Author Interview and Giveaway – The Lost Heiress – Roseanna M White

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I have this book on my bedside table right now! I haven’t started it because, well life, but it’s waiting for me! Maybe you’ll put it on your bedside table too, maybe even win it through the giveaway below!

PLUS – Roseanna is holding a special giveaway for her release, including a beautiful necklace Roseanna made herself! Make sure you check it out.

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The Lost Heiress

1911 – England

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession–and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

 

Roseanna’s WebsiteRoseannaWhite2014

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Questions about Roseanna’s Story

What inspired your story?

The first week of 7th grade, I decided I was going to write a novel—and finish it, unlike all those others I’d started. I’d recently fallen in love with historical fiction thanks to Lori Wick’s books, so naturally I decided it had to be a historical romance—never mind the fact that I was only 12 and had certainly never been in love, LOL. Over the course of the next year and a half, I wrote Golden Sunset, Silver Tear…a story of a girl raised as a princess in a small kingdom, but who was really the daughter of English nobility. The story of a girl who unwittingly carried her parents’ secrets with her all the years she was away—and who then had to find the truth about their deaths when finally she came home as a young woman to the land of her birth. Fast-forward 20 years, and most everything about that book had been rewritten a gazillion times, until we ended up with The Lost Heiress—a story about a girl raised as an illegitimate daughter to a prince of Monaco, who then learned she was the heiress to a Yorkshire earl…and who had unwittingly carried the secrets of her mother’s death with her all those years. That kernel has remained the same—while absolutely everything else has changed, LOL.

(Melissa says: Oh my, it was 7th grade when I read my first Lori Wick, and well, I didn’t write until I was in my late 20s, but she’s the reason I’m in love with Historical Romance too!)

What character in your book turned out to be your favorite?

Love this question!!! My favorite character turned out to be one who hadn’t existed in any of the previous drafts of the book—Brook’s father, Lord Whitby. Originally I’d meant for both her parents to have been killed, but for the purposes of her inheritance, I finally decided it made more sense to have her father still alive…which then gave me a whole plotline I’d never had before, of Brook reunited with and getting to know the man who had been searching for her for eighteen years. I absolutely adore Whitby, who has that dry British charm I find so amusing. And when I told my editors that he was a new addition, they looked at me like I was insane—because really, how did this story ever exist without him?? I have no idea.

Which scene (give us the chapter) is your favorite, the one you never tired of working with? Give us a reason to look forward to it.

That would have to be my big middle-twist in chapter 17…which is also The First Kiss. =) In the editing process, some revisions to the pacing of the love story made one of the editorial team suggest getting rid of this, but I just couldn’t—I changed everything else about the romance, but not that! LOL. This is a kiss, but it’s more—it’s Brook being typically-Brook and running headlong into a dangerous situation just to resolve a disagreement. It’s Justin battling with his demons. It’s stolen cars and injuries and…just yeah. The moment where everything between them changes, and there’s no going back. The End of an Era, as they come to think of it. And the beginning of something altogether new.

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Questions about Roseanna’s Reading

What other Christian Historical Novels are similar to yours in setting or storyline?

There are quite a few Edwardian-set book out right now! The ones I’m eager to get my hands on are Carrie Turansky’s Edwardian Brides series.

Which book got you hooked on reading Christian Historicals?

Definitely Lori Wick’s Kensington Chronicles. I devoured her books as a teen, as well as those by Stephanie Whitson, Tracie Peterson, and Linda Chaikin. But I guess even before those were L. M. Montgomery’s books. Not historical fiction, per se—they were contemporary when they were written. But reading them now gave me a glimpse into the historical world that made me never want to leave it.

What Christian Historical Novel in your To Be Read pile is begging you to make time to plop down with it right now?

Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman. She’s my critique partner, so I’ve read most of her books, but not this one yet. Very excited to dive in and read about her would-be female knight!

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