Hello again, dear readers! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas weekend, and that even if it was difficult you were able to find joy in some moments.
My family and I have had a lovely Christmas – we’ll be wrapping it up tonight with “Christmas” dinner with family. We all greatly enjoyed giving and receiving gifts. 🙂 It was almost a white Christmas here, but more accurately it has been a very icy Christmas; literally everything is covered in ice.
Anyway, all that said, let’s get to the actual point of this post. I am so excited to share this interview with Roseanna M. White! As you all know, she is one of my favorite authors and having the opportunity to interview her via email was wonderful. Let’s get started!
*For info about To Treasure An Heiress, check out this post of mine.*
Before we jump into the interview, let me introduce you to Roseanna:
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
Why did you pick the Isles of Scilly as the setting for your current books?
“Well, I knew I wanted to write a series set on an island—I love how an island world is so completely contained. Rivalries and friendships are all lifelong, everyone knows everyone else (and their business), and there’s an unchanging something that permeates them because of their isolation. So I literally just down with Google and searched for “English islands” and then clicked into them all, LOL. Some had been done, some seemed too small…but when I came across the Isles of Scilly, I was in love! I called my husband out, we oohed and aahed at their beauty, and I set about learning all I could about them.”
After writing quite a few books centered around London, what inspired you to move outside of the city-setting?
“Honestly, London never would have been my choice of setting—it was just necessary for the stories I wanted to tell about Room 40. I’m not a city girl, and most of the lovely 10 days I spent in England 5 years ago were in the countryside. But I am a slave to my stories, LOL, so where they insist I go, I go.”
I loved the strong focus on the natural world – as well as the great deal of time simply spent enjoying it – in The Nature of a Lady, is there a similar focus in To Treasure an Heiress? Can we look forward to some exciting adventures running all over the Isles?
“Of course! There isn’t as much emphasis on learning about nature, since that was more Libby’s and Oliver’s thing than it is Beth’s, but both Beth and Sheridan love exploration and adventure, so they’re certainly off discovering all there is to discover in the islands in To Treasure an Heiress. And one thing I love about Beth is that every time she goes out to explore, she finds a memento for her grandmother—a shell or a feather or a piece of sea glass. I love that tradition that she’s carried through from her childhood.”
Do you share Beth and Sheridan’s wanderlust? Or do you prefer experiencing adventure through pages and words?
“Okay, this one made me laugh, because I am SUCH a homebody…but my husband has wanderlust big time. When he read my first draft of To Treasure an Heiress, he came out and said, “Okay, answer me this. How can you write two characters with wanderlust so well, yet I can’t drag you anywhere?” LOL. I love the idea of being places…and even the being there. I’m not so fond of the time and jetlag and exhaustion of traveling.”
Which of the characters in To Treasure an Heiress do you most relate to?
“Oh, that is such a good question. I don’t honestly know. I have a bit of Sheridan’s sense of humor, a bit of Beth’s longing for living a good story…I think they all probably borrow bits and pieces of me, but none are ME.”
What was your favorite part of writing this story? The setting? Pirates? Treasure hunts?
“In this one, it was really the characters. I had so much fun with Sheridan’s sense of humor and his and Beth’s interplay. Every moment of writing them was a joy. Though I did have a pirate prince in there too—you can’t beat that! I fabricated a tragic love story for that actual historical figure, which was also tons of fun.”
I so enjoyed putting this interview together; thank you so much to Roseanna for taking the time to do it. 🙂
Who is your favorite author? Have you read any of Roseanna’s work? [Any Christmas highlights to share?]