Then became addicted to historicals! Orianna asked: "I was wondering what sort of research you had to do in order to write TMOLIM, not just to ensure that Ian's character was accurate, but also to determine how such a character would be dealt with in the time period you were writing in.
I read books, blogs, emails, and other things. How he'd be dealt with? I read books on how Victorians viewed and dealt with madness. It wasn't all bad, actually. The science of psychiatry was just around the corner, about ten years after my story. People started psychoanalyzing and trying to understand, not just locking them up. But having someone committed was a lengthy process that involved a committee and a trial.
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It was basic and humiliating. Ian went through a lot! Jennifer, I'm interested in how you ended up writing under three different names. Was it a conscious choice or did it just happen along the way? Raonoid said: "I'm reading the Dragon Master right now thanks to a friend. Allyson James will definitely continue with paranormal. Jennifer Ashley will too--I have a paranormal out in Feb. Laurie says: "If you get time, could you tell us how you chose Ian's name?
I liked the Mackenzies, so I picked them. I've always loved the name Ian. And Cameron. I don't remember where Mac and Hart came from. I just started calling them Mac and Hart. BTW, if anyone here is a writer, Laurie does fabulous writing workshops. Her workshops have helped me quite a bit.
Limecello asks: "Did you find anything interesting in your research? They would hit him, and he would cry and hide behind his butler. Not saying that an expert in the field wouldn't immediately pick up on it, but the descriptions of symptoms in historical discussions were often quite vague. Many forms of "madness" were lumped together. All of this is what made writing the book interesting!
Nalini asks: "Jennifer, I'm interested in how you ended up writing under three different names. One publisher asked me to take a different name at the other pub. I agreed, because the books were so very different. Allyson James came about because I wanted to try writing erotic romance, and I didn't want to lose my Jennifer Ashley readers by suddenly changing my voice. Plus, if the erotic books did poorly, it wouldn't hurt my Jennifer Ashley name. But Allyson James found an audience, so I kept on with it, segueing into less erotic paranormal romance.
It can be confusing to readers and I apologize , but it just kind of happened. I take comfort in the fact that in the old days of scifi and mystery writing, authors often took a new pseudonym every time they wrote a new series. Andre Norton had four or five different names, something like that. The hero of this book sounds very interesting.
It will be interesting to read how a romance with him evolves. Would love a chance to win this one. I've read all your paranormal books, but haven't tried any of the historicals yet. Don't count me in for the book I was lucky enough to talk to Jennifer on a promotional chat thing on writerspace a few weeks back and she was such a great person.. I was NOT disappointed!! Such a good book, it moves along fast, great romance Please, if you havn't read it yet..
Please do!! You won't be disappointed!! I already have the book, but I haven't had time to actually sit down and read it yet though I have dipped into it a bit. Sometimes when the hero of a book is complicated, the heroine suffers in comparison. Not so in this book.
Beth is no stock heroine from central casting; she's unique. It takes a special heroine to love a hero like Ian, and Beth is exactly the heroine Ian needs. I love, love, love this book. Don't put me in the draw as I already have it and have been pimping it out to friends since I finished it. Well done and I can't wait for the next one. Based on your many years of experience in writing about relationships, does it get easier for you to come up with your ideal hero and heroine?
Sorry, I haven't read your books, but I have a question: How do you come up with the right Lady for one of your heroes? What I like with Nalini's Friday Book Club is that I learn of author I didn't know, read exerpts and most of the time, buy their books. And this time, I get a chance to win the book leaving a comment?
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Count me in! I loved the book and I'm looking forward to the next ones in the series. Don't count me in, I already have the book on my keeper shelf! I love the Nvengaria series too and would love to see more books Will you continue to write that series too? This book sounds really interesting. I'm with another poster, in that I skip by historicals these days, but this one I'd like to read!
I've read the Dragon series by Allyson James, and would like to know if there will be more in this series? I haven't read this book yet but I am definitely interested in a "damaged" hero. Sounds good! Jennifer, Once i started reading i couldnt put it down! Your portrayal of Ians family and friends and how they related to him through Asp. The Madness of Lord Ian Mckenzie sounds good. I would love to read this book because I have heard great buzz about it and I want to read Ian's story.
I love all her work, and am looking forward to more of the Mercy books. I feel like I say "I'm so glad you enjoyed it," a lot lately, but I am! You enjoyed it.
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Thanks also to Allyson James fans here. I'm just finishing up a new one! Will give it to my editor next week.
Eva asked: "I love the Nvengaria series too and would love to see more books After that, my historicals will be all Mackenzies for a while. I haven't read this one yet but I was intrigued by the hero when I heard of him. To me, "perfect" characters are the boring ones. Orangebreaker asks: "Based on your many years of experience in writing about relationships, does it get easier for you to come up with your ideal hero and heroine? LOL It gets more difficult for me because I don't want to write the same couple twice with different names.
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I want each one to be unique. That's difficult--it's easy for a writer to write what's comfortable and works. It's good for me, though, because it challenges me to not be lazy and truly work at making the couple special and not stock. A writer's life is brutal, brutal. For the role of Beth, I took several shots at it, and she didn't come out quite right until about her fifth manifestation. In general, I look for someone who will challenge the hero and be good for him at the same time. It's a delicate balance!
I daydream characters in my head for months and months, sometimes years before they are "right. I own and have read the book. It is on my keeper shelf- no need to include me in the drawing.
I read a review of the book and was instantly intrigued because I work in a school in which children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ASD are taught. I was amazed at how well you, Jennifer, captured some of the behaviors of an individual with Aspergers.
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