Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Interview with Frances Fowlkes, author of The Duke's Obsession


Title: The Duke's Obsession
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Frances Fowlkes
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Language: English
Pages: 185
Format: Ebook

London 1818

An American Heiress Who Must Swallow Her Pride

Miss Daphne Farrington despises three things: England’s dreary weather, the grimy streets of London, and most especially the English aristocracy. Despite her misgivings, she must persuade the very English Duke of Waverly to save her family shipping business. If only she could ignore the way he makes her pulse race whenever she’s near him.

A Duke Who Must Overcome Her Prejudice

 Edward Lacey, the Duke of Waverly, is convinced that the lovely Miss Farrington, with her penchant for numbers, is the woman he’d like to make his Duchess. But unless he can convince her that not all English lords are callous, calculating rakes, a dark secret will ruin his chance at happiness.



What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Everything. Sixteen years of marriage and three kids has taught me how much I have to be thankful for. I’m proud of it all.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
My mom is a huge romance reader and her love of that genre, coupled with her leaving those same stories around the house for an impressionable young teenager to pick up, steered me toward writing love stories.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing with the intent of getting published around five years ago. I always wanted to write my own “Great American Novel”, so I set out to see if I could.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I realized it could get me a date. Yep. Back before text messages, there was this thing called ‘note passing’. And if you wrote your phone number on a piece of paper, you could get a movie and a meal with a cute boy. SCORE.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
When I started writing a personal blog recapping my life as a young harried mother. My relatives were the only people reading it, but they all encouraged me by telling me how much they enjoyed my writing—and I thought, hey, I might be able to do this whole writing thing!
What inspires you to write and why?
Love. It’s a dang powerful emotion and I enjoy writing about the crazy ways it affects us.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Historical romance. Ballrooms, elaborate gowns, and archaic manners—what isn’t to love?
What inspired you to write your first book?
A really bad book. After throwing it against the wall, I challenged myself to write a better one.  And I think I did.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
Stephanie Meyers. Yep, the vampire lady. When I first started writing, “Twilight” was all the rage. I thought if she could be a mom to her three sons and write, what was stopping me?
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Writing itself. Sitting my butt in a chair and forcing myself to focus on a blinking cursor and a blank screen is tough.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
Yes—that dreams can become a reality. If I set my mind to do something, lo and behold, it really can come true.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
I do. I have a second book in the words right now with a third simmering on the back burner. You haven’t seen the last of me, yet!
Have you developed a specific writing style?
Not yet. I do whatever it takes to get words on a page. If that’s through plotting, pantsing, or a combination of the two, so be it.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
Dialogue. I’ve been told it sounds historically plausible so I’ll go with that.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
My impulsiveness. My spur of the moment vacations have often been our most memorable.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
Um, my impulsiveness. Sure, it brings excitement and adventure, but it also gets me in trouble. Sometimes I wish I could just stop and think things over first.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
Geez that’s hard! There are so many good ones out there, but there is one that makes me smile every time I see it: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” –Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Thanks for having me! It’s been a blast!


 Frances Fowlkes lives in South Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three red-headed sons, and a spoiled standard poodle. When not writing about ardent heroes or strong-willed heroines, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with makeup, and planning her next vacation.



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