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Joanna Schupe Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome Award-Winning Historical Romance Author JOANNA SHUPE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hi Carol! I’m so excited to be here.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Joanna:
I was born in Ohio and it was a very idyllic Midwestern upbringing, full of family and comfort foods. I spent most of my childhood playing sports and reading books. I went to Florida for college, and then I spent my adult life in Chicago and New York. Though I now live in the suburbs, I’m a city girl at heart.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Joanna:
Definitely easy-going. It takes a lot to get me riled up! I’m also the first person to laugh at myself when I do something stupid (which is often).

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Joanna:
Sweet. I’d much rather have a cookie or piece of candy than just about anything else. Toblerone and Cadbury products are my weakness.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Joanna:
If we’re not talking about my kids or family, I would have to say my Dad’s wedding band. My parents eloped right out of high school (age eighteen) and didn’t have much money starting off. They exchanged simple gold rings at their wedding and have been happily married for more than fifty years. When I married my husband, we decided we didn’t want to exchange rings (we’re not really into jewelry). My mom surprised me by giving me my Dad’s wedding band, sized for my finger, engraved with their initials and my and my husband’s initials inside. I never take it off.


R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Joanna:
Hawaii. I’m not a beach fanatic but it’s like nowhere else on earth. My husband and I honeymooned there and I have fond memories of snorkelling, eating macadamia-nut pancakes, and feeding stingrays.
 


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Joanna:
Gah, there have been so many…and most revolve around food! One time, I tried to make a new soup for a guy I had just started dating (now my husband). While sprinkling a touch of cayenne pepper into the soup the lid came off the container and the entire bottle of cayenne pepper dumped in. What makes it embarrassing is that I thought I could just scoop out the extra spice with a spoon. He was napping in another room and came out to see why the apartment smelled like cayenne pepper. The smell was so strong that it woke him up. J

Although my high school prom dress is pretty embarrassing, too. I’ve included a photo for giggles.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Joanna.

Thank you so much for having me!

 

If you would like to find out more about Joanna and her books, here are the links:

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Cat Sebastian Interview - author photo

I’m delighted to welcome author of steamy, upbeat Historical Romance CAT SEBASTIAN to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hi Carol! Thanks for having me.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Cat:
I was born in New Jersey and that’s mainly where I grew up, with detours in New York and overseas. I basically spent my entire childhood reading, watching cartoons, and also failing to learn the rules of social engagement, which it turns out is how most people I know spent their childhoods, so I guess my childhood was pretty standard.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Cat:
I’m easy-going 90% of the time. But honestly now I’m imagining my husband, parents, and kids reading that and laughing their heads off, so maybe I’m a bit temperamental? Slightly?


R&R
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When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Cat:
Savory, with the following exceptions: chocolate chip cookies, brownies, Nutella. But usually I’d rather eat scrambled eggs than cake or ice cream. But I like to bake.


R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Cat:
Ooh, this is hard. We’ll stipulate actual inanimate objects, not people or dogs or whatever. I have a few bits of jewelry that belonged to my grandmother, including her engagement ring. I never wear any of it (because I pretty much never wear any jewelry beyond my wedding ring, which I don’t take off, because I’d lose it immediately) but occasionally I have to check that it’s where it belongs and I’m very happy when I see it.

(Ok but also my phone, I love my phone, I would suffer without it.)

If we’re counting animals, here’s a picture of my beloved dogs, one of whom is a very smart and savvy rat terrier type of thing, and the other who has his head stuck in a bag of chips.                                                                                                                                                                                           

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Cat:
Until recently I’d have said I wanted a place in New York, because I periodically get homesick. But, realistically, I think at this point in my life an hour in a crowded subway would make me catatonic. I’d like a house in the mountains of North Carolina or eastern Tennessee, someplace isolated and quiet but with excellent internet. And grocery delivery. And less than an hour’s drive from where I live. (This place does not exist.)


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Cat:
I…honestly can’t think of the most embarrassing moment, probably because I embarrass myself routinely and now my embarrassment rating system is irretrievably messed up. Once I fainted while getting a very tiny and silly tattoo, which was not my finest hour. It was at this Very Serious Tattoo Parlor in Alphabet City in New York in the 90s, and there were snakes in tanks and Very Serious Tattoo People milling around and I passed out after about twenty minutes of work. When I came to, the tattoo artist was staring at me in horror and I said “Oh, I bet that happens all the time,” and she was like “uh, NOPE.” So, let’s go with that, final answer.


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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Cat.

Thank you for having me!

  

 If you would like to find out more about Cat and her books, here are the links:

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Laurie Benson Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome Historical Romance author LAURIE BENSON to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hi Carol. Thanks so much for inviting me to Rakes and Rascals.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Laurie:
I grew up in New York City, which is a great place to live if, like me, you love art and history. When I was in elementary school, our annual class trips were always to The Museum of Natural History. As I got older, I had homework assignments that involved going to The Metropolitan Museum of Art where I’d have to analyse a particular exhibition that related to a topic we were studying in one of my classes. I think exposure to these cultural institutions at an early age helped to develop the interests I have now.

When you grow up in the city, you can’t really get bored since there’s so much to do. My parents regularly took me to Broadway shows, and I learned to ice skate and roller blade in Central Park. When I was in high school, I would travel two hours north to the Catskill Mountains in the winter with my friends and try to ski. I was never really good at it and probably would break a leg if I tried to do it now. And, before any of us we able to drive, we’d hop on the subway in the summer and go to Rockaway Beach for the day. Once we had cars, we’d drive out to Jones Beach on Long Island or head further out to the Hamptons to visit my family and spend time on the beaches there. New York City is a wonderful place to grow up and now I enjoy exposing my two sons to all the fun things that the city has to offer.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Laurie:
I’m usually a pretty easy-going person, but I have been known to stand up for my family, my dearest friends, and myself when the need arises.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Laurie:
Since I have a deep love of chocolate, I’ll say I prefer sweet over savoury. I could very easily exist on a diet of Lindor truffles, chocolate cake, and hot chocolate.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Laurie:
I treasure my family and friends above all else. If you’re asking about things I own, there really isn’t one item that stands out over the others. The handmade cards that my boys made for me when they were little are very dear to my heart and we have a number of antique family heirlooms that are also very special to me. If I had to pick one of our antiques, I’d say my favourite is a china cabinet that had belonged to my grandmother. We were very close and each time I look at it, it reminds me of her. It now holds my collection of antique books.
Laurie Benson Interview - grandmother's cabinet
My grandmother’s china cabinet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Laurie:
I love the ocean, so I’d have to say a house at the beach. There ‘s something about the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore and the smell of the salty sea air that immediately relaxes me. I’d want the house to be fairly close to my home, this way I could hop in my car and drive there whenever I needed to decompress.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Laurie:
I couldn’t say. It’s much too embarrassing.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Laurie.

Thanks, Carol, for inviting me to chat with you today. It’s been fun.
 

If you would like to find out more about Laurie and her books, here are the links:

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Darcy Burke Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author DARCY BURKE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I’m so happy to be here, Carol! Thank you for inviting me.

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Darcy:
I grew up in a suburb of Portland, Oregon on a cul-de-sac with a two-level backyard (great for playing house!) and a creek running behind it. I have fond memories of catching crawdads in the creek with my brother and climbing my next door neighbor’s (and best friend’s) willow tree. We had summer block parties and the city lights were far enough away that my dad could tell me all about the stars in the sky and we could see the Milky Way so clearly. I mentioned playing house—I was always pretending so I guess I’ve always been writing stories in my head!


Me aged 8

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Darcy:
Easy-going but it’s taken awhile to get there. J I was definitely more intense in my 20s. I’m more comfortable in my skin now, I think. I know who I am and I like her a lot!

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Darcy:
Both. Case in point: salt and vinegar potato chips are just about the perfect food.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Darcy:
I’m not sure I have one. I have some cool stuff that means a lot to me, but my people and my cats are the things I can’t live without.


 Banana Cat at my laptop

 

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Darcy:
Denmark so I could spend more time with my family there. And because it’s beautiful and we love it!


 With my cousins in Denmark last summer

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Darcy:
I’ve had plenty, but the one that has to do with writing goes back to my first Romance Writers of America conference when I was a fledgling writer pitching to agents and editors for the first time. I was in the basement of the hotel in Dallas, where the pitch appointments were happening awaiting my turn when I felt a tickle on my bare toes (I had open-toed shoes on). I looked down and saw a very large cockroach on my foot. Needless to say, I jumped up and danced around like an idiot shrieking. Nearly everyone in that room, agents and editors included, turned to stare. We do not have cockroaches in Oregon! We never did find that little bugger and the next day I was up on the second floor near the top of an escalator when I saw a cockroach riding the darn thing! Same guy? I’ll never know.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Darcy.

It is my delight and pleasure to chat with you! I hope you’ll join me in my Facebook group, Darcy’s Duchesses where we share fun stuff like this all the time! Thank you for having me!

 

If you would like to find out more about Darcy and her books, here are the links:

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Vanessa Riley Interview - autor picture 2

I’m delighted to welcome Regency and Historical Romances author VANESSA RILEY to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you for having me. It’s exciting to be here.

 

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Vanessa:
I was born in a small country town called Aiken, SC. Aiken is a quaint friendly place known for textile, pecans, and nuclear waste.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Vanessa:
I like to think of myself as easy-going. I have a thick skin. I love to laugh, and I never try to take myself too seriously.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Vanessa:
I love both, but I have a big sweet tooth. Give me a sweet garlicky sauce over chicken, and there will be happiness on my taste buds.

 


R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Vanessa:
I have a couple: the pearls my mother gave me for my wedding and my grandmother’s rocking chair. Both treasures connect me to strong women.


My grandmother’s rocking chair 

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R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Vanessa:
It would have to be in London. I love that city and it would be helpful for my research.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Vanessa:
It would probably be going to work, school, and a social event in mismatched shoes, all in one day. I didn’t notice, and no one told me until I came home. I can only imagine what other people thought seeing one brown shoe with a heel on one foot and a blue flat on the other. 


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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Vanessa.

Carol, this has been fun. Thank you for having me.

 

 

If you would like to find out more about Vanessa and her books, here are the links:

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Ann Bradley Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome Historical Romance author ANNA BRADLEY to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for having me, Carol – I’m thrilled to be here!

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Anna:
I was born in Brunswick, Maine, and growing up there was cold! Well, not cold all the time – just from October to May. Maine is beautiful, though, despite the snow and the challenging winters. The autumn foliage is as amazing as people say it is. I miss Maine the most in the fall.



R&R
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How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Anna:
I wish I could say I was super easy-going, but the truth is I’m easy-going about some things, and not about others. For example, I do a good job of not “sweating the small stuff” when it comes to my kids’ antics, but I tend to be temperamental when it comes to writing, especially when I have a looming deadline!

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Anna:
Sweet, much to the dismay of my waistline! I’ve always been a sugar junkie. It’s a habit I wish I could kick.


R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Anna:
Hmmm – that’s a tough one! I’ll have to be corny and go with my wedding bouquet of dried white roses. I’ve been with my husband for 20 years, and he’s still my hero. That said, I also keep one paperback copy of each of my books, and I’m pretty attached to those, too!

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R&R:

If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Anna:
Well, I’d say it’s a toss-up between a beach cottage, and a cottage in some tiny English or Scottish village somewhere. The beach soothes and calms me – I find it very peaceful, but there’s a part of my heart that will always belong to England and Scotland. I’ve travelled in both places pretty extensively and can’t say enough about how much I love it there.


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Anna:
Oh, this is an easy one! I’ve had a lot of embarrassing moments, but the most embarrassing took place at a summer school where I taught writing to gifted and talented kids. We were at lunch, and the table I was sitting at was on a raised platform type of thing (bad idea, it turns out!) and when I went to get up I forgot I was a foot off the ground. I pushed my chair back and fell over backwards, off the platform and to the floor. This happened in front of all my students, too! I still cringe when I think about it!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Anna.

My pleasure! Thank you for having me!

 

 

If you would like to find out more about Anna and her books, here are the links:

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Elizabeth Johns Interview -author picture

I’m delighted to welcome Regency Romance author ELIZABETH JOHNS to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I am thrilled to be here today! I have long been a fan of Rakes and Rascals, so I feel like someone needs to pinch me!

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Elizabeth:
I am from a small town in Oklahoma. I know, I know, everyone is envisioning the Wild West, but I promise I did not drive covered wagons and lasso cattle for fun! It was a wonderful way to grow up knowing most people in a close-knit community where people would give you the shirt off their back.


Me aged 5

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Elizabeth:
Hmm. Maybe a little bit of both. I prefer things to be easy going, but it seldom works out that way. Don’t ask my kids.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Elizabeth:
Both: I appreciate good food, period, but I definitely have a sweet tooth! I can never turn down a fresh scone or cheesecake.

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R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Elizabeth:
To me this question really means: What would I take from my house if it was on fire? (After everything living) I would probably take my grandmother’s paintings. They are the only thing that is irreplaceable and feel like they are a legacy I want to continue passing on to the next generation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
My favorite of my grandmother’s paintings


R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Elizabeth:
A country home in England on a lake or a villa on the south coast of France. I love the history, architecture, and of course, the food! I feel so relaxed in both places and enjoy visiting whenever possible.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Elizabeth:
Just one? I think the worst was hitting “reply to all” on an email where my best friend said she no longer wanted to date a guy. I was mortified that I broke up with her for him!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Elizabeth.

Thank you for having me! It was a true honour. I love to meet new people so feel free to say hello!

 

 

If you would like to find out more about Elizabeth and her books, here are the links:

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