USA TODAY Bestselling author CHRISTI CALDWELL blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love!” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well deserved happily ever after!
Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training.
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Website: links www.christicaldwellauthor.com
ER: Welcome to Embracing Romance, Christi. What is the first thing you would like us to know about you?
My family is the most important thing in my life. My son who was born with Down syndrome shaped who I evolved into as an author. I’d tired of seeing perfect hero and heroine after perfect heroine and with my family’s struggles and my own son’s struggles, dreamed of happily ever after’s with characters who were real and broken and imperfect…and whose triumph to a happily ever after is all the sweeter!
ER:. Do you have to have silence when you write, or do you write to music, or the background noise of TV?
I cannot write with the tv on. Sometimes I write to music, sometimes I require silence. It’s all what the muse demands.
ER: Do you have any unique writing habits?
I have to sit on the same sofa when I write, lying down, in the same direction every time I write a book. I can write in other places…but when I need to just lost myself for 6 or more hours, it has to be in the same seated position in the same location in my basement. : )
ER:. What is your favorite part of writing?
For me, writing is an escape. I write often and quickly. Many readers or authors call me prolific and some will ask how I’m able to write a book at the pace I do. In actuality, writing for me is therapeutic and is a stress reliever that comes from being a parent…stresses made sometimes greater by being the mother to a child with special needs.
ER: Was your road to publication long and winding, or a walk in the park? Can you tell us a little about it?
Oh, my road was reeeeally long. I wrote for about 10 years but of those years, five of them seriously where I was querying. I received so many rejections I stopped counting. It was well over 100. In a number of those rejections or pitch sessions at conferences, some editors and agents told me readers don’t like imperfect heroes and heroines and passed for that reason.
I came to indie publish quite serendipitously. When I was pregnant with my twins (two girls who are now 1), I spent about 20 weeks in total on bedrest. Yes, 20 weeks. In that time, I wrote and was so, so bored, I thought I’d put out a couple of my stories.
Both of those books; “A Season of Hope” which was a novella and “Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride” hit Amazon’s top 10 Bestselling Historical Romance list…and I never looked back on indie publishing!
ER:. What’s next for you, and would you be willing to share a little about works-in-progress, or an upcoming book?
I introduced a second series this past October; The Heart of a Duke series. I have a short novel, book 3 in the series, “The Love of a Rogue” coming March 29th. I also have two more full-length books planned for the series. Then, in the fall, I’ll launch a new series titled “The Lords of Honor” series, which features some characters who appeared in my Scandalous Seasons series.
Without thinking, Christi, answer the following:
- Favorite color? Blue
- Favorite animal? Dog.
- Favorite vacation spot? Bald Head Island, North Carolina.
- Favorite food? Pork Fried Dumplings.
- Least favorite food? Seafood. Ick.
- Favorite drink? Diet Lemon Snapple
- Favorite holiday? Christmas
- Favorite sport? Baseball
- Favorite movie? Love Actually
- Favorite time of day? 9 pm
Blurb – Once a Wallflower, At Last His Love
Responsible, practical Miss Hermione Rogers, has been crafting stories as the notorious Mr. Michael Michaelmas and selling them for a meager wage to support her siblings. The only real way to ensure her family’s ruinous debts are paid, however, is to marry. Tall, thin, and plain, she has no expectation of success. In London for her first Season she seizes the chance to write the tale of a brooding duke. In her research, she finds Sebastian Fitzhugh, the 5th Duke of Mallen, who unfortunately is perfectly affable, charming, and so nicely… configured… he takes her breath away. He lacks all the character traits she needs for her story, but alas, any duke will have to do.
Sebastian Fitzhugh, the 5th Duke of Mallen has been deceived so many times during the high-stakes game of courtship, he’s lost faith in society women. Yet, after a chance encounter with Hermione, he finds himself intrigued. Not a woman he’d normally consider beautiful, the young lady’s practical bent, her forthright nature and her tendency to turn up in the oddest places has his interests… roused. He’d like to trust her, he’d like to do a whole lot more with her too, but should he?
I’ve always been a lover of romance novels, and have so many favorite tropes! I love to hear from readers about their favorites! So tell me; what do you prefer; a marriage of convenience? Woman falls in love with her best friend’s brother? Enemies to lovers? Or what?