In the wake of a duel, Marcel Blake, the Duke of Lear, an infamous rake and gamester, leaves London to visit his cousin in Paris. Here he meets and falls in love with Julie, the British ambassador’s daughter. Thinking she would be horrified if she learned of his reputation, Marcel fights the attraction; but when he is wounded while saving her from the unwanted advances of a less-than-desirable would-be suitor, Marcel finds that she returns his affections.
Ultimately, vengeance conspires against them; at their wedding reception, Julie is maliciously informed of Marcel’s previous life of misdeeds, and she’s led to believe that he only married her to please the king. With this insurmountable gulf suddenly between them, will Marcel prove his reformation, woo his wife, and find happiness with her, or is the sudden desolation in Julie’s heart impossible to overcome? Have Marcel’s games finally caught up to him for good.
Interview with Hazel Statham
Q: Do you work from an outline?
A very brief one, yes. I start with a general idea of where I want the story to go and then let my characters dictate their course. Quite often I hear words coming out of their mouths that take the story off into a different direction, but this only adds more depth to the plot. There are some scenes I am determined will be added and work my characters toward them, but I am not averse to them telling their own story. I know many authors work from a very detailed outline but this would not work for me. I prefer the freedom to go with the flow as the storyline unfolds and if there are unexpected twists and turns, then so much the better.
Q: What are a few of your favorite genres and why?
History has always fascinated me. I will read, or indeed watch, anything historical. I rarely read any other genre and become totally immersed in the different eras. My three favorite moments in time are Regency, Georgian and medieval, although I am not averse to exploring any other periods.
Q: Do you have a writer’s studio? Describe it for us, and what is the view you see from the window?
Oh, how I wish I had an office where I could lock myself away from the rest of the house! However, it’s not to be and instead I sit in a large comfy chair with my laptop on a small table before me. My husband jokes that if I did have an office, I would never be seen again as I would lock myself away all day, every day with only the dog for company. I can only write when the house is quiet and as my husband has just retired, I now have little opportunity to be alone. BUT he still works two days a week and I take full advantage of this time!
Q: Time Frame: From start to finish
It varies considerably. My shortest time has been eight weeks, with the average being six to eight months. However, I have to confess that CONSEQUENCE has to hold the world record being more than twenty-five years in the making! I started it many, many years ago and then put it aside until a publisher asked if I had any other books they could consider. It was then I remembered the many hand-written pages I had stored away in a file, just needing a conclusion. I resurrected the manuscript, finished it, and after all these years, it now has a life.
Q: Who or what was your greatest influence that made you want to be a writer/author?
I don’t quite know who or what prompted me to become an writer. I just found myself putting pen to paper at the age of fifteen and that was the beginning of a life-long compulsion to write. At the age of seventeen, I read Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer and I knew then exactly which direction my writing would take. I loved the romance and elegance of the Georgian and Regency periods and wanted nothing more than to recreate them in my work.
Q: How did you feel holding your book in your hands for the first time?
It is an incredible feeling and one that never quite goes away. The realization that I have produced every word written between the covers never fails to astound me. I now have six published novels with another destined for release in 2012, and still I marvel at each new publication. I never take anything for granted and am as anxious about each submission as I was the first. To see that manuscript transformed into an actual book is amazing.