Welcome Jane Lockwood!
Monday, October 1st, 2007 Oct 1st, 2007 leave a response

Today I’m lucky enough to have a visitor from The Spiced Tea Party blog, a writer whose work I admire greatly and who is also hilariously funny-(Check out her quiz at the end of the blog!)

Hi Jane/Janet and welcome to my blog!

What inspired you to write Forbidden Shores?

I read a wonderful book by Adam Hochschild, Bury The Chains, about the abolitionist movement in England. And I knew I wanted to write about abolitionists, because it was such a polarizing issue in England, the hot political issue of the Georgian era. My editor asked me to move the action to the Caribbean, something I was rather reluctant to do because although there was certainly a fairly substantial black population in
London at the time (1800), a high court ruling in 1772 had decreed that people living in England could not be slaves, or returned to slavery outside of the country. So I had to include slaves and their owners as characters and that was very difficult–I didn’t want to sugarcoat anything, but neither did I want to gross anyone (including myself)out. The conditions of slavery were absolutely appalling, and that was why there was such a tremendous amount of support, crossing gender and class, for the abolitionist cause.

I see that your publisher categorizes Forbidden Shores as a historical romance. How
would you define it?

I originally sold the book as an erotic historical for the Heat line, and then I was upgraded to Signet Eclipse. I made a few changes to make it “more like a romance”–whatever that really means. The basic concept of the book is that there are three people, each of whom are in love with the one of who cannot love them back: Clarissa is in love with March who is in love with Allen who is in love with Clarissa. I’m hoping the book will appeal to romance readers as well as erotic romance readers–really, I’m concerned that people know what they’re getting; there is a lot of explicit sex.

What’s your favorite time period to write about?

Georgian-Regency, because it was a time of such great change and upheaval, with causes like parliamentary reform and abolition, the Romantic poets, and the terrific clothes. I don’t think men’s clothes have ever been sexier, and women could actually move in theirs. I love the earlier gowns that relied on line and drape of fabric, before they got those bizarre encrustations at the hemline and the silly sleeves.
I’m also very interested in the English Civil War period (yes, we had one too) but haven’t written anything about it yet.

How do you feel your writing differs between your two alter egos?

I don’t really think it does. Jane has more sex, although Janet does her best. Janet would have her characters slip on a banana skin while careening into the bedchamber, but they’d get there anyway. My first book, Dedication (2005), had quite a lot of grown-up sex in it–my boast is that it’s the only Signet Regency with two bondage scenes–but like Forbidden Shores it was inspired by a political idea: what
happened to the political radicals who embraced the ideals of the French Revolution (liberte, fraternite, egalite) as they matured into the older generation. The Rules of Gentility (Avon, August 2007) was written as a spoof, although there is some quite serious stuff in there about families and growing up–the interesting thing about the book is that some people don’t “get” that it’s a spoof but like it anyway. Avon doesn’t think it’s a romance–it’s shelved in the Lit section at bookstores–which I think is pretty funny, as I was convinced I’d cracked the romance code with this book.

What’s coming up next book-wise for you?

I’m a publishing one night stand sort of girl–so far I haven’t snagged a contract for more than one book at a time. So I have a partial for another erotic romance out, and Avon told me I could write about anything I wanted for my next book, which I found a terrifying idea,even though it’s what ever writer wants to hear. I’m working on a partial for them now, and it’s a sort of Regency Upstairs/Downstairs because I’m very interested in servants.

Any words of advice for aspiring authors?

Write what you want, don’t try to follow market trends, ignore what anyone tells you are “the rules” of (erotic) romance, and avoid–or subvert–cliches. And read outside the genre.

Tetley’s or PG Tips?

Yorkshire Gold is my substance of choice, although for everyday purposes I drink Brooke Bond Red Label (from my local Indian grocery store which also sells the best mangos in the area).

Thanks for having me visit, Kate!

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The historical writers quiz:

Do you find yourself sitting on the sofa looking like an idiot because you can’t figure out what you’re reading? Or can’t even remember where your book is? Or your laptop seems to have mysteriously disappeared into your pants?

What, exactly are you reading or writing? Here’s a simple quiz to determine if your book is (a) a traditional regency, (b) a regency-set historical, (c) an erotic historical, or (d) historical erotica.

The heroine meets a gentleman she is attracted to. She:
a. Asks to be introduced to him by the patronesses of Almacks
b. Invites him to her bedchamber
c. Invites him and his three friends to her bedchamber
d. Invites him and his regiment to her bedchamber

The hero is wearing:
a. Immaculately polished Hessians, and a finely tailored coat and breeches
b. Boots, breeches and a historically inaccurate shirt unbuttoned all the way down
c. Not much, a sneer, oil, and a whip
d. Tattoos, scars, piercings, a sneer, oil, and an even bigger whip

The heroine is wearing:
a. Bonnet, gown, shawl, reticule
b. Gown, barely, and lots of hair
c. A little wisp of something from Victoria’s Secret and lots of hair
d. Tattoos, scars, piercings, a sneer, a really, really big whip, and a shaved head

The secondary characters include:
a. Comic servants and saintly family
b. Comic servants and tiresome family
c. Sex-obsessed companions who may or may not be human
d. Underlings you never meet but someone has to get in the lube and leather supplies

Your hero likes to spend long hours in the library:
a. Reading poetry
b. Decoding secret documents
c. Twisting himself into a pretzel for future activities, based on an ancient tome of erotic practices
d. Oiling the rack and himself

Your heroine likes to:
a. Embroider, play pianoforte, visit the poor
b. Tame stallions, write novels, etc.
c. Practice twisting herself into a pretzel etc.
d. What? Time to do anything else? I don’t think so

Jane is very kindly offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win one of her books!

THE RULES OF GENTILITY, print and e-book, Avon, Aug. 2007
FORBIDDEN SHORES, writing as Jane Lockwood, Signet Eclipse, Oct. 2007
DEDICATION, a romance of love, lust and literary identity, still
available from Signet Regency
http://www.janet
mullany.com http://www.janelockwood.com
http://riskyregencies.blogspot.com
http://thespicedteaparty.blogspot.com
http://www.wetnoodleposse.com

12 comments to “Welcome Jane Lockwood!”

  1. Crystal Adkins
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      · October 1st, 2007 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Hi Kate and Jane! I loved your interview and the quiz! I am a huge huge fan of historicals! I have yet to read your work but hopefully I can get ya on my TBR list 🙂
    I hope you have tons of fun blogging today!



  2. Shelli Stevens
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      · October 1st, 2007 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Great interview! Thanks for posting, this looks like a GREAT book!!



  3. victoriablisse
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      · October 1st, 2007 at 5:57 pm · Link

    The book is intriguing me, I admire historical writers as I don’t think I could manage all the research involved!



  4. Meljprincess
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      · October 1st, 2007 at 6:07 pm · Link

    LOL! I’m definitely writing historical erotica. Loved the quiz.
    Oh, Jane, I’d love to read “Forbidden Shores”. I was asked a question once about what time period I thought wasn’t written about enough. I answered “Georgian”. That period appeals to me greatly. I love historical romance!



  5. Jane Lockwood
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      · October 1st, 2007 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Hi Crystal, Shelli, Victoria, and Mel–thanks for dropping by! It’s interesting how narrow a period the Regency actually was. I think the women’s clothes of the late Georgian period, were at their best around 1800 when they relied on classical line and drape; and it’s that we tend to think of as Regency style rather than the encrusted rosette-y hems and funny sleeves of the 18-teens.

    I was very proud to have the book come out this year b/c it’s the 200th anniversary of the passing of the act of parliament that abolished the slave trade. I dedicated the book to the abolitionists, tho I think it might have caused them conniptions.



  6. MariaGeraci
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      · October 2nd, 2007 at 11:39 am · Link

    I think I need my contacts updated, I thought the title was “Forbidden Shoes” until I read a little more closely.

    Great interview, Kate! And Jane, the quiz made me laugh! I’ll be on the lookout for the book:)



  7. Meljprincess
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      · October 2nd, 2007 at 2:45 pm · Link

    I equate the Georgian period with more debauchery. *g*
    “Tattoos, scars, piercings, a sneer, a really, really big whip, and a shaved head”. LOL! The only one of these I don’t have any longer is the shaved head.
    LMAO! Maria. I need new glasses so I can relate.



  8. ruth
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      · October 2nd, 2007 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Hi Kate, Hi Jane,
    Your interview was informative and interesting. Your book looks so appealing and I look forward to reading this unique novel.



  9. Jane Lockwood
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      · October 2nd, 2007 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Maria, funnily enough I call it Forbidden Shoes sometimes too (the foot fetishits’ edition). But my favorite nickname is its working title, Ass Bandits of the Caribbean.



  10. Kate Pearce
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      · October 2nd, 2007 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Ass bandits of the Caribbean?
    I loved that one too!!



  11. Louisa Edwards
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      · October 3rd, 2007 at 2:59 pm · Link

    I can’t believe, from that little explanation of the plot, that they put you into Signet Regency! Boy, has that line changed in the last few years. For the better, I’d say–your book sounds amazing! I love super sexy hot stuff written by funny, intelligent women…Ask Kate, she knows.



  12. Jane Lockwood
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      · October 4th, 2007 at 2:24 am · Link

    Louisa, it’s not a Signet Regency but a Signet Eclipse, which is a sort of multipurpose line from NAL–it includes all subgenres (including erotica and erotic romance) and both trade and mass market paperbacks.

    So I’m now letting people know what a sexy book it really is even if the cover and back cover blurb don’t tell you that!

    Janet



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