Eccentric Heroines: Interview Part I

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Andrea under her Penrose name has the second in her Wrexford and Sloane Regency Mystery series, MURDER AT HALF MOON GATE out this month. Since I have the first in my romantic mystery Crystal Magic series, SAPPHIRE NIGHTS, out on the same day (3/27), we thought we’d interview each other—it saves us from talking too much about ourselves!

This will be a two part interview and today we ask: Both our heroines are disconnected from their families and gain strength from engaging with eccentric communities unlike the environment in which they were raised. How does this affect the heroine? The story?

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Crystal Magic and Sapphire Nights

Rice_SapphireNights_600x900Pat here:

For years, readers asked me to write about the descendants of my Malcolms and Ives. But I have a bit of a problem writing about the children of my characters because I have a feeling they would be very interfering parents, and romance needs to be about the couple, not their overbearing, all-powerful families.

So I introduced the Unexpected Magic series and the great-grandchildren of the original Malcolms and Ives. Almost a hundred years after that first generation, I have a dozen fascinating families I can create, if I like, but I’m incapable of writing about the same concepts and setting into eternity. I needed to explore new shores and different conflicts. I’ll probably come back with more stories for the grandchildren at some point, but it might not be in England. My Muse likes to travel!

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