By Kathleen Bittner Roth
Some people have labeled me as intrepid because I’ve always been willing to forge ahead into the unknown. I may have stumbled and muttered, “Oops,” a few times, but looking back, I wouldn’t give up any of my experiences. Charting unknown territory has led to me to create a successful wellbeing center, to walk on fire, marry in a Scottish Castle, and live in rather unusual places. So far, I’ve resided in two post-communist countries, one along the Adriatic, where I swam with the fish and pounded away on my first two novels (they’re still hidden away in a drawer. I call them my learning experiences). Currently, I live in Budapest, Hungary, another post-communist country. It’s an incredibly beautiful city with a passionate and difficult past. I doubt I could find a more perfect setting to write novels that take me back in time.
I love writing historical romance. I get to slip away from the stressful, modern world and into a fantasy world where, much like Sarah in my new release, The Seduction of Sarah Banks, my characters are forced to take a chance on the unknown. Can you imagine waking up one morning beside a stranger, in an inn you do not recognize, and with no memory of who you are or where you came from? Sarah had no choice but to forge ahead and draw on her inner strengths in order to claim a life for herself.
I don’t plot my stories. I jump into the unknown and allow the characters to come forward on their own. After all, they know the story better than I do. Using this method of writing, my secondary characters have a pleasant habit of jumping into my novels unannounced, eager to join the party. This happened in The Seduction of Sarah Marks when Lord Eastleigh’s captivating relatives descended upon him and Sarah like a swarm of locusts. I love when that happens—I now have the zany, sexy, mysterious members of his family lined up for a series called Those Magnificent Malverns.
By the way, I dreamed The Seduction of Sarah Banks one night in its entirety. It was like watching a movie. I think the characters got impatient and jumped right into my dreams with a big howdy. I really enjoyed writing this story. Even though the theme of amnesia is a serious subjects, the humor in that unfolded along the way made me laugh out loud at times.
A short description of The Seduction of Sarah Marks:
Whatever Sarah Marks once knew—of herself or of anything much at all—she hasn’t a clue. All she knows is her name and that she woke up in bed with a stranger in a shabby inn. Frightened out of her wits, Sarah’s only goal is to escape and return home. Wherever home might be.
Viscount Eastleigh is the eldest son of an earl. He must wed in order to carry on the line, but injuries sustained during the Crimean War forced his healing to take precedence over marriage. Deeming himself fit to travel, the very private lord informs his meddlesome family that he is off to the Continent for a much needed respite. In truth, he intends to find a wife of his choosing, not theirs. His well-laid plans run afoul when an incident occurs along the way and he is forced to return home accompanied by a prim and proper country miss devoid of memory and in desperate need of shelter. Nearing his estate in Kent, Eastleigh gives Sarah and odd, fair warning that she is about to meet his eccentric and wildly mischievous family.
About the Author:
A member of Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and RWA’s The Golden Network chapters of Romance Writers of America®, award winning author Kathleen Bittner Roth has been a guest numerous times on radio, television, and on various writing blogs. She has won or been a finalist in numerous writing contests, including the 2012 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart®. You can find Kathleen on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads; among the authors at The Dashing Duchesses blog, and The Firebirds blog, or by visiting her website at: www.kathleenbittnerroth.com.
The Seduction of Sarah Banks released June 9th.