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Deborah Hale

Deborah Hale

Genres:
Historical
,
Romance
After a decade tracing her ancestors to their roots in Georgian-era Britain, Deborah Hale learned a great deal about the period and uncovered enough fascinating true stories to inspire her fiction for years to come. In 1997, Deborah won Romance Writers of Amercia's Golden Heart award. Deborah lives in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, a place steeped in history and romance.
Q&A: Deborah Hale

Q&A: Deborah Hale

(January 2013)

Deborah Hale's newest novel, The Baron's Governess Bride, is an interesting twist on the classic story of Cinderella - a beautiful woman forced to disguise herself as a frumpy governess from the man she's beginning to love.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION DRIVING THE STORY IN THE BARON'S GOVERNESS BRIDE?
I have written a number of secular historical romances based on popular stories and fairy tales, but had never done a Cinderella story. Since it was also a governess story, I wanted the hero's children to play the "fairy godmother" role to transform their drab governess.

Q: WHEN MAKING UP STORIES, HOW MUCH DO YOU DRAW ON YOUR OWN LIFE EXPERIENCES AND PEOPLE YOU KNOW, VERSUS DRAWING ON RESEARCH ABOUT COMPLETE STRANGERS?
I tend to draw characters' emotional reactions from my own experience - happiness, fear, hope, envy, etc. - though often taken to greater heights and depth by the dramatic action of the story. For external story elements I rely on a lot of research and a dose of imagination. In The Baron's Governess Bride and the other books in my Glass Slipper Brides series, I also draw on my experience as a teacher to make my governess heroines and the relationships with their pupils as authentic as possible.

Q: WHO IS THE CHARACTER IN THIS STORY WHO SURPRISED YOU MOST?
The hero's daughters ended up doing and saying things I didn't always expect -- they were almost as unpredictable as real children!

Q: WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
I recently finished final edits for the next book in my Glass Slipper Brides series The Earl's Honorable Intentions, which will be released in June, and I am hard at work writing the fifth one The Duke's Marriage Mission.

Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT READERS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR BOOK?
In each book, I often learn some lesson along with my characters as I accompany them on their journey.  In The Baron's Governess Bride, it was how easily small deceptions can snowball out of control and that loving someone takes courage, especially after suffering a hurt or loss.

 
 

 

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