This is part of a series. Are they any special challenges when writing for a series?
Oh hell, yes! It’s really important to keep the minor characters straight in your mind, so they act the same in each book. Especially when, right out of nowhere, one of them decides to be the hero of a later book. And the world. You can’t alter any details of the world either.
Tell us about your latest book?
“Pillaging Elinor’s Castle” is the first book in the “Elinor’s Stronghold” series. Each book is a complete HEA story in itself, but characters appear and reappear throughout the series so readers can update the news on previous heroes and heroines. These books are medieval-set, but more fantasy than true historical.
Lady Elinor’s father and two brothers are killed in battle, and Lord Rhys loses his demesne. To protect her people Elinor decides she will marry Lord Rhys, but only if he agrees the Captain of the Guard, Hammond, will share their bed and the decision-making from now on. They agree and seal their contract in blood. Rhys and his people move into the stronghold.
After the wedding, they begin to plan how to survive the attack that will inevitably come. The stronghold is a wealthy one, and many will consider it an easy target with its lord and his sons dead. They also have to blend the two households together and prepare for the coming winter. At night Hammond and Rhys work hard in bed, learning to share Elinor, finding out what pleases her best, and arousing each other to new heights along the way.
Plotter or Pantser?
A mixture. I don’t start writing until the characters are clear in my head, and I have an idea of how to get from the beginning, via a few important mid-points to the end. But there’s no chapter-by-chapter outline or anything like that.
What makes a great hero?
Well, obviously he’s yummy to look at, but most of all he loves the heroine and thinks she’s perfect, even if she’s flawed. He wants to love and cherish her.
Do you have anything in common with your characters?
None of my heroes or heroines is me, but some of them have little attributes of people I know.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Have there been any real-life love stories that have inspired you?
I like the stories we see on the news, of ordinary people who are in still love despite life dealing them a tough time.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Georgette Heyer is my all-time favorite author, but “Pillaging Elinor’s Castle” is dedicated to Mary Stewart, whose Arthurian stories set the standard for all who followed her in medieval fantasies.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers trying to get published?
Keep reading, keep writing, keep perfecting your craft, and keep submitting. Never give up on your dream.
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
People being rude about authors who are only digitally published not being “real” authors. Honey, I love my print books, but they don’t sell as well as my ebooks do. Also book pirates. Them I hate with the fire of a thousand suns.
What are you currently working on?
I have several books coming out in May (including “Defending Rhyannon’s Inheritance” the second book in the “Elinor’s Stronghold” series) so I’m very busy with final edits and getting ready to promote them.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Apart from the evil day job, I read, and hang out with friends.
How can your fans find you on the net?
I update my blog several times each week: http://berengariasblog.blogspot.com/
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Berengaria is a multi-published author of erotic romance: contemporary, paranormal (ghosts, vampires, fairies, dragons, and werewolves), futuristic, medieval, and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: one man/one woman; two women; two men; two men/one woman; three men, two women/one man, three men/one woman…. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.