Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.Hi! I’m Maddison Michaels and I write sexy history with a dash of mystery! I’m from Sydney Australia and I love to write Victorian historical romantic suspense.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us
I’ve always known that I wanted to write stories ever since I was 11 years old and entered my first writing contest, which I came second in. Then when I read my first historical romances by Amanda Quick and Julie Garwood when I was 18, I know then that I wanted to write historical romances.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release
I’m working on book 1 in a new series about a group of women who start a gazette to publish all the secrets and dirt on the bachelors of the ton! Book 3 in my Saints and Scoundrels series releases this month on the 27th of January.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
For me, I love to combine an element of mystery and suspense to my romances, so the challenge is getting the balance right for both the romance side of the story and the mystery side.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I research the time period, the places they’ll visit and the fashions of the era.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
Just keep writing! And read lots – both fiction and non-fiction writing craft books. And don’t take NO for an answer, consider it a next and move on.
What do you love the most about the month of January?
My birthday is in January, so I always like to go on a holiday over the time – so I look forward to that every year!!
City, suburb, or small-town? Suburb, by the beach!
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate? Dark chocolate – rich and deliciously sinful…
Alpha, beta, or both? Alpha
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel? Demon – who can be redeemed
Wine, whiskey or punch? Punch – fun and sweet, and so very easy to drink, lol!
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other? Christmas for sure, it’s the most magical time of year – especially having an eight year old.
Boxers, briefs, or commando? Briefs… something so yummy about a guy in briefs – leaves much to the imagination!!
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Cowboy boots…
Leather, lace, or silk? Silk – so soft and luscious!
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Cake for sure
Top, bottom, or against the wall? All…
Biceps, abs, or buns? Biceps – I’m a sucker for a guy with delicious biceps
Cats, dogs, or exotics? All!! I love all animals (well except for snakes… I’m not a fan of them!)
The Sinful Scot
Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask...even from her childhood friend, Alec.
Dr. Alec McGuiness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would frame her for the duke's murder.
Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?
** Content & trigger warning: this novel features themes, imagery & content that my be triggering for some readers. Discussions of domestic violence, physical abuse, rape & death appear within. Scenes depicting anxiety, panic attacks & graphic violence/death also appear **
Where to Find Maddison
I was asked recently why I write about the Gilded Age of New York? Easy and short answer is because it interests me, and while time period similar to the Regency and Victorian eras of England, it’s also different and uniquely American. All of my Jules Vanderzeit novels are all set in the Gilded Age.
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of romance novels set in the Regency and Victorian periods of England. I’ve read several. But after a while, I wanted something different than an endless line of Dukes, Earls, Barons and other titles of the nobility. Then it occurred to me, why not America? The Gilded Age, the time period roughly from 1870s to early 1900s, is filled with stories of wealthy families living soap opera lives with scandalous escapades. Perfect fodder for romance novels.
It was the rise of the Robber Baron, Capitalist, and Industrialist. An enterprising young man could go from rags to riches within his lifetime, and pass his wealth on to his children, creating family dynasties. The Gilded Age gave us J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, the Astors, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and so many more.
Behind theses wealthy men, their wives and daughters were setting the stage for high-society with all their self-imposed rules of etiquette, and hierarchy. Caroline Astor, wife of William Backhouse Astor, Jr. proclaimed herself as the highest social arbiter of her time. She made it her priority to codify proper behavior, as well as determine who exactly was acceptable among New York’s elite, going so far as to list the 400 families who could be counted as members of Fashionable Society.
Much like the Regency and Victorian periods of England, the Gilded Age had its upstairs and downstairs, the in crowd and the outs (aka, all the others), new money vs old, or basically rich vs poor. It had fancy dresses, well dressed men and lots of money spent on balls, and parties and yachts and mansions. It was a time of amazing social change, as well as political and social-economic.
What’s not to love, and oh what fun to write about.
For further information on the gilded age, I highly recommend To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace. It has a ton of information that includes both New York society and the nobility of England. I’ve also read autobiographies by some of the women who lived through that time, such as Elizabeth Wharton Drexel, and Consuelo Vanderbilt.
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