Today, I’d like to welcome my good friend, and Inspirational Regency author, Amy De Trempe!
Jerrica: Hi Amy! Thanks so much for joining me today. I’m excited to talk to you about your books because I think you have quite a unique blend of Regency historical and Inspirational to your stories. I haven’t read a ton of Inspirationals, but what I appreciate is that the “faith” aspect is there, but not shoved down the reader’s throat. Did you plan your books this way? Is this the trend in the genre? Or do you see it as an extension of your own life, in a way? The kind of “lead by example” thing?
Amy: I am happy to be here, Jerrica. Thanks for having me. I didn’t necessarily plan how my books would turn out. I knew I wanted them to be Inspirational because faith is very important to me. And I wanted to write a historical that I would want to read. By the way, I’ve been reading secular regencys and other historicals for more years than I will admit. So, I decided to write the regency I always wanted to write and and made at least one of my characters a strong Christian so I could write the type of inspirational I’ve been looking for but have found few of. Are my Christian charactes perfect? Far from it.
I do think there is a trend of Christian romances being less preachy and more edgy. In fact, there is a group who write what they call Edgy Christian Fiction. I haven’t read any of their books yet, but from what I understand, they break the rules and so do I. I am not sure what all of the rules are anymore, but when I began writing my inspirational the Christian character could not drink, dance, be in the bedroom with the hero/heroine, and a few others I can’t think of right now. I broke all of those listed. My story called for it. So, is it a true Inspirational? I don’t know. Is it a Regency or a Georgian Romance? Yep.
Jerrica: Well, I personally love a rule-breaker, so maybe that’s why I liked your books so much. What’s a rule your hero or heroine broke that might be controversial in the industry, and what would the book be like without it?
Amy: Well, Loving Lydia opens with the hero, Lord Alexander Wake, in the middle of a physical fight with a few gentlemen because he is trying to take a scantily clad woman from a brothel. This isn’t the last time you will find Lord Alex in a brothel. He vists them a few more times, even after he is married. But, don’t be too quick to judge him ;). As for Lady Lydia, she decides to kiss a number of gentlemen in society, though none of them are Lord Alex. I did touch on one taboo subject, but it happens at the end of the book so I can’t give that away.
In The Healing Tree, my heroine, Lady Lilain Bliant, knows nothing about God, faith or the Bible, so she was able to get away with a number of things early on, including the threat of castration, and more than one lie. My hero, Lord Maxwell Warrick has always been very clear and strong in his faith. But, that doesn’t keep him from getting drunk one night, and like a number of people, regretting it in the morning.
And in my novel, soon to be released, Pure is the Heart, my heroine, Elise LeNoir, has intentionally sinned and fears this will keep her from God, but I can’t let you know what that is either without giving the book away. As for our hero, also strong in faith, he is betrothed to one woman and in love with another. He does everything in his power to break the engagement, and some of his attempts are not so Christian-like. He also visits our heroine in her bedchamber and kisses her, while still engaged to the other woman.
These are just a few examples but to tell you more would be to give away the stories.
Jerrica: You’ve really done a great job of making your characters sound human. Nobody’s perfect and to portray them as such just wouldn’t be realistic. So, brava! 🙂
Okay, now, a la James Lipton of Inside the Actor’s studio, I will have you answer the famous 10 Questions that he makes all his guests answer…
1. What is your favorite word? Scrumptious
2. What is your least favorite word? Disappointed
3. What turns you on? Thoughtfulness
4. What turns you off? dirty odors
5. What sound do you love? A baby’s laugh
6. What sound do you hate? Dentist drill
7. What is your favorite curse word? Bullocks (I tend to get stuck in the Regency and Georgian Period at times)
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? History Teacher
9. What profession would you not like to do? Coronor
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Welcome home.
Thanks for joining me today, Amy! And best of luck with your fabulous novels!
Amy is giving away digital copies of The Healing Tree to 3 lucky commenters today. [They will be in Kindle format, but Kindle is available free for almost everything: iPhone/Touch, iPad, PC, Mac, Android or Blackberry.] Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the drawing!