I have the very, great pleasure to welcome Historical Romance author; Eve Pendle to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals for an exclusive chat.
Eve writes snarky, angsty and passionate historical romance. She loves dresses, chocolate,
equality, liberty, her husband, her dog and her cat (not necessarily in that order). Living in South-West England, she gets inspiration from the beautiful old houses and countryside around her.
You can chat with Eve on twitter about what she’s writing and reading at the moment, and get a
free sexy story from her website
Frankie Hi Eve, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Eve Nice place! Thanks for inviting me. <Sips tea, takes a bite of biscuit.>
Frankie It’s a pleasure! Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Eve Snarky. Tenacious. Curious. Caring. Liberal.
Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Eve For a pure holiday, where I can’t go and try to do any good or change anything, I’d probably go to Victorian London to see the Great Exhibition in 1851 at the crystal palace. I’d wear a crinoline and corset, buy lots of souvenirs, people watch, and look at all the amazing Victorian innovations. Young, old, rich, poor – everyone went to the Great Exhibition to see the technical wonders of the age. The massive glasshouse that housed the exhibition burned down some years later, so all we have is the place name in London left to remember it. So that period is unique. We don’t have anything left of what the exhibition was like, which is unusual for the UK.
(View from the Knightsbridge Road of The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park for Grand International Exhibition of 1851. Dedicated to the Royal Commissioners., London: Read & Co. Engravers & Printers, 1851. Courtesy of Wikipedia. )
Eve Six Weeks with a Lord is what happens when an author who loves marriage of convenience reads Cecelia by Frances Burney and hears about rinderpest. Cecelia was written in 1780 and the eponymous heroine has to marry a man who will take her surname or she won’t inherit. Rinderpest is a cattle disease that devastated the English countryside in the mid 1860s. These make up the central conflicts for Grace and Everett respectively.
It also explores the fall-out of an aristocrat taking what he wants without any regard for anyone else. i.e. acted as most powerful men do, then and now. The repercussions of that selfishness, and the naïve arrogance of Grace’s father, flow through the book.
All that makes it sound very serious, and it’s not a frivolous book by any stretch, but it has moments of levity. Not sure whether it’s for you? I made a quiz to help you figure out if you like it…..HERE 😉
Frankie I love it, I’m reading it as we speak and loving it! 😊 That quiz is so good, Thanks! Who was your childhood hero?
Eve I wasn’t much for heroes when I was a kid. But I suppose I thought my Aunt and Grandmother were pretty amazing. They bought the best presents and they always looked so beautiful and poised. They were both funny, too. My aunt had a cat, and I loved that. My grandmother was so cool, she would talk to me about boys and sex and tell me what to wear. So yeah, my Aunt and my Grandmother were my heroines when I was a kid.
Frankie That is perfect, and something I totally agree with. 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?
Eve I’d love to see A Pineapple in a Pine Tree as a Hallmark movie or a BBC drama. It’s my novella coming out in charity Christmas anthology (in aid of Planned Parenthood) and I can imagine the Regency costumes, the snow, and the setting like Downton Abbey. It would be visually stunning. Amelia, the heroine loves embroidery and has a clandestine business making embroidery for women who want the appearance of accomplishment without the hassle of actually sewing. Sarah Jessica Parker would be perfect as Amelia. The hero is Robert, a quiet botanist widower who loves his daughter. Colin O’Donoghue has his vibe of tortured but kind.
Frankie Oooh!! Sounds good, Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Eve She’s not published yet, but I have a short story featuring Lady Charlbury. She sponsors science and engineering innovations – i.e she’s a patron of the sciences. She’s also not averse to a bit of pain and pleasure in with her business, especially when she’s in control. She’s a widow, damaged in some ways, incredibly strong, and utterly no nonsense. Unlike most of my other characters, she doesn’t suffer from crippling self-doubt (author self-own there?). I’d like to write a full novella or novel for her, maybe just to spend some time with someone who doesn’t second guess herself.
Lady Charlbury is in The Price of Patronage and it’ll be in the next Erotic Teasers anthology published by Cleis Press. I’ll probably give it away as a freebie to my new releases email list subscribers. Hint-hint. 😉
Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?
Eve I don’t know, sorry. It just turns up. And the harder I work, the more turns up. Inspiration is easy. Finding time to get ideas down coherently is more of a problem.
Frankie What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Eve Don’t do it. Just really, don’t. Honestly.
Ah. Sorry. I guess you probably want something more nuanced than that.
- Don’t do it for the money, there is none. Do it for the love, because there is lots of that.
- Bring people up. Bring them with you as crit. partners, big-up your favourite authors, appreciate the beauty in what someone writes even if it’s not your thing, and celebrate the lovely things you write sometimes.
- Enjoy the journey, try not to stress about the destination. You might never be a famous best-selling author, but you can make something you’re proud of. You can bring people joy and be joyful whilst doing it.
Frankie That’s brilliant. Thank you! If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Eve Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled solo and brought peace and tolerance to a divided Britain. Lady Ada Lovelace, who came up with the concept of programming a computer. Emily Wilding Davidson, who was a key leader of the suffragette movement for women’s suffrage. I’d like to tell them about the progress we’ve made, and hear what they think we should do to take things further.
Frankie Brilliant, just brilliant! Now, that is a dinner party I would love to attend. Thank you, Eve 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?
Eve Bendicks bitter mints are the best. They’re like really classy Junior Mints. They’re practically orgasmic.
Thanks so much for having me. It’s been fun! If you’d like to chat to me about mints, Victoriana, romance or British wildflowers, you can find me on twitter as @evependle. 😉
Thank you, Eve, it has been a pleasure!
About the Book
Grace Alnott is out of time. To save her younger brother from an abusive guardian, her merchant father’s will demands she must marry a peer. Handsome but destitute Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury agrees to her offer of a marriage of convenience but stipulates she must live with him for six weeks. No matter how honorable he seems she can’t allow him to get too close, because the aristocracy cannot be trusted.
Six weeks. Major Everett Hetherington, new Earl of Westbury, has exactly six weeks to convince the very independent Grace Alnott to spend the rest of her life with him. Despite her belief she doesn’t belong in his world, he must tempt the alluring Grace into staying, because he has fallen for her. Hard. He just has to ensure she never discovers his secret.
Six Weeks With A Lord is to be released on 25th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.