1. Please tell our readers about The Wicked Wager.
The ‘Wicked Wager’ is a light hearted humorous romance and murder mystery set in the Regency era. It is difficult to slot the book under a particular genre. It has comedy, romance, mystery, and a whole lot of madness.
The book begins with Lord Richard Hamilton, the protagonist of the story, wanting to marry his fiancée Emma as soon as possible. But Emma’s uncle, the very powerful Duke of Arden, disapproves of a quick wedding. Richard makes a plan to fool the duke and move up the wedding date. His plan is simple enough, but as soon as he sets it in motion, a whole lot of obstacles crop up which end up culminating in a murder. He is one of the suspects and the trip to the altar turns into a possible trip to Gael instead.
2. You give Lord Richard Hamilton a rough time in this book. Was he a fun character to write?
Richard was a lot of fun to write. He is not an alpha male but a normal fellow in love and desperate to marry his fiancé. He is easy to relate to, and his banter with Emma is something that one would find in real life relationships. He is fun, spoilt, and extremely naughty.
3. What made you decide to write a book set in the Regency era in England?
I love the Regency era. It has a romantic and gothic atmosphere that is a perfect backdrop for a mystery. The strict society, crazy fashion sense, and delicate sensibilities of the era gave me a lot of fodder for comedy and romance.
4. What is your favorite scene from this book? why?
I love the mouse and cheese scene because even after so many edits it still manages to make me laugh.
5. Where is your favorite place to write?
I live in Ireland in an old Georgian house with high ceilings. It is always cold, so I love to write snuggled under blankets on my giant black leather sofa with a steaming cup of tea.
6. Besides writing, what do you like to do?
I used to love painting but lack of practice has made me rusty. I adore dancing. I put on music and dance like a mad woman while cleaning or cooking. It makes all the chores fun.
7. What's next for you?
I am writing a humorous Regency romance called Penelope. It is about a country bumpkin who along with Lady Bathsheba (her pet goat) arrives in London to catch a man. After that I am planning a Regency mystery series.
8. What's the last book you've read?
I read ‘Love amongst chickens’ by P.G Wodehouse. It was delightful.
9. Who's your favorite author?
I have a lot of favourite authors. It is hard to choose one … perhaps Lewis Carroll. I love how he created a chaotic yet a beautiful wonderland.
10. What's your favorite season?
Everything is gilded in autumn but mostly I love the fall season because my birthday is in October.
Thank you, Marcie, for having me on your blog.
About the book:
‘The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.
The ton approves, Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke’s estate to think things over.
Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a simple matter of masquerading as the duke’s gardener, compromising the lady, and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna Green.
Alas, he underestimates the duke’s intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate—never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficult.
His endeavours lead to a comedy of errors, charades, and knotty love affairs. Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests, a flea bitten mattress, his lovesick best friend, and a blackmailer.
Just when things seem to be going well, someone is murdered (very inconvenient), and he happens to be one of the suspects (extremely inconvenient).
His simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes … a tad complicated.’
Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008UWBJB4