From the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania...
Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
My name is Caroline Warfield. I live in a suburb bordering Philadelphia and I write historical romance set from the Regency through the early Victorian period.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I was raised by two storytellers, and I’ve always been a storyteller. I wrote fan fiction by age ten. As an adult I froze and it took quite a while to get the first novel done. That one was promptly filed away and only later reemerged as a novella, but I was on my way.
What are you working on now?
I am plunging into the new year by starting a new series—not yet named—set around a coaching inn in a village in the midlands in the Regency era, The series will involve returning soldier— the bastard—an earl, their widowed sister, and an entire village of complicated characters. At the same time, I am continuing my Children of Empire series, which arose from my Regency characters, and which brings their sons and daughters into the early Victorian. The new set will be called The Seekers. The first book in that set, which takes place in Egypt, is on my laptop in rough draft. The second, already underway, will take me to Scotland and New Zealand. In the meantime my lovely story, “Lord Ethan’s Honor” will be included in Fire & Frost from the Bluestocking Belles when it is released February 4. It is about a wounded warrior, scarred body and soul, and a woman working with returning soldiers.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
For me it is plot. I’m all about the characters. I have to know them through and through. I always know their scars and challenges, details of their setting, and where they’re going, but the rest of the journey, especially the external conflict, comes more slowly.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
It depends on the book, but I do a lot—internet, books, travel, you name it. I particularly like Google Books and other sources of contemporary documents. I’m reading The Staffordshire General and Commercial Directory for 1818 as part of my research for the coaching inn stories at the moment.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
The best advice I ever got was “if you want to be a writer you have to write.” Just sit down and do it. Keep doing it. Write every day.
What do you love the most about the month of January?
January’s greatest virtue is also its dark side: it is dreary, quiet and boring on the outside, a perfect time for sitting quietly to allow the girls in the basement to give me stories and ideas. It can be an extremely productive month. I hope to finish a first draft by mid-February.
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
Bring it on. I’m ready.
City, suburb, or small-town?
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate?
Alpha, beta, or both?
Both. I have a weakness for nice guys, but they have to be tough.
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel?
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Wine: Full bodied red most evenings
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other?
Thanksgiving—all the family but less work and angst than Christmas
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Boxer briefs. Seriously. Preferably black.
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Walking shoes. Comfortable ones.
Leather, lace, or silk?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Biceps, abs, or buns?
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Exotics, especially birds or turtles
Fire & Frost
Join the The Ladies’ Society For The Care of the Widows and Orphans of Fallen Heroes and the Children of Wounded Veterans in their pursuit of justice, charity, and soul searing romance.
The Napoleonic Wars have left England with wounded warriors, fatherless children, unemployed veterans, and hungry families. The ladies of London, led by the indomitable Duchess of Haverford plot a campaign to feed the hungry, care for the fallen—and bring the neglectful Parliament to heel. They will use any means at their disposal to convince the gentlemen of their choice to assist.
Their campaign involves strategy, persuasion, and a wee bit of fun. Pamphlets are all well and good, but auctioning a lady’s company along with her basket of delicious treats is bound to get more attention. Their efforts fall amid weeks of fog and weather so cold the Thames freezes over and a festive Frost Fair breaks out right on the river. The ladies take to the ice. What could be better for their purposes than a little Fire and Frost?
More About Caroline
Award winning author Caroline Warfield has been many things: traveler, librarian, poet, raiser of children, bird watcher, Internet and Web services manager, conference speaker, indexer, tech writer, genealogist—even a nun. She reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in an office surrounded by windows where she lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far-flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.
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