Good morning, Hazel - so lovely to be able to welcome a fellow UK romance writer to my blog. I write for the US market and have many US writers so it's nice to promote another author in the same circumstances! I noticed from your interview that you also have a beloved Lab, me too :)
Okay, on with the questions!
Did you set any goals for 2012?
Unfortunately, I was very ill at the beginning of the year and couldn’t see my way forward. Nonetheless, now my health has improved somewhat, my enthusiasm for my writing career has returned and I am extremely lucky in the fact that so much has happened with my work in the past two months.
What is the best part of the writing process for you?
Listening to my characters as their story unfolds. I love it when the hero strides onto the scene and just takes over. This has happened on several occasions and makes the writing process so much easier.
The worst part?
I am my own worst critic so I think it must be the uncertainty when you send your work out for the first time. I’m never sure of my story’s worth until it has been read by someone else. I don’t have a critique partner so the first time the manuscript is read by another is when it’s sent out to a publisher and then it’s the agony of waiting for their opinion.
What is the book you wish you’d written?
Jane Eyre! To be an author who can craft a novel that, after more than 150 years, endures and still appeals to readers all over the world, is just pure genius. Edward Fairfax Rochester still tops the list of millions of readers’ favourite heroes, including mine.
Favourite author/s & book/s?
Well, I suppose you can guess from my previous comment which book and author stands at the pinnacle of my list but can I also add Georgette Heyer’s books, especially These Old Shades , Laura Kinsale’s Flowers From The Storm and several of Ann Gracie’s books. There are many authors I admire but they are too numerous to list.
Tell us about your latest release?
For Love of Sarah is my latest release from Montlake Romance. It was originally contracted by Avalon but they were bought out by Amazon’s Montlake in June of this year. It is a Regency Romance with a deal of mystery and is different from anything I’ve written before.
What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine?
Despite their years apart, the constant denial and the emotional trauma they endure, their love for each other remains unshaken.
Two days after the release of For love of Sarah, Montlake are re-releasing my former Avalon book The Portrait as e-book and paperback. My current work in progress is tentatively titled The Honourable Heart but, for the moment, is nowhere near completion.
Tell me where you write?
Unfortunately, I don’t have an office so have to content myself with sitting in an easy chair in the lounge. I would love somewhere where I could lock myself away and concentrate on my writing as I can only write when everywhere is quiet, but it’s not to be. Now that he’s retired, my husband only works two days a week and I take full advantage of those two days to devote my time to writing.
Where would you like your career to be in 5 years?
I would like to think that readers are still enjoying my work and that historical romance is still as popular as it is today.
Where can we find you?
You can view details and read excerpts of all my books plus find my contact details on my website www.hazel-statham.co.uk
I love to hear from my readers and promise to answer all mail.
For Love of Sarah
by Hazel Statham
How many times can a heart be broken? How many times can love be denied? Sarah and Alexander were destined for each other but after just four short weeks of marriage, their lives were torn asunder.
Alexander, Earl of Thorne thought he had found his ideal mate but, when Sarah absconded shortly after their marriage, his world came crashing down. Now, five years later, he discovers her in a remote Yorkshire village.
Sarah had thought she was safe, but when, severely injured in a freak accident, her husband is thrust once more into her life, she fears her dark secrets and the fact she has a son, will become known.
Despite her own desperate longings, she continually repudiates Alexander’s efforts of reconciliation. However, fate conspires against her, and when her home is made uninhabitable by floods, she and her young son are forced to accept his aid and return to her former home.
Discovery threatens and, despite her breaking heart, she plans to leave Alexander’s life. What is this secret that makes it so imperative that she should abscond from him yet again? Can two broken hearts cleave and emerge victorious or will life's cruel forces tear them apart forever?
His body felt numb as consciousness slowly returned. He could hear the rumble of the cart wheels and was aware that they moved, but he felt no sensation in his body. His eyes opened and she was there. For a brief moment, his senses refused to comprehend the fact and confusion reigned.
Sarah’s breathing caught as she felt the shock of his eyes upon her. She knew not what to say or how to respond.
“Why?” was all he said, his voice, full of confusion, scarcely above a whisper.
She understood his question but had no words of explanation to offer. Now was not the time for the confrontation that must surely come. Instead, she deflected his question and concentrated on the immediate situation. Leaning close to him she asked, “Do you have pain?”
He moved his head from side to side in silent negation. “I feel nothing.”
“I’m taking you to my home, and the doctor has been called,” she said.
He drifted into unconsciousness once more and she wondered what damage had been wreaked on his frame by the heavy cask.
The cart halted before a riverside cottage with thatched roof, situated on the northbound road. A well-tended garden with a low stone wall separated it from the roadway, but the gate remained open. Hastily dismounting from the cart, she hurried to her front door.
“Rose! Rose!” Sarah called as she entered the small hallway. A round motherly figure instantly appeared from the parlor.
“It’s my husband and he’s injured,” Sarah offered in hasty explanation.
Rose’s eyes widened. “Your husband? Here? What shall we do?”
Sarah remained calm. “We shall tend to his injuries,” she said, holding the door.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A long time student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie.
Hazel loves to hear from her readers and promises to answer all mail.
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