Welcome back, Celia May Hart
Two very different sisters with one thing in common--the good fortune to find men who'll show them how heavenly sin can be...
Lucy Waverton's wild escapades are the talk of the ton. Fleeing the notorious Earl of Radbourne's carriage after a delicious seduction, she meets a soldier whose hard body and rebellious streak stir her newly awakened desires. Sergeant Michael Hall may be low born, but his every caress takes Lucy higher and higher, into a realm of pure carnal ecstasy...
Searching the country for her reckless younger sister, Caroline Waverton instead finds herself in the company of the rogue who reputedly ruined Lucy. Alex Radbourne is decadent, depraved, and devilishly skilled at uncovering Caroline's secret, forbidden desires. The refined Miss Caroline has a thoroughly wanton side, and though each knows the affair is wrong, nothing could feel more right than surrendering to sinfully erotic abandon...
Made for Sin is set in Regency England. How did you become interested in this time period? What you love about it?
For that, we need to go back into the mists of time.... I think the culprit would have to be either my introduction to Georgette Heyer, or the movie “A Hazard of Hearts”, based on a Barbra Cartland novel. I fell in love with the costuming and the “hamming” by the actors and decided that this must be a fun period. Heyer’s adventure tales confirmed it, plus that added wit. Since then, I have glommed Heyer and Austen and every film adaptation I can find.
What do you like least about this period? Anything that constrained you or that you had to plot carefully around?
A woman’s reputation is always to be upheld. They certainly don’t gamble, get into a closed carriage with a man who is no relation and oh, all sorts of things. Fortunately, my heroines are bad girls. They still face the consequences of their actions (for the most part) and that makes it interesting.
What sparked this book? Was it a character? An historical event? A scene you just couldn’t get out of your head?
It’s interesting -- the wild-child younger sister Lucy and the army sergeant started this book. I wanted to move out of refined circles a bit, where “manners” don’t matter. About half way through though, Lucy’s older sister Caroline and her Earl captured my attention, so the book ended up about evenly split between the two, which is unusual.
Did you have to do any major research for his book? Did you stumble across anything really interesting that you didn’t already know?
I had to figure out how long it took to get from
Care to share a bit about your writing process? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you write multiple drafts or clean up as you go?
Last time I participated in this interview, I wrote that I was a bit of both. I think that is still true, although lately, all I’m getting is a beginning and I’m brave enough (once I’ve thought of a few things that might possibly be happening) just to jump into the void and have the characters take me where they will. I sometimes still have to stop and brainstorm what happens next and when I get started on that, I practically plot all the way to the end of the book. It’s weird. I used to just write in one certain style or routine, and now it’s whatever gets the words down.
What are you planning to work on next?
Is I wrote last time, I send in some new Aphrodisia ideas and I’m still waiting to hear back. Meanwhile, I’m finishing up a Dark Ages romance proposal, which is a tough sell given that everyone isn’t in fine attire. The wit, I have to say, is still quite dry and biting. I mean, that’s half the fun of writing a Regency.
After that, I need to go back to an Elizabethan historical fantasy idea that I started last year before contracts derailed me (not that I’m complaining!!!!)