What was the first book you ever wrote and what inspired you?
I have always loved to write but it was probably my love of historical romances—the deep ones—that led to my first novel, Racing With The Wind. That and my best friend who told me I should write one. (She told me I thought like a writer.) I like real history in my novels. And I think it was a fascination with all that was going on in France and England during the time of the Regency that drew me to that period—and a love for the stories of Jane Austen. In addition to England’s war with Napoleon, there was the War of 1812 that made England’s relationship with young America so interesting. There was just so much to work with. But I love history of all periods, so I won’t confine myself just to the Regency period.
Can you tell us about your work including titles and share your amazon links?
My first three novels comprise a Regency trilogy, the Agents of the Crown, stories of three men who are asked by the Prince Regent to take on “special assignments”:
Racing With The Wind, the story of a British lord who became the “Nighthawk,” a legend in France who stole Napoleon’s secrets. It’s set in London and Paris in 1816, http://www.amazon.com/Racing-Agents-Crown-Regan-Walker-ebook/dp/B008OIWMTM
Against the Wind, the story of Sir Martin Powell who meets his love in a fancy London bordello. It’s set in the Midlands of England in 1817 during the Pentrich Rebellion, http://www.amazon.com/Against-Wind-Agents-Crown-ebook/dp/B00BXIJ6QM
Wind Raven, just published this year. It tells the story of Capt. Nicholas Powell, a merchant captain and heir to a shipping company who meets his love, an American, when he is forced to take her on his schooner as a passenger. His destination: the Caribbean where he is to spy on the pirate Cofresi. It’s set in London, the Atlantic, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Baltimore in 1817. http://www.amazon.com/Raven-Agents-Crown-Regan-Walker-ebook/dp/B00IXMM1AO
And coming October 1st…my first medieval romance, The Red Wolf’s Prize, set in England in 1068, two years after the Conquest!
What drew you in to the romance genre?
Absorbing stories from the past with happy endings..what’s not to love?
Is romance your favorite genre to read as well as write?
I am a reviewer of historical romance (a top reviewer on Amazon and Goodreads), as well as an author. So, I read and write only historical romance these days (though a rare paranormal might sneak in from time to time). My blog, Historical Romance Review (http://reganromancereview.blogspot.com) is dedicated to lovers of historical romance and gets over 7600 page views a month.
Can you tell me something about yourself that may surprise your readers?
Well…I was once a very serious lawyer. And I worked for a time at high levels of government (which is what led to my stories of a demanding Prince Regent and my William the Conqueror romance coming this fall). I love the research behind my work and each of my stories includes an Author’s Note with glimpses of that research.
Are you excited to be a part of the upcoming Ropin Romance event?
Oh, yes. I think it’s a grand idea, and hopefully will lead to my meeting new readers!
What do you do to help with writers block?
Ha! I wrote a whole article on this subject. I have a list. Sometimes I get together with an author friend and kick ideas around that might wake up the muse. Sometimes I leave the book for a time to get perspective. I might go shopping or watch a movie. The middle of the book is usually where I get stuck and once I’m past that, I’m good.
If you had to choose three words to describe what type of writer you are what would they be?
Organized, disciplined pantster (I know, I know; sounds like an oxymoron)
What is your author pen name and do you have more than one?
Only one: Regan Walker (my real name these days)
If you had to pick a favorite author who would it be?
That is very tough to answer since I have reviewed over 700 romances and have 12 best lists on my blog. But I can give a short list: Penelope Williamson, Elizabeth Stuart, Virginia Henley and Heather Graham (all for historicals).
Since many of the readers that will be seeing this interview and participating in the takeover will be new fans. If you had to describe your writing style and books in a single sentence what would it be?
Rich historical romances that sweep you away to another time and place for real history, adventure and love. (sorry, that’s a fragment but you get the idea)