. Coffee or chocolate? You can only choose one! Chocolate. Tough choice, but the world is full of tough choices.
2. Favorite movie or TV show? Currently, my favorite movie is Catching Fire. The second movie in the Hunger Games series. I thought that movie was very well done.
3. Book that made you laugh hysterically, shed tears, or want to change the world? Surprisingly easy question for me; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
4. If you could write in any other genre, what would it be? Why?
5. What was the first romance novel you ever read?
Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss was the first romance novel that really stuck with me and can never forget.
6. What do you think is the most important element a book needs to be successful? A page-turning plot, fast paced enough to keep the reader engaged, so generally speaking that means you have to have lots of conflict.
7. How can readers connect with you and learn more about your writing?
You can find me here:
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/beccawriter
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Thomas/e/B00GN0T48U/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
ABOUT REBECCA THOMAS
Rebecca Thomas enjoys a love-hate relationship with Alaska. She lives there with her husband and two teenaged sons where she appreciates all the unique things the last frontier has to offer. When she isn’t reading, writing, or playing board games, she is cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches.
A reluctant reader as a child, she didn’t become interested in books until her teen years when she discovered historical romance. Now she loves all sub-genres of romance and can’t decide which one is her favorite.