AUSSIE MONTH with Sasha Cottman
Describe yourself in one word:
Coffeeaddict (yes that is one word at 6am).
Tell us about the inspiration for The Duke’s Daughter:
Travelling through England in early 2015 with my sister contributed to the inspiration behind The Duke’s Daughter. This novel is the third in my Duke of Strathmore series. Staying in a village in Yorkshire for a week had me sitting up late into the early hours writing. Reading some books on the Napoleonic Wars also inspired me to set a large part of the book in Regency period Paris. My sister is a history buff so she was always full of great ideas.
What are you reading right now?
If I Kissed You by Louise Reynolds. After that The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. (It won the Man Booker prize and I plan to read it while sitting on the beach in Fiji).
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Become a USA best seller author. We all need to dream big and then make it happen.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Being in a multicultural country that values the contributions of all its citizens and allows everyone the chance to have a fulfilling life.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
It’s great! My husband has just started reading romance books and is thoroughly enjoying the genre. Romance is a positive genre which gives the promise of hope and love. Historical romance allows you to imagine yourself in another time and see things through the eyes of wonderful characters.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
I am actually writing a new series which is a lot darker than my previous work, but is allowing me to stretch myself as a romance writer. The heroes in the new series are men of questionable legal standing and have broken most of the 10 commandments between them. The heroines are not quiet young society misses, they can all handle a knife or gun. A mystery thread runs through all three books and is only solved at the end of book 3. I am finding writing this new series has put the spark back into my research and writing. I am loving it!
What were your big achievements of 2015?
Finishing and publishing my 3rd book in three years was a special achievement. Also taking time to reassess where I want to go with my writing is something I am proud of having done this year. The temptation to just keep writing and not stop and think about goals is sometimes too strong.
Meeting lots of new readers this year has also been a huge buzz. I made some great friends from meeting and chatting to readers online and at conferences. Romance readers are an amazing group of enthusiastic and interesting people. I love the romance tribe.
The Duke’s Daughter
When handsome army officer Avery Fox unexpectedly inherits a fortune, he instantly becomes one of the season’s most eligible bachelors. More accustomed to the battlefield, he has no patience with the naive debutantes who fill the ballrooms of London.
Honest and impetuous Lady Lucy Radley is a breath of fresh air, guiding him through the season and helping him to avoid any traps. So when Avery is left with little option but to marry Lucy, he can’t help but feel he’s been manipulated. Nor can he shake the feeling that a duke’s daughter should be out of his reach.
From the wildly beautiful Scottish Highlands to the elegant soirees of Paris, Avery and Lucy go on a journey that is full of surprises for them both. But will their feelings for each other be strong enough to overcome the circumstances of their marriage and survive the ghosts of Avery’s past?
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