Welcome to the blog, J’nell. I’m so excited to have you here today. Congratulations on your recent release, The Socialite! LOVE the cover and I can’t wait to read it. 🙂
What part of this story did you enjoy researching the most?
I really liked researching the glamorous parts, of course. Anything that had to do with the fashion, hair, makeup, or party scenes because I love that stuff in real life. Well, not so much parties as I’m more of a homebody, but I love me a fancy dress! Of course there was always the other side to the coin. While writing about bubbling champagne and red lipstick in the glittering high circles, the majority of people were suffering under Nazi rule. It was a huge juxtaposition to balance.
Have you visited any of the historical sites from your book? If not, what places are at the top of your list to visit someday?
I’ve had the privilege of visiting Paris three times while my husband and I were stationed in Germany years ago. It’s a beautiful city with amazing architecture and history on every cobblestone, but a little dirtier than you might expect. I’d love to return one day.
I’d love to visit Paris someday! 🙂
What’s something your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I was in the Air Force for four years where I had to wear a uniform and combat boots every day. It’s surprising because I’m very much a girly girl and like my fancy dresses and heels.
How cool! I would not have guessed! 🙂
Who is one of your favorite authors? It’s okay if you want to name more than one. 😉
Kristy Cambron, Beatriz Williams, Stephanie Dray
If you could go back to any place in time and meet anyone, where would you go and who would it be?
Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Buchan. She was the woman who crowned Robert the Bruce King of Scotland in 1306. According to tradition, the crowning ceremony of a monarch is supposed to be by a representative from Clan MacDuff. Why I’m not entirely sure, but tradition is tradition. Because of her role in supporting the Bruce against the English during the Scottish Wars of Independence, she was captured by the English and imprisoned in a cage which was suspended from the walls of a castle.
Wow! That is fascinating. I never heard of that… now I will have to go look it up. 🙂
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
My next novel, Beauty Among Ruins, is a WWI take on the Beauty and the Beast story set on a Scottish estate that is serving as a convalescent home to injured soldiers. It’s releasing next year.
That sounds amazing! Can’t wait, J’nell. Thanks so much for joining us today!