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Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Born in Ohio, she now lives in LA. For more information, please visit http://janeashford.com/.
A Day in the Life of… Regency Romance Author Jane Ashford
I’m lucky enough to be a full-time writer now, so I can set my own schedule. That’s the good news. I also have to provide my own discipline to meet deadlines and get the writing done!
So, most of my days involve a lot of solitude and go like this.
I’ve always been a morning person. I’m never really tempted to sleep late. I get up, turn on the electric teakettle, dress, and brew that first cup of English Breakfast tea. Ah! In the small green canyon where I live now I can watch the sun rise from behind a mountain. The birds start up. The light spreads. It’s beautiful.
I usually read a bit with breakfast, setting the mental wheels turning, and then it’s right to the computer and to work. My practice is to make notes at the end of every writing session. So I have material to get me rolling as I begin each day.
I write all morning. Whether I produce many pages or a few, I stay in the chair. In my experience, that’s the way books get done. I have a sign for my office door that reads, “Working.” This is necessary to discourage interruptions (not entirely prevent them, alas), because I live with an inveterate talker. He always wants to share; he’s had to be trained to respect the sign. :)
Lunch is my marker between writing and the rest of life. Maybe food shouldn’t be decompression, but…it is. Afternoons are for chores, laundry or grocery shopping, tending social media, all of life’s administrative tasks. By four or so, I’m really ready for some movement – at best the gym, at least a walk.
In the evenings I may see friends or read a great book, go to a movie or a play, watch Downton Abbey or other fabulous TV on our Roku. Being a morning person, I’m usually in bed by eleven.
Thanks for asking about my day!
She Thinks She's Bought a Compliant Husband
Although Clare Greenough has inherited an unexpected fortune, her money is in the hands of a trustee until she marries—everyone knows a woman is incapable of managing funds. What she needs is an easygoing husband, right away...
They're Both in for a Shock
She makes a deal with impetuous young James Boleigh, seventh baron Trehearth: they will marry, Clare will get control of her money, and Jamie will get the funds he desperately needs to restore his lands. To stave off ruin, Jamie agrees, believing Clare will soon become a proper, submissive wife. But to expect a serene, passionless marriage was only their first mistake...
Praise for The Bride Insists
“Perfectly delightful Regency romance... Remarkably executed.”
“Ashford captures the reader’s interest with her keen knowledge of the era and her deft writing.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
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Ends March 11th, 2014.