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An Exclusive Interview with Felicity George, Author of A Lady’s Risk – Austenprose


From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

It’s nice to see Regency romance novels going robust, bolstered by the superb success of the Bridgerton Netflix sequence primarily based on Julie Quinn’s bestselling novels. It is inspiring to suppose that the story began as a spark within the author’s creativeness and have become an exceptional success. It can occur, writers, so carry on dreaming and writing.

I’m the everlasting optimist in terms of debut authors. I actually take pleasure in discovering a contemporary, new voice and serving to them attain their readers. Today I’m completely happy to introduce you to Felicity George. Her first Regency romance novel, A Lady’s Risk, revealed in September. It is a glowing, romantic tackle the style that historic readers who take pleasure in Tessa Dare and Mary Balogh will likely be desperate to dive in to.

Felicity graciously agreed to an interview through which we focus on A Lady’s Risk, the Regency period, historic analysis, and what’s up subsequent in her profession.


AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Welcome, Felicity. A Lady’s Risk is your debut novel. What is it about?

Hi, Laurel! Thanks for having me on Austenprose. A Lady’s Risk is in regards to the energy of unconditional love. Not merely romantic love, however love that binds household, associates, and associates who turn into household. The novel explores the vulnerability and reward of giving that love.

What is the best problem that your heroine, Lady Margaret, faces?

Lady Margaret suffered a heartbreaking betrayal when her beloved however proliferate elder half-brother squandered the household fortune. At the age of fourteen, Meggy discovered to fend for herself and handle the property on dwindling sources, whereas additionally elevating her two youthful siblings. By the age of one-and-twenty, she believes she can not rely on anybody apart from herself, and she or he’s constructed robust partitions to protect her coronary heart from future betrayal. But when the loss of her residence forces her to just accept assist from others—particularly Nicholas and his sister Rose—it turns into more durable to take care of her heart-fortification, particularly as her siblings develop to like their new associates.

What was Regency life like for Margaret and different ladies in her place?

Margaret is the daughter (and now sister) of an earl. Although her household is comparatively impoverished and scandal-ridden, she nonetheless enjoys a privileged place in society, which she herself acknowledges. However, as an single aristocratic woman, she has important constraints which a working-class girl wouldn’t have. Her seven-year-old brother is an earl—a future landowner and politician—and she or he takes her duty in elevating him significantly certainly. Since Meggy’s place in society and her function in citing a younger earl prohibit her from looking for employment (and such choices for girls had been extraordinarily restricted, anyway), she should search marriage to a person of fortune and place.  

However, Meggy can also be conscious that girls in her time had been actually on the mercy of their husbands. Upon marriage, their property grew to become their husbands (until in any other case said in marriage settlements), and until a spouse might show her husband endangered her life, she had no authorized recourses in opposition to him. Fleeing him revoked her rights to his “protection”, which implies she’d lose her property and her kids, if she had any. Meggy should marry, however she’s equally decided to make sure that the person she marries will likely be totally in her management. She gained’t take a danger, in different phrases. Of course, love doesn’t actually work that method.

Please describe your hero, Lord Nicholas. What character traits did you take pleasure in crafting collectively for him? What makes him interesting or unpleasant to the heroine?  

With Nicholas, I loved making a hero who initially presents as an alpha however is a beta through-and-through. Despite years of crafting a stand-offish persona, Nicholas’s cold-hearted veneer is paper skinny—and he is aware of it. His family and friends see by way of it shortly, so Nicholas doesn’t let himself get near many individuals. His 4 greatest associates (collectively, the 5 of them comprise ‘The Gentlemen of London’) and his sister are the one individuals who know him properly—and even with them, he avoids speaking about his demons.

Although Nicholas is instantly interested in Meggy’s look, it’s the juxtaposition of her power and intelligence with her effervescent joie de vivre and her candy innocence that hooks him. Believing he might solely destroy her happiness, he’s decided from the begin to strengthen his defensive veneer. But spending time with Meggy and her youthful siblings shortly breaks down his defenses.

Undoubtedly, Nicholas’s playfulness with the youngsters appeals to Meggy. Her brother and sister quickly adore him. Because Meggy loves her siblings devotedly, and by extension, loves what brings them pleasure, she’s reluctantly drawn to Nicholas. He reminds her of her beloved half-brother, within the days earlier than Edwin abandoned Meggy.

But additionally as a result of of Meggy’s expertise with Edwin’s desertion, she believes she will be able to’t belief Nicholas. She finds his mercurial methods complicated. Rather than seeing a delicate and loving man in battle, battling his demons, she perceives an untrustworthy man. He’s an excessive amount of just like the brother who abandoned her.

Why did you select the Regency period on your first novel? Were there any authors, books, or historic occasions that impressed you to put in writing the story?   

As is true of everybody who lives on this world, there have been some darkish occasions in my life. In the darkest of these occasions, I couldn’t watch tv or motion pictures in any respect, and I couldn’t learn books which had sad or bittersweet endings. Therefore, I learn Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Regency romance novels on repeat. There was one thing so powerfully therapeutic about escaping into worlds the place the characters needed to overcome battle and wounds, however all the time obtained a contented ending.

When the pandemic hit, a number of life circumstances got here collectively for me, and I knew that if ever I used to be going to perform my life dream of writing a novel, lockdown was my probability. In the darkness of that point, there wasn’t even a alternative of what I’d write: I knew I wanted to flee again to my decades-old protected place—the world of Jane Austen’s Georgian England.

A Lady’s Risk is a conventional, Georgette Heyer-inspired Regency romance (with a bit of steam, as beforehand said). The heroine of the second e book within the sequence, A Courtesan’s Worth, was impressed by real-life Georgian courtesan Harriette Wilson, however for my first novel, I paid homage to Heyer, the grandmother of all fashionable Regency romance.

What was your analysis course of for writing the novel? Did you uncover something stunning?

I’ve a grasp’s diploma in Art History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, so I’m a social historian by schooling and by ardour. In addition, the Georgian period (from 1714 to 1837) has fascinated me since childhood. I’ve learn the literature from the interval, I’ve studied its artwork, and I am keen on its trend. Most of the movies I watch and fashionable novels I learn are set in that interval. There isn’t any different period I like so properly.

Therefore, I’ve been creating the scaffolding for my analysis since childhood. I record my favorite modern historians within the acknowledgements of A Lady’s Risk, however as a historic novelist, I relied much more closely on major sources. Maps and guidebooks from that point—in addition to artwork—knowledgeable bodily descriptions of cities and locations. Novels of the period (Jane Austen, Frances Burney, and Maria Edgeworth, for instance) helped me flavour my dialogue with the essence of the Regency. Letters and journals are immensely useful for locating little particulars of every day life which historical past books omit.

The pleasure of major sources is how they replicate the world as individuals understood it on the time, quite than wanting again by way of centuries of filters, as a contemporary historian should.

Did I uncover something stunning? Oh, sure, heaps!! For instance, fashionable matches hadn’t but been invented, and I’ve one scene through which Nicholas lights a candle in a room with no fireplace. I spent hours researching how one would mild a candle in 1813 (it concerned dipping a particularly designed firestarter right into a sulfuric acid answer). I can actually fall into analysis rabbit holes!

What’s up subsequent in your writing profession?

Right now, I’m finalizing edits for e book two within the Gentlemen of London sequence, A Courtesan’s Worth. Book three is drafted and able to start the revision course of. After I’ve accomplished these 5 novels, I intend to stay with the Georgian period for future tasks, but it surely stays to be seen if I determine to put in writing extra Regency romance or department into different many years of the long-eighteenth century. I would discover one other style, too. My readers will most likely assist decide that alternative!!


AUTHOR BIO

Felicity George is a author and trainer from Toronto, the place she lives with her husband, her two teenage kids, a big cat, and a tiny canine. A lifelong devotee of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, Felicity adores a happily-ever-after. A Lady’s Risk, e book one within the five-part ‘Gentlemen of London’ sequence, is her debut novel.

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ADVANCE PRAISE

  • “A heart-warming and richly emotional debut that shines with sparkling wit, passion and fun.”— Nicola Cornick, bestselling writer of The Winter Garden, and The Last Daughter of York
  • “A delightful romance in which the spirited heroine has to decide if there are some things more important than love-or if, in fact, love encompasses them all”— Mary Balogh, bestselling writer of Remember Love, and Someone to Cherish
  • “This is a wonderful start to Felicity George’s Gentlemen of London series! It’s a heartwarming, sexy, and moving story with layered and unique characters and an epic love story.”— Julie Petitbon, One Book Moore

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Never belief a rake…

Lady Margaret has devoted herself to taking care of her younger siblings and the property whereas her half-brother fritters away the household fortune. Upon Edwin’s loss of life, she learns he has left them destitute and, worst of all, on the mercy of a infamous and merciless rake.

Lord Nicholas would a lot quite be pursing ladies for fast sport quite than taking care of a headstrong debutante with none prospects, in addition to her siblings. But Edwin saved his life as soon as, and now he owes him a debt. Fortunately, all he has to do is use Meggy a husband, and his debt will likely be paid.

There’s only one challenge: Meggy is nothing like what he’d imagined. And the extra time he spends in her firm, the extra he begins to wonder if he’s met his match…


BOOK INFORMATION

  • A Lady’s Risk: Gentleman of London (Book 1), by Felicity George
  • Orion Dash (September 29, 2022)
  • Trade paperback & eBook (406) pages
  • ISBN: 978-1398714144
  • Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance

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Cover picture, e book description, and writer bio courtesy of Orion Dash © 2022; textual content Laurel Ann Nattress & Felicity George © 2022, austenprose.com, an Amazon affiliate.



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