My thanks to the wonderful, supportive and multi-talented Mari Christie, who invited me to take part in this Blog Tour.
Mari has been a professional writer, editor and graphic designer for more than twenty years. She works with other authors as a copy editor, e-book designer and web marketer. As an author she writes mainstream historical fiction and poetry, as well as Regency Romance novels under the name Mariana Gabrielle. Find out more by visiting her website at www.marichristie.info.
The aim of the tour is to hopefully reach new readers and introduce new authors, so a huge welcome to anyone who may not have visited this blog before as well as to any who, dare I hope, have already passed this way.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historical?
My character comes from my soon-to-be-released Regency Romance, An Improper Marriage. She is the heroine, Eleanor Honeybourne and is entirely fictitious, although she was ‘born’ from historical facts and stories.
When and where is your story set?
The story begins in the iron-working and glass-making country around Stourbridge in the West Midlands, but the main action takes place at a mansion in Worcestershire. It is set during the Regency, in the spring and summer of 1816.
What should we know about your character?
Rector’s daughter Eleanor is a strong, forthright character with a mind of her own. She has a very close relationship with her stepfather even though she was devoted to her own father. Now her mother is also dead, she is only too aware of the restrictions on her, being gently born, and what she can achieve as a woman in her grandfather’s glass business. In spite of her best efforts, she still holds a flame for her childhood hero and best friend.
What is their main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
I don’t want to spoil the tale… but when Eleanor is forced to escape an unwanted suitor, the only way to save herself is to risk her reputation.
What is the personal goal of your character?
Her actions are determined by her desire to save her stepfather from financial ruin and herself from a lifetime of regret. She knows someone is going to be hurt and this causes a considerable amount of soul-searching.