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1. Tell us about your latest release.
I wrote Caught in a Cornish Scandal against the backdrop of the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. Perhaps this heightened both my need for emotional escape tempered with the desire not to glamorize a historical time period which was cruel and unjust to so many.
Whatever the reason, my characters absolutely refused to participate in the debutante balls which usually populate a regency novel. Instead, Millie and Sam set out on a path of adventure, driven by financial desperation. This journey ended in a happily ever while also involving my own passion of education.
Millie meets Sam when she rescues him from the sea. Together they struggle to survive and, ultimately, stop the ‘wrecker’ luring ships to flounder against Cornwall’s desolate shore.
2. Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.
They say that villains are sometimes more interesting than the heroic. I loved both Sam and Millie but another character also wound into my heart. As a psychologist, I am fascinated by human behavior and the narrow divide between the functional and dysfunctional. My favorite scene involves a reveal which surprises the characters and, hopefully, the reader.
3. What inspired you to become a writer?
I love telling stories. It started with Barbies and ended with Harlequin.
4. What is a typical writing day for you like?
There is no typical – I work as a full-time school psychologist and have been writing since my children were young. The youngest is now 19! I started squeezing in my writing while the babies napped and now write in odd moments with a physics class playing in the background. The only constant is that my writing has always provided me with an escape from the mundane into another life and century.
5. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
I love my job working with children. I was a school counsellor and am now a school psychologist.
6. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?
No, not really, although I have a quirky streak and definitely believe that growing up is optional.
7. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?
Harlequin novels are often published in other languages. No doubt, organized authors know the dates of publication by monitoring the Harlequin Author Network. However, no one has ever accused me of organization. Therefore, the arrival of my books in Polish, Italian or French is a wonderful and rather exotic surprise.
8. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
My students influenced me more than anyone. As a school counsellor, I was all about ‘goals’, ‘growth mindset’ and ‘resilience’ – the current educational buzz words of the day. As I thought through these concepts, I realized that I had abandoned some of my early dreams because I feared rejection. So many of my students were doing hard things every single day. They inspired me to strive for my dreams despite the hurdles.
9. Do you have any favorite authors that you like to read?
My childhood was made rich with the classics; Jane Austen, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Dickens combined with a smattering of Mary Stewart, Dorothy L. Sayers and Georgette Heyer. More recently, I have been on the look-out for wit and whimsey. I love Sophie Kinsella.
10. What other hobbies or interests do you have?
I enjoy running, hiking, dogs, cats, hedgehogs and am an avid advocate for education.
11. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise?
I am also a middle-grade author and am currently working on a book featuring an individual with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder. It is a sequel to an earlier publication whose protagonist was under the Autism Spectrum.
12. How can readers connect with you online?
I love hearing from readers. Please check out my website at Eleanorwebsterauthor.com
About CAUGHT IN A CORNISH SCANDAL
Blurb: With her family facing ruin, and desperate to avoid an arranged marriage, Miss Millie Lansdowne must work with smugglers. Millie knows smuggling isn’t going to be plain sailing, but rescuing a mysterious gentleman in a storm embroils her in a thrilling family drama. Millie soon finds her plans, heart and even her life in jeopardy.
As they fight to stop the wreckers working along Cornwall’s coast, Sam and Millie learn that sometimes plans need to be broken and love can grow in tragedy.