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I realize I have been remiss in listing all of the books in the first round of this series. There are ten of us writing in the series. Mine, A Bride for Carter, was book six. There are four more to follow and we’re planning for at least one more round. Check out these great reads )
A Bride for Jeremiah by Christine Sterling
A Bride for Clay by Marianne Spitzer
A Bride for Nathan by Barbara Goss
A Bride for Abel by Cyndi Raye
A Bride for Finn by Linda Ellen
A Bride for Carter by Wendy May Andrews [mine 😉 ]
A Bride for Charles by H. L. Roberts
A Bride for Sterling by Parker J. Cole – coming soon
A Bride for Henry by P. Creeden – coming soon
A Bride for Braylon by George McVey – coming soon
According to Merriam-Webster:
1: the agency, function, or office of a deputy who acts as a substitute for another
2a: authority or power to act for another
b: a document giving such authority
And according to Wikipedia:
Beginning in the Middle Ages, European monarchs and nobility sometimes married by proxy. Examples include the marriage of Mary, Queen of Hungary to Louis I, Duke of Orléans in 1385, the wedding at Eltham on 3 April, 1402 between Henry IV and Joan, the daughter of Charles II, King of Navarre, that of Catherine of Aragon to Prince Arthur in 1499, while a famous 17th-century painting by Peter Paul Rubens depicts the proxy marriage of Marie de’ Medici in 1600. Charles I of England married Henrietta Maria of France by proxy on 1 May 1625, and a well-known example more recently involved the marriage of Napoleon I of France and the Austrian Archduchess Marie Louisein 1810. By the end of the 19th century the practice had largely died out.
As of 2015, various Internet sites offer to arrange proxy and double-proxy marriages for a fee, although the service can generally be set up by any lawyer in a jurisdiction that offers proxy marriage. Video conferencing allows couples to experience the ceremony together. A unique “space wedding” took place on August 10, 2003 when Ekaterina Dmitriev married Yuri Malenchenko, a cosmonaut orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station, by proxy in Texas, US.
So that’s the history 🙂 Now on to what it has to do with me:
I was invited to join a multi-author project several months ago. We’re ten authors all writing in the same series. The premise is everyone is writing about a couple who, for various reasons, need to marry by proxy. It’s like mail-order brides but taken to a bit of an extreme – they haven’t even written to each other for the most part. Someone else stands in as the groom for the legalities. I’m fascinated by the different stories the other authors have come up with.
The books are releasing every two weeks. My first one comes out this Thursday!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. And tell me, can you even imagine marrying someone like this?
This weekend will be the official launch party for a multi-author project I’m involved in. I’m really excited about the opportunity. Along with nine other authors, I’ll be writing a stand alone book in a related series. They will all be Sweet Western Historical Romances. If you’re interested, here’s a link to a little preview video:
And if you’d like to come to the FaceBook launch party, please visit our reader group and find the link in Events. There will be some great prizes!
My first book in this series launches at the end of November but book 1 is releasing next week!! There will be a new book every two weeks.
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these books. And I’d love to visit with you at the FB party 🙂
Recently I have done two interviews, they haven’t yet been posted so I can’t link to them. But it made me think about previous interviews I’ve done. I thought it would be interesting to look back over different ones I’ve done in the past couple of years. Here’s one of the first one’s I ever did (by fellow author Rachel Jones), just before my fourth book released. It’s interesting to see how things change and how others stay the same. Check it out:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I loved to write when I was in school but I never actually thought I could be a “real” writer. When I was a teenager, a favorite aunt used to predict that I would be a writer since I loved books so much, but it wasn’t until my husband challenged me to give it a try when he got a little frustrated with how much time I spent reading. He thought it would be a more productive use of my time 😉 That was close to ten years ago now. Wow! The time has flown!
What genre(s) do you write?
So far, everything I have written has been Sweet Regency era Romance.
How many books have you written and how many of those have been published?
I have completed eight manuscripts. Three are published, one is in production (releasing May 5th) and a fifth is in final draft stage, about to be sent off to our publisher.
How many hours a day do you devote to writing?
Unfortunately, I tend to be very sporadic – for spurts of days/weeks I will write feverishly, then I will go weeks without writing. But the “business” of writing, now that I’m published, requires attention more regularly so I would say I average a few hours/week devoted to promotional activities and social media as Wendy May Andrews.
What’s more important: character or plot?
To me they are equally important although romance books are more character driven than plot driven. The majority of my books tend to have a mystery woven through them that requires the characters to interact and grow.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Promoting it 🙂 I would be as happy as a lark if I could just write and forget about trying to sell the books. The good news is, everyone says that the best promotional tool is the next great book.
What does your family think of your writing?
My parents are my biggest fans and have read every word I’ve written with enthusiasm, including multiple drafts of the same book. My husband is very supportive of the idea of my writing but has only read one of my books (he’s not a prolific fiction reader). But he’s very proud of me and is willing to order pizza when I’m deeply embedded in my writing cave. All three are very vocal in telling everyone they meet that their wife/daughter is a writer. That means the world to me.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Like all writers, I am an avid reader. I also like to be active, taking long walks around my city or in conservation areas in the outskirts of town. I also do a lot of volunteer work. And my husband and I love to travel. I think exposing myself to other environments and observing people makes me a better writer.
What authors do you like to read?
My favorite Regency writer is Georgette Heyer. I also love Julia Quinn and Susan Elizabeth Philips. I’ve also recently discovered a new favorite – fellow Clean Reads writer, Rachel Jones 🙂
Do you have future projects in mind?
I am working on a final draft of a sequel to my first Clean Reads release, The Duke Conspiracy. I also have a few other completed manuscripts that need sprucing up before submitting them to our publisher. And I have a fabulous idea for a Western Historical trilogy that has been scratching at the door of my muse so I’m hoping to get to work on that shortly.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Sweet romance of any type – contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, etc – I have yet to meet one I didn’t like. But I will read just about anything. I love cozy mysteries as well as thrillers and women’s fiction. I also like to read the news and advice columns.
Do you write every day?
I should, but I don’t. What tends to work best for me is if I block off a couple weeks or a month in which I plan to write a book. I prepare for it by freezing meals and scrubbing my house, then I clear my schedule and set my word count goals (5000-7000/day). Then I will write for 5 or 6 hours to accomplish the daily goal. This works for me because I am immersed in the book and keep track of the characters and story threads. It is not at all a balanced way of doing it but it has worked for me for my most recent few manuscripts. I love NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – which is every November.
How did your writing journey begin?
With a dare from my husband 🙂
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Luckily, I haven’t yet been struck with true writer’s block, but if I ever have trouble with a plot point, I have a circle of writer friends that I can turn to. And my critique partner is very helpful. We get together periodically and discuss our plots and any challenges we might be facing.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Keeping myself entertained 🙂
What motivates you to write?
I find it remarkably satisfying. This kind of ties in with the previous question. I find these two questions difficult to articulate. It just makes me happy.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep at it. Learn more about the craft of writing, no matter where you are in your career. We can all learn to be better writers and grow.