*What appeals to you most about historical romance?
I love seeing how people lived. I love the manners which they used to have. The rules which they used to have to follow.
*What has been your favorite book to write?
My favorite book to write is always the one I’m working on right now. I’ve written a lot of fun stories, but the one I’m working on right now is my favorite, no matter which one that is. Right now I’m working on a Regency-set fantasy which switches back and forth between some heavy topics and a light-hearted romance. It’s different and interesting and quite a challenge to write!
*Is there another genre you would like to attempt?
Mystery. I’ve always loved mystery. I have some in some of my books, but I’ve never written just straight mystery and I think figuring out a who-done-it would be great fun. It’s on my bucket list.
*What do you do when you are not working or writing?
Reading. Knitting. Watching dumb tv (sitcoms and sports) with my husband. When we go out, we enjoy exploring antique shops and flea markets, and like to take in the occasional museum as well.
*What are your favorite qualities in a hero or heroine?
I love a hero or heroine who has to battle against some odds. Its usually that they don’t quite fit in to wherever they are either because they don’t agree with the rules of society or are simply from another place—or in my fantasy books, it’s because they’ve got magical abilities. So a strong hero/heroine who can stand up for what they believe in, or can learn to adapt or fight against what they see as a wrong which needs to be righted. Those are absolutely my favorite qualities in a hero or heroine.
*If money and time were no object, what would you do?
I would travel. I love to travel.
Laying on a beach somewhere warm and sunny. Hiking through forests in the hills of Pennsylvania or New England. Wandering the streets of Prague or Paris. I’ve been to a lot of places and I want to go to more.
If money and time weren’t stopping me I’d love to explore more of Europe. I’ve never been to either Africa or South America, but I’d love to.
I love seeing how other people live. I love just wandering the streets of wherever I am to get a feel for a city or a town. Seeing the architecture, the markets, and all that makes a city distinctive.
I try to give this same sort of experience in my books. I love taking my reader on a journey to some place they’ve never been, or to a time that they can’t actually get to. Regency England, Calcutta during the Raj, Medieval Wales, Avalon! It’s the best way, the easiest way, and certainly the cheapest way to travel—through books.
Travelling through a book allows us to live in another world or experience life as a different sort of creature (in fantasy and paranormal books). They expand our horizons in very much the same way that travelling to a different country, or even a different city do. It opens our minds, teaches us so much and perhaps even shows us how to be more tolerant and accepting of others and their beliefs.
So, if time and money were no object, I would definitely travel—so that I could then write about new and different places and people.
Check out Meredith’s story in the Love Least Expected anthology!
Under the Mango Tree
Lakshmi is a good 18th century Indian girl who should not be avoiding her chores and enjoying a mango while hidden amongst the high branches of the mango tree in her mother’s garden. She truly should not be seen by a man who is not a member of her family—an Englishman, no less. And she absolutely should not even contemplate speaking with this man. But Lakshmi has never been one to follow the rules. This time, though, it could ruin—or make—the rest of her life.
About the Author:
Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published historical paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s romance novels include her new Medieval Fantasy series, the Children of Avalon, her Regency-set paranormal romances in the Storm series and traditional Regencies (without magic) in The Merry Men Quartet originally published with Kensington Publishers, of which three have been re-released and the last one will be coming out early in 2015. Meredith also teaches writing and publishing at her local community college. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer.
~~Love Least Expected, coming February 3, 2015~~
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