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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.



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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.
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My grandmother’s china cabinet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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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.



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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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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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Elizabeth Kingston Interview - author picture

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

I’m very delighted to be here and thrilled at the opportunity to blather on about myself, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. Thanks so much for asking 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 was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes outside of Chicago. Nearly everyone who lived there worked for the nearby steel mills – this was back in the 1970s when the industry was thriving. My town was far enough away from the mills that we neither saw nor smelled them: 20 minutes in one direction and you were at the mills, 10 minutes in the opposite direction and you were in corn fields. It didn’t feel very special, but I realize now how lucky I was to be raised in a town of immigrants. People from all over had moved to the area for the jobs the mills offered.

Nearly everyone I knew growing up was either a child (or grandchild) of immigrants, which I think made me endlessly curious about other places in the world. My family had “emigrated” from Kentucky, where they’d lived since the 18th century, and our little Indiana town was desperately boring and insufficiently exotic for me. All I did was dream of getting out and living somewhere more exciting! Eventually I did – I went to Italy on a one-way plane ticket when I was 19, and many other thrilling places as life went on. But until I could do that, I escaped into books for my whole childhood, like so many of us do, and found the rest of the world in their pages. It’s charming now, to think of my pre-internet self, sitting in Indiana and obsessively reading encyclopedia entries about Scotland and Turkey and Tahiti, jealous of all the other kids who had family in other countries they could visit one day.

 

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

Elizabeth:
Hm, well I suppose since my immediate reaction to the question was to shout “False dichotomy!” in my head, the answer has to be Temperamental, right?

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Even as a child, I was temperamental

 

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

Elizabeth:
False dichotomy!

But really, I have what we can safely call a sugar addiction which I strive, with limited success, to keep under control. However – possibly due to all the fantastic immigrant-influenced food I grew up eating – I crave highly spiced food daily. When I discovered Indian cuisine, I was in heaven!

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Elizabeth:
Honestly, I’m looking around my apartment trying to imagine what might break my heart to lose, but there’s nothing, really. Not to bring the party down, but a few years ago my apartment was broken into while I was at work. The only thing they took was an old (rather useless) laptop before the thieves realized my 20-year-old niece was asleep in her room, and they left without taking anything else. (Thank heavens they were just petty thieves and obviously desperate to not get caught!) After the relief of knowing my niece was safe and unharmed, it just completely changed my feelings on my possessions. I realized that, so long as I still have the people I love, literally every object I own could burn and I wouldn’t be anything more than a little bummed out. If you told me I had 30 seconds to grab what I could before my home was wiped out, I’d be at a total loss. I mean, probably I’d grab my laptop and my purse – and the library books, if I had the time, I couldn’t let library property be destroyed!

All that said, I do really, really love my bike – a Pashley Princess in racing green. Also I treasure this extra tube of a particularly beloved but discontinued pink lip gloss, and all my Laura Kinsale paperbacks. If I lost any of those things, I’d cry a lot.

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My Favourite things

                                                                                                                                           

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

Elizabeth:

Well I live in Chicago so I’m picking a second home on a tropical beach in a place that’s serviced by non-stop flights. Mexico, maybe, near where I went on vacation once in Tulum, it’s just gorgeous there. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take anywhere in the Caribbean. I’d happily become a snowbird, ditching this town for a few months every winter. Oh man, what a dream that would be.


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 Tulum

 

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

Elizabeth:
I have such a cornucopia of humiliations, of course, that it’s hard to choose. I’ve wet my pants, asked a non-pregnant woman when the baby was due, gone through a job interview with lipstick on my teeth – the whole gamut. But here’s one that typifies my particular brand of cluelessness, where I only learn of my embarrassing behavior retroactively: Once in college a friend invited me to a get-together at a bar, with a group of people that often got together to discuss philosophy and literature. I SWEAR she said philosophy and literature, okay? This totally cute guy I’d seen on campus was going to be there, so I jumped at the chance to go and impress him with my smarty-pants intellectual conversation. After an evening of several beers and my combatively challenging everyone’s clearly biased positions on capitalism and sneering at their “childish moralizing,” my friend apologized for my behaviour and escorted me home, where she wondered why on earth I’d been so insulting to a bible study group.

Um yeah, I never heard from the cute guy. Who turned out to be a pastor in training and probably didn’t appreciate all the F-bombs I’d thrown in while rolling my eyes at everything he believed in. I’m a real class act sometimes.

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

Thanks so much for having me, it’s been great fun!

 

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

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Alyssa Alexander Interview - Author photo

I’m delighted to welcome Historical romantic suspense author ALYSSA ALEXANDER to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for inviting me to Rakes & Rascals! It’s a pleasure stopping by.


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

Alyssa:
I was born, raised, vacationed, educated, married and everything else in the Mitten. We spent every summer during my younger years camping along the Michigan lakeshore—which is a whole lot of shoreline to explore. The summers here can be hot, so those Great Lakes come in handy.

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Picture of me having a bath while camping, circa 1979

The winters, however, are another story. You know the joke that only in Michigan will you have a 55-degree sunny day followed by a snow storm? It’s true. My birthday is in November, and I’ve sat on my deck in shorts one year and dug my car out of a foot of snow another year.


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

Alyssa:
Mostly easy going…except when I’m not. Just ask Mr. A.

But really, quite easy going about most things. I have a few hot buttons though, as I imagine everyone does. So, I just go along with the flow until someone hits a button. Then, watch out!


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

Alyssa:
Yes. 😊 I love food! All types of food! Mr. Alexander and I are foodies, so when we go on vacation it’s all about what restaurants we’re going to visit and what local food we can try that we can’t get at home. But if I had to pick, I would say savoury. I’d take potato chips or a creamy triple brie over sweets any day.


R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Alyssa:
This question took me awhile to answer. I have lots of treasures, but really, they aren’t about the objects. They’re usually about history or memory. I have the pictures my grandparents hung above their bed for fifty years on the wall in my home office. I have a piece of wood Mr. A whittled about twenty years ago that is a very poor “I<3U”. I can’t get rid of it. And I think I have every picture my child has drawn for me in the last nine years.

So, I suppose my most treasured possession is love!

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My grandparents’ framed music

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Two pictures I hang in my office that my son has drawn for me – one on my inspiration board and the other hanging from a painting 

 

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

Alyssa:
I don’t even have to think about this one. Key West. I absolutely love it there. The quirkiness, the history, the ocean, the heat. I could sit on the beach and write for the rest of my life. We visited for the first time this Christmas and in a way, it felt like I’d found my place.

 

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

Alyssa:
Um. They are too numerous to count. Which I don’t in the least mind! Who wants to take life too seriously?


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

It’s been a pleasure. I’m always up for interesting questions and answers—plus, I was able to wax poetic about my favorite things. What’s not to enjoy? Many thanks for inviting me to visit.

 

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

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