I am very pleased to welcome historical author Carrie Lofty to the blog! I fell in love with Carrie’s writing back in 2010 when I read Scoundrel’s Kiss. I have since been captivated by her Christie family series. The first book, Flawless, released last October, and the most recent release, Starlight, released last week. I absolutely loved it and you can read my review here. Carrie also writes hot paranormal apocalyptic romance under the name Ellen Connor with pal Ann Aguirre, and will soon release erotic romance under the name Katie Porter with friend Lorelie Brown. Wow! Talk about a multi-tasker!
By Carrie Lofty
When coming up with the over-arching plot for the Christies series, in which four adult children of a self-made tycoon are bequeathed challenges rather than riches, I came up with possibilities as to where the siblings would go. Where would they find love and adventure?
Because FLAWLESS, the first book featuring older sister Viv, was going to be set in a diamond mining town, I wondered if all of the books could have a precious metals/gems theme. Rapidly, it became apparent that would be dull as plain white toast. Diamond mining…possibly intriguing. Gold mining…didn’t we just read this? Because yes, STARLIGHT was originally going to be set somewhere in a gold mining town.
In reimagining STARLIGHT, I decided to send the oldest Christie sibling, Alex, to his father’s home town, the rough and tumble Calton neighborhood of
. It would be a way for the
academic son to better understand his hard-charging, industrialist father. And,
as a bonus, there’s not a lot of mining in Glasgow, Scotland ! Glasgow
So what would his challenge be? How would Alex prove himself worthy and earn part of the family fortune?
Before I could settle on the answer, I (re)(re)(re)watched North and South, starring Richard Armitage as self-made mill owner John Thornton. The pieces clicked. I wanted to investigate that narrow line between the challenges of living in a hardscrabble place and the happiness that could be found in a tightly knit community. In the Victorian era, mills dominated many of
’s northern cities. Perfect! Britain
There’s an old saying about creating conflict in romance: If your hero’s a firefighter, make your heroine an arsonist. It’s an extreme example, but the heart of it is true. So who better to make life and love difficult for a mill master? The daughter of a union agitator. I gave them the same cause—make the mill profitable—but for different reasons. He wants to protect one person, his son. She wants to work for the betterment of a whole community.
Just enough purpose to keep them together, and just enough conflict to make their road to happily ever after a little thorny.
In the end, I much prefer this version of STARLIGHT than the original incarnation. And it meant watching North and South a few more times became…research. Yeah, we’ll call it that!
What’s next for me:
After RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick STARLIGHT hits the shelves, I'll be looking forward to the release of HIS VERY OWN GIRL, a historical romance set in World War II. It's not women's fiction. It's not literary fiction. It's a genuine romance, complete with sexy times and a happy ending. Look for it September 4th as a Pocket Star digital original novel. I cannot wait to see how readers respond!
I'll also be launching a new co-written pseudonym, Katie Porter, with my long-time friend and critique partner, Lorelie Brown. Our "Vegas Top Guns" series of contemporary erotic romances will launch from Samhain on July 31 with the release of DOUBLE DOWN, which is also a RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick. Two more from the series, INSIDE BET and HOLD 'EM, will follow in August and September. You can learn more about these and future books at our website.
Where to find me:
I'd like to give away a copy of STARLIGHT, and I'll ship anywhere. Just answer the question: What historical romance movie/miniseries adaptation is your favorite, and why? That’s a totally random drawing, no matter your answer.
As for those of you who also love North and South, give me your favorite line. I’ll be back at the close of the drawing to one choose one, also at random. That person will win a copy of MIDNIGHT, the second of my EllenConnor “Dark Age Dawning” series, the first of which, NIGHTFALL, has been nominated for a RITA™.
Thanks again to The Romance Dish for having me!