Triple RITA finalist Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” Vicky is a native Texan and holds degrees in English literature and marketing.
Questions about WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS
• So Vicky, I heard that you like to find role models for your heroes. Who did you choose to be the role model for Andrew Carrington, the Earl of Bellingham?
Hi Jennifer. I do indeed choose hunky actors as models for my heroes. It’s a tough job, but I’m willing to ogle numerous photos of hot guys for the sake of my writing career. When I first saw a photo of Ian Somerhalder, I was sold! He is the perfect role model for Bellingham. But just in case, I gathered many photos of Ian. You can see them on my Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/vickydreiling/
• Who did you choose as a role model for your heroine Laura Davenport?
I looked for an actress with blonde hair and a sweet smile as a counterpoint to dark-haired, rake Bellingham. Rachel McAdams was the perfect role model for Laura. There are photos of her on my Pinterest page as well.
• You apparently really love Pinterest. What else do you post there (beside hunky actors)?
I’m so glad you asked. I have numerous photos of gowns, men’s clothing in the Regency era, billiard tables, carriages, historical houses, theaters, castles,etc. I use Pinterest like a collage. It helps me visualize the places where my characters interact.
• What is one of your favorite scenes in WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS?
That’s a tough question, but there is an early scene in the book that propels the characters into action. In this scene, Laura is on the verge of dismissing Bellingham who arrives to bring her a flask of liquor, one that her rebellious stepson left behind at a ball. She doesn’t care much for Bellingham, but when her stepson’s rude guardian threatens to take her stepson away, Laura tells an outrageous lie to keep her son. Now Bellingham finds himself roped into a faux engagement!
• What is next in The Sinful Scoundrel Series?
WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS is the story of Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, who is forced to meet up with his childhood friend Lady Angeline Brenham. There friendship fell apart after she overheard a chance, unflattering remark, and they have been estranged for many years. But after a year in Paris and a failed betrothal, Angeline is no longer the seemingly confident young woman, and the reunion with Colin only makes her yearn for him to notice her – the girl beneath his nose.
WILL A RAKE’S WICKED WAYS
Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, believes in being a gentleman, whether it’s fishing a soggy stranger out of the Thames or assisting a fetching lady into his bed. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for …
LEAD THE LADY ASTRAY?
It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly she, a vicar’s daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him than the gossip sheets could possibly reveal. Now every moment with this dangerously desirable man puts Laura’s good name at risk-and promises pleasure unlike any she has ever known …
I’d love to hear about some of your favorite heroes/heroines, and the actors you think who’d best portray them on the big screen! Two lucky commenters will win a set of WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS and THE DUCHESS HUNT. Giveaway open to US. Ends 6/4. Good luck!