I have the very great pleasure to be chatting with historical romance author, Denise Lynn on Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. So take a seat and lets get to know a little about Denise…
Denise Lynn lives in NW Ohio with her husband, son and slew of 4-legged “kids”. She has been an avid reader of romance novels for many years, travelling to lands and times filled with brave knights, courageous ladies and never-ending love between the pages of those wonderful books.
She writes medieval romances set in England, Ireland, Normandy, France and a few fictitious islands in the waters surrounding Great Britain. When not writing historical romances, she’s likely working on paranormal romances with dragons, wizards and other assorted praeternatural beings – some set on the same fictitious islands created for her medieval.
When Denise isn’t writing, she can be found hiking, baking, sitting in front of a sewing machine, or snipping herbs for various edible and not-so-edible recipes.
Frankie Hi Denise, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Denice Thank you for “having” me, I appreciate it greatly!
Frankie Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Denise Introverted. Determined. Sarcastic…flippant. Trusting. Loyal.
Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Denise 12th century Scarborough. While I’m sure it would be more dangerous than I can begin to imagine, I’ve always been fascinated by William of Albemarle – William le Gros, aka Count of Aumale, Earl of Albemarle, Earl of York and Lord of Holderness. From what I’ve been able to discover – and some of it was by sitting at the local library translating from a French Bibliography word, by word with a half-useful French to English translation book – during the war between Stephen and Matilda he basically acted like he was the King of Yorkshire. I’d like to see the construction of Scarborough Castle, I’d love to see his interaction with his wife Cicely. Per the Gesta Stephani, William took his wife back after she’d lived with another man for a year. Their daughter was conceived after their reconciliation. I find that absolutely fascinating, since he seems to have been such a badass and my nosey writer’s mind can’t let it go. (nonfiction inspiration at work)
Frankie Oooh, I like that, so original. Can you tell us a little about latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and coming release.
Denise In non-fiction, you read about younger women being married off to much older men and I’ve often thought that I’d just runaway, you know – forget that crap, I’m outa here. That’s what the heroine in The Warrior’s Runaway Bride does – her grandfather betroths her to one of his ancient warlords (who has already buried two wives) and when she gets a glimpse of him, she’s gone. When her father discovers her missing, he goes to King David I of Scotland for help, hoping to somehow find the girl before his own father discovers what’s happened.
King David sends one of his “wolves” to find the girl…but has no plans to hand her over to her father—he has another idea in mind. Elrik of Roul’s greatest talent was finding lost things, or people, and he tracks Avelyn down, returns her to David’s court where they both learn of the King’s plans – seems one of Elrik’s long lost relatives was the Lord of Roul in Normandy who died without an heir, leaving Elrik the oldest remaining Roul and now the new Lord of Roul….a Lord in need of a wife.
Lucky Avelyn finds herself in just that position – Elrik’s wife. (And yes that’s sarcasm, as she isn’t lucky in the least.) Due to circumstances in Normandy, Elrik knows he is likely going into battle for possession of his new property and has no intention of dragging a wife along—especially one who has no idea how to be a lady, how to run a keep, how to basically do anything he needs of a wife (Avelyn was a bastard child that her father didn’t know about until her mother died six years ago. She’d been raised in his village by her destitute mother who had been tossed out of the keep when the wife of Avelyn’s father discovered the woman was pregnant. While he took her in, he wanted nothing to do with her. She was housed, clothed and fed but was taught nothing of being a lady).
Since the King won’t wait to hold the wedding upon his return, he’s left with no choice but to wed Avelyn and send a missive to his younger brothers to come get her and take her to Roul Isle until his return. Unfortunately, he doesn’t realise that his new wife doesn’t take orders very well and too late he discovers that she’s stowed away on one of his ships sailing to Normandy.
#1: she isn’t about to be left behind to be handed off to complete strangers and #2 she’s sees her dastardly half-brother in the courtyard when Elrik leaves, and notices that the cur and his companions are hot on her husband’s trail – she HAS to warn Elrik. So, with the help of King David, she managed to board the last ship before it leaves the dock. Let the “fun” ensue…. Of course they argue, but Elrik learns that she’s a fast learner, his wife is no slouch and Avelyn learns that while her husband can be a tyrant at times, he will go to no ends to protect her. When his brothers show up at the new keep – because they were already under way to retrieve her when the second missive arrived telling them their services in the matter were no longer required – Avelyn knows they are there to take her away.
Without going to his husband to find out what is going on, she is certain she’s being cast aside, so she resorts back to her usual method of dealing with situations…she runs away. But Elrik is ready for her…he’s not letting the love of his life disappear quite that easily.
Frankie Oh, Wow!! That sounds absolutely incredible, and as I am reading it at the minute, I know it is just as good as it sounds. Thank you! Who was your childhood hero?
Denise We didn’t really watch a lot of television, so it depended on what book I was reading at the time….Jo in Little Women, Black Beauty…yes, I wanted to be the horse (???), or Riki Tiki (yeah, I’m such mongoose material), or Pony Boy. When I was maybe 13 or 14 my grandmother gave me my first “romance” novel – The Scarlett Domino by Sylvia Thorpe (I have a complete collection of her work that someone will have to pry out of my cold, stiff fingers someday, no actually it’s already been willed to the Popular Culture Library at BGSU) and then I wanted to be Antonia. From then on it was any heroine in any romance novel I was allowed to get my hands on…I mean, LOOK women were highway men….uh, highway women….or pirates or….you get the picture. Gosh, why, oh, why I wonder, do I write historicals????
Frankie Haha! So true, which is why I read historicals 😊 If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Denise My current WIP – no title yet, still calling it ‘Rory-book3’. The hero would be Jason Momoa: and the heroine would be Kiera Knightly (as Guinevere – While working on The Warrior’s Runaway Bride, I was looking up something on medieval kings of Scotland and ran across a tidbit about the Bruce’s parents that instantly sparked an entire story – seems the Countess of Carrick was so taken with the man who brought word of her husband’s death that she held him captive until he agreed to marry her. LOLOLOL. Apparently, the woman was no mild, meek, delicate flower. Seriously, gotta love a woman who goes after what she wants…even if she later realises she might have made a mistake…
Frankie That sounds brilliant, and it would be a film that I would love to see. Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Denise It’s a toss up between: Rhys – The Lord of Faucon in Falcon’s Desire, my first book with Harlequin Historical. He lived in my head for so long that I swear at times he was almost real. And Braeden from Dragon’s Lair – my first Nocturne release. Both of them could deal with their enemies without blinking an eye or suffering any pangs of guilt, but when it came to the heroine, they were both basically putty in her hands, even if they didn’t know it. I just really liked them a lot.
Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?
Denise Nonfiction. Researching has provided nuggets that miraculously turn into stories. It’s something I don’t question, or dissect, for fear the magic will disappear.
Frankie What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Denise Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t angst over every word. Let yourself feel your way to the end.
Frankie If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Denise Gosh, I really don’t know. Ah — One would be Murphy Brown. Yes, the Candace Bergen Murphy Brown – what a deliciously sarcastic wench. I loved her and always wished I could be that spot on sharp. To keep things interesting….King Stephen and the Empress Matilda. If nothing else it would likely provide much entertainment value.
Frankie Thank you Denise, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Denise I suppose it’s a huge cliché, but whipped cream….
Oooh, Nice! Thank you, Denise.
The notorious Lord of Roul…
…must take her as his bride!
Lady Avelyn flees an unwanted betrothal to an elderly warlord only to be hunted down and returned to King David’s court by fearsome Elrik, Lord of Roul, a legendary warrior with a heart of ice—and a kiss of fire. And now Avelyn is bound to Elrik—and his bed—when Elrik is commanded to wed her instead!
Denise’s up and coming book, the Warrior’s Runaway Bride is to be released on 28th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.