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I’m delighted to welcome Award Winning Author WENDY LACAPRA to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for having me, Carol! I feel very honoured to be on Rakes and Rascals, especially as a relatively new author. Historical romances are my favourite books both to read and to write!



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

I was born in the US, just outside Philadelphia on the New Jersey side. Both my parents grew up in rural Maine, however, and so I always felt just a little out-of-place in my suburban community. I loved the long New Jersey autumn and streets lined with huge sycamores, but I loved the time I spent with my aunts and uncles in the Maine woods even more. My uncle spent the summer sustainably culling trees from his property to help heat the farmhouse during the winter. I adored working with the log splitter, carrying and stacking the wood. The repetitive nature of the work allowed my inner world to come alive, and helping out was satisfying.

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Taking a break from stacking wood (with my work gloves still on) sometime during my teen years.

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

Humm, I’d love to say I’m easy-going but then I remember the many times I’ve indulged a good grumble. I almost never yell, though. I am easily amused and at my loudest when laughing—or so I’ve been told…most recently by fellow travellers on a bus (whoops).

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

Savoury. I love all things bitter or sour. I can put horseradish on just about anything and I love pickles. But I’ve never refused a piece of cake, either! Chocolate is my favourite.

What is your most treasured possession?

I’m having a hard time choosing between my wedding band and a painting done by my late father. Both keep the two men I’ve loved the most close to me. The painting makes me smile because when he gave it to me, he asked my nephew, who was about 5 at the time, what he should name the painting. “Looks like Boats” was my nephew’s answer, and that’s the name that is on the back of the frame.



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

I live in New York City now, and I came here believing it would never grow on me. But I love where I live, now and don’t think I have another ‘dream’ place. I love the Hudson River, the huge Sycamore Trees in Riverside Park and the energy that seems to be infused into the streets. I like to travel, though. I love the Cotswolds. The small lanes and stone houses inspire me. Any old house inspires me, really. But I love coming home from wherever I’ve roamed the most.

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Riverside Park at dusk

Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Oh, I embarrass myself all the time, so it’s hard to choose. Among other things, I’ve fallen flat on my face while crossing the hall at writer’s conference, bitterly complained at the office about an IT contractor’s absence only to discover him standing behind me, and spilled the contents of my purse (which were remarkably musical as they rolled about) during a lecture. Writing-related, I did a reading last year and shook so badly I could barely read the words off the page. The easy sense of humour I mentioned above comes in handy, even if I laugh too loud.



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

Thank you, Carol. I’m so glad to have met you during last September’s Historical Romance Retreat. And thank you for having such a wonderful digital home for lovers of historical romance in Rakes and Rascals.


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



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