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Monday, January 14, 2013

Please welcome Sorcha Mowbray

Anyone who knows me, knows I love historical romance. In fact, historical romance is one of the genres I love to cross with science fiction. But sometimes I like just plain historical, the clothing, the culture of another time and place. Today we have a guest author, sharing a little about their newest release, Love Redeemed, and themselves.
Please help me give Sorcha Mowbray a warm welcome to Backward Momentum.
Please tell the readers about yourself and the books you write? I’m a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so I’m actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but I definitely works in an office. I’m a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then I discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow!
As for my books, I write erotic romance…I like writing sexy. I have two books out now in The Market Series, historical erotic romance, plus a short contemporary erotic romance. I write the story that comes to me and worry about genre later.
Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us about it?  Love Redeemed is the second book in The Market Series. It’s the story of a man in trade and a prostitute who meet under certain misconceptions. They fall in love yet due to the misunderstandings are separated until they meet again by accident. In the end they must discover if love will prevail.
I am also working on editing the third book in the series for Decadent, Love Reclaimed. This one is the story of the Madame of the brothel. A great second chance story. Additionally, I am working on two other works in progress. One is a post-apocalyptic M/M/F/M story and the other is a contemporary cowboy story featuring a female bull rider.
What was your inspiration behind your latest release? Well, I really wanted to write a historical that wasn’t about a Lord and/or Lady. I had this image in my head of a business man in a dress shop surrounded by fabrics and squealing women. From there it all just developed.
Do you have a particular writing style and how would you describe it? I’d say I’m a planster or pantter—a hybrid plotter/panster. I do a quick outline, some character development and details to help me keep them all straight, and then I sit down and write. The outline often changes as the story develops, but mostly I try to leave myself some wiggle room in the outline so I can go where the story takes me.
What is your favorite type of character to write? Alphas, Betas? What about an Omega? Alphas. Now, I will say my hero in Love Redeemed is sort of a transitional hero from Beta to Alpha. Mostly, I just write Alphas because that’s what I like. 
Heroes and heroines are the stars of most stories, can you tell me about your favorite hero and heroine in your stories? What odd quirks and characteristics do they have? Any surprises? I think for me, it’s a toss-up between Kat from Love Revealed (Book 1) and Madame Marchander from Love Reclaimed (Book 3-coming soon). I love Kat because she is the bookish girl, smart and capable who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants in the bedroom. She’s kind of kickass, but not in a physical sense. And, well Madame Marchander is just so damn strong. She is a woman who has taken her lot in life and made a hell of a lot more out of it than most would or could. I love a resilient woman.
Villains can be almost as important to a story as your hero or heroine for creating a well rounded and interesting world. Tell us about a villain in one of your books? What defines them, gives them layers and makes them interesting? Do they have strengths and weaknesses? What are they? So far I haven’t really written too many villains. In Love Revealed there is a man who has a brief appearance, but mostly my stories so far have been more about lovers working out their differences and finding their way to each other.
What are the hardest scenes for your to write? I haven’t really encountered this. So far it all comes together for me. If I‘m not in the mood to write a scene I move on and come back to it. But I haven’t really noticed a particular kind of scene that’s hard for me.
The easiest?  Oh the sex. As long as I’m in the right frame of mind when I sit down, those just hop right on to the page.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books? Any research you’ve done come in handy in the “real world”?  Lordy! Those prim Victorians were really quite a wild bunch. LOL! They had tattoos, liked to be caned, were big into vibrators, and had all kinds of slang for sex. Real world application? Not so much.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out? First, take advantage of the online and local resources you have available. There are tons of sites for writers and organizations like RWA offer a lot of great information. Beyond that, I’d say start short. Write some short stories or novellas to help learn the craft and work up to a full length novel. I tried the novel length first…and well as I started learning stuff I began to realize just how messed up my first attempt was.

Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs – the best of both worlds!
Do blondes have more fun? No. I’ve been blond, red, and brunette. Redheads have way more fun!

Wine of beer? Beer…but it depends. LOL!
“Are you all right, Miss?”
For a moment, for this moment, she was a normal young woman experiencing the attentions of a handsome young man. Heat crept up her cheeks as he held her hatbox out, and the burning had nothing to do with the sun. “I-I— Yes, I am. Thank you.” His blue-gray eyes seemed to bore into her.
“I am so glad. I was sure you were a goner there for a moment.” He flashed a brilliant grin liquefying Serena’s insides instantly. “Please let me introduce myself. I’m Mr. Brennan Whitling of Whitling Textiles Importers and Wholesalers.”

“How do you do, Mr. Whitling?” Serena allowed her lips to curve up ever so slightly. “I am Miss Serena Freemont.”

“It is a pleasure. Might I interest you and your”—he glanced around the bustling street as his grin faded in confusion— “chaperone in a cup of tea?”

A wave of horror swept over Serena. Chaperone? Harlots did not require one of those. “Oh, Aunt Henrietta is in the bookstore, and I fear she will be in there a very long time. I am certain she won’t notice if we slip off for a quick spot of tea.”

“Excellent! There is a lovely little shop just up the street.” A beautiful smile spread across his face, causing her pulse to quicken.

He escorted her up the block where they stopped at a quaint little teashop. They settled in at a table and ordered a pot of tea.

“What has you on Bond Street today, Mr. Whitling?” They sat in semi privacy at the back of the shop.

“Oh, I was visiting some of my customers and taking new orders. I am very glad I was there to help you, and by virtue of said assistance make your acquaintance.” Did his already deep voice grow huskier? Their tea service arrived, dispelling the moment.

“As am I. Landing on my backside in the middle of the street would have been rather embarrassing. But in truth, thank you for your assistance today, and now the tea.” She lifted her freshly prepared cup to her lips and took a dainty sip from the delicate china. Through lowered lashes, she watched his graceful movements as he prepared his own.

“It is my pleasure on both accounts. You seem familiar to me. Have we met somewhere before? A ball perhaps?”  
Author Biography and Contact Information
Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband. 
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!  | Tweet @sorchamowbray | Sorcha’s Fan Page | Sorcha’s Goodreads | Silken Sheets &Seduction

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Jessica E. Subject said...

Hey, Sorcha! Your stories develop the same way mine do. Wonderful interview! Looking forward to that post-apocalyptic story. ;)

Sorcha Mowbray said...

My HS English teacher was so frustrated by me. I always either wrote the outline after my papers or drafted one, ignored it, and rewrote it after. LOL!

D L Jackson said...

What's an outline?

D L Jackson said...

What's an outline?

Sorcha Mowbray said...