It’s Tuesday, and it is time to welcome another romance author to the blog to talk about reading, writing and loving romantic fiction. This week I am delighted to be chatting to.. Ella Matthews.
Tell me a bit about the type of books you write and where you are in your publishing journey.
I write historical medieval romances for Mills and Boon. My third one will be published on the 18th March and is the end of a trilogy, following the fortunes of the Leofric siblings. I’ve just submitted my fourth title to M&B, which is the first book in a new series about Edward III’s knights. It’ll be my ninth book as I’ve also had five Pocket Novels published by DC Thompson. I worked in publishing for many years and so I feel like my publishing journey has been going for decades.
When I first started out writing I imagined that I would write serious, soul-searching books. The problem is I’m terrible at writing those. I think the main reason for this, is that I read a lot of romance and very few soul-searching books. Romance is my favourite genre to read and I think you have to write what you enjoy.
What inspires your stories?
This really depends on the novel I’m writing. Sometimes, the characters stride into my head bringing their stories with them and I really couldn’t say where they’ve sprung from. Other times, it will be a picture of a castle or a line from a novel that inspires me.
Who are your favourite romance authors, past and/or present?
When I was growing up, I loved Georgette Heyer and Mary Stewart. I’ve read Heyer’s, Arabella so many times I can quote passages from it and yet I still haven’t lost my enjoyment of reading it again and again. There are so many talented authors who are writing right now it’s hard to narrow it down, but I do love to read anything by Katie Fforde, Mhairi McFarlane, Christina Lauren, Jo Watson, Kathryn Freeman and Tessa Dare.
If you had to pick one romance novel for me to read, which one would you recommend?
Gosh, there are so many to choose from, I would have a very hard time selecting one. I’ve recently discovered the writing duo, Christina Lauren and I absolutely adore their books. My favourite is Beautiful Bastard and I would highly recommend that to everyone.
Chloe Mills is intelligent, hardworking, moments away from her MBA and starting a successful career. The only thing standing in her way is her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate and…completely gorgeous – a beautiful bastard. She’s determined to ignore him, do the best job she can, and move on to her bright future.
Bennett has been trying to ignore his gorgeous, infuriating assistant for months. He’s never been one for a workplace dalliance, especially not with one of his employees. But Chloe is so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules – or smash them, if it means he can have her… all over the office.
What starts as just a hot hate hook-up becomes something much deeper, as both Chloe and Bennett must confront exactly what they’re willing to lose to find love with each other.
Which romantic hero or heroine would you choose to spend your perfect romantic weekend with? Where would you go and what would you do?
My very first hero crush was Raoul from Nine Coaches Waiting. I can remember trying to concentrate in school and completely failing because all I wanted to do was get back to the book to see what he would do next. I’d love for him to take me to his chateau in the eastern France where I imagine we would drink fabulous wine and eat some delicious French cuisine.
What is your favourite thing about being a member of the RNA? What do you think you have gained from membership?
I’ve gained so much from being a member of the RNA. I’ve made some fabulous writing friends and learned so much from the conference and other members. I absolutely love being the editor of Romance Matters because it allows me to talk to lots of different authors about such a wide range of topics. The best thing I have gained from my RNA membership is my contract with Mills and Boon. I had a 1-2-1 meeting with my editor, Vic at a conference eighteen months ago and I was so lucky because she loved the book. I would not have had such an amazing opportunity, if it hadn’t been for the RNA.
What one piece of advice or tip would you give to new writers starting out in the romance genre?
Keep going, even in the face of rejection, even when it seems too hard. You can do it!
Tell us about your most recent novel.
My latest novel is the last in the House of Leofric series. It centres on innocent Linota who has lived her whole life in seclusion and is more than ready for her first taste of freedom. She begins on a journey to her brother’s home, full of excitement. She hasn’t gone far when she’s abducted. She’s saved by the hero, Erik but there is more to him than meets the eye. Erik has been put in an impossible position, to save his young niece he may have to betray his half-brother and the woman he is coming to love.
Erik was the anti-hero in Under the Warrior’s Protection and I’m really thrilled he’s had his own novel, so that he can tell us his side of the story.
An impossible choice:
His family or love
As steward to the Earl of Borwyn, Erik Ward had only admired sheltered noblewoman Linota Leofric from afar – until he has to escort her on a dangerous journey. When she’s kidnapped, he rescues the courageous beauty, revelling in finally having her in his arms. But Erik has a secret plan to reunite his family – now he’s forced to choose between that and his growing feelings for Linota…
You can buy a copy of The Warrior’s Innocent Captive here.
About the Author
Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).
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