Today I’m happy to bring you Clair Brett, historical romance author of “strong heroines and the Lords who want to tame them.” Who wouldn’t want to read that? My first love has always been historical romance. There’s just something about a man in – and out of – a cravat.
So sit back and relax and soak in this brief but informative interview with Clair as we learn more about her and her upcoming release, Dealing With the Viscount.
What inspires you to write?
As an only child, I was forever making up stories to keep my Barbies and me occupied, so it is natural for my brain to be churning story ideas, and I need to do something with them. Now, as the mother of two girls, I want to create strong heroines who don’t always need saving and Heroes who I feel are worthy of one of my daughters as an example of what is possible. If they wouldn’t be one of my Heroes, they are not worthy of my daughters.
Which type of romance do you love most, and why?
I love a good historical romance. It sweeps me to a completely new world with different problems and obstacles, so I can fully get lost. I do have to admit if something gets blown up or there is a spy, I will fall in love with it even more. (I am a die-hard James Bond fan, so that is where that comes from).
Confessions of a Scoundrel by Karen Hawkins is one I go back to over and over again. It is just a fun story from beginning to end. Ms. Hawkins does a great job creating a strong heroine with a great backstory, but one who is vulnerable and thus susceptible to falling in love. The hero is thrown into a situation that at face value is one thing, but in reality is something very different, so he starts out the story back peddling and forever trying to keep up, but in the end is the hero we all want in our lives. It is the story that made me think, “maybe I could do that”. I even keep it on my research shelf in a special place.
Name two things people don’t know about you:
Hmm, I am really an open book, but readers wouldn’t know that I am adopted. It has been a large part of who I am as a person. I have a relationship with my natural parents and siblings and thanks to the adults in my life, it has been a wonderful experience giving me a lot of support when I needed it. I am an advocate for adoption when possible…
And my nickname as a child was Charlie, but many people in my small little home town still call me by that name. My dad used to call me Charlie Brown and it got shortened. I didn’t always like it, though.
A Bit About Dealing With The Viscount:
After making a wager of marriage to settle her father’s gambling debts, Ella Bowen-Thorn Renwick escaped the husband she foolishly began to fall for and disappeared into the Scottish countryside carrying a secret. Four years later, and the owner of her own bakery, she is still not free of the demands of men when a violent and anonymous blackmailer threatens her, her livelihood…and her daughter. And then, there is him…
Viscount Renwick still mourns the wife he began to love before her untimely death–that is until he discovers her alive and well living in Scotland. Now, Devon’s face to face with the wife he thought he’d buried and the daughter he never knew existed. He’d like nothing more than to welcome Ella back into his arms, but mysterious and troubling incidents and a history with an unloving father have Ella trusting no one.
But, if Renwick convinces his wife he’s the husband she always dreamed of and the father their daughter deserves, will the scandalous secret the blackmailer is holding threaten their future together once more?
Find Dealing With the Viscount here:
A Bit About Clair:
Dragon keeper and historical romance author, Clair Brett lives in New Hampshire with her hard-working husband and two teenaged daughters. Her office staff during the day consists of Cinta, a black cat and the matriarch of the fur babies; Mojo, a yellow kitten who spends his day holding Clair down in her seat to get her word count in; a boxer/beagle mix puppy named Willow who sleeps next to her chair to make it hard to do an Oreo run without doing a pee run as well; a hermit crab who keeps to himself; and a bearded dragon, who is kind of upper management.
A former middle and high school English teacher, Clair has had a lifetime love affair with reading. Once she read Pride and Prejudice as an extra read in high school, she was hooked. Clair began pursuit of publication when she was a new mother in need of a hobby. Her oldest daughter will be graduating in 2017, so you do the math. Clair is a firm believer that a reader finds a piece of who they are or learns something about the world with every book they read. She wants her readers to be empowered and to have a refreshed belief in the goodness of people and the power of love after reading her work.
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Thanks so much for joining us this holiday week, Clair! It was a pleasure to host you. 🙂