q&a, Rachel’s Random Resources Tour

His Unlikely Duchess – [Author q and a]

I am so excited to bring you my first ever q&a. I saw this book and fell in love with the cover. I was even more excited to get the chance to ask the author some questions.  A huge thank you to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organizing this tour.

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His Unlikely Duchess by Amanda McCabe

Genre: Historical romance

Tour Dates: 15th – 19th January 2021

Publication Date:  January 2021

Publisher: Harlequin

Standalone Book one in The Dollar Duchesses Series

Estimated Page Count – 200

Money can buy her marriage

But will it lead to love?

Miss Lily Wilkins hopes her American money will compensate for her lack of etiquette, as she needs a prestigious marriage to save her sisters’ prospects. Raised to believe wealth was her greatest attribute, she’s stunned when her unconventional ways catch the eye of the notorious Duke of Lennox. He’s far from the safe, sensible match she’d planned on—but Lily might just discover he’s the one she needs!

His Unlikely Duchess

Money can buy her marriage

But will it lead to love?

Miss Lily Wilkins hopes her American money will compensate for her lack of etiquette, as she needs a prestigious marriage to save her sisters’ prospects. Raised to believe wealth was her greatest attribute, she’s stunned when her unconventional ways catch the eye of the notorious Duke of Lennox. He’s far from the safe, sensible match she’d planned on—but Lily might just discover he’s the one she needs! 

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unlikely-Duchess-Historical-Dollar-Duchesses-ebook/dp/B08Q7MS4H4/ 

US – https://www.amazon.com/Unlikely-Duchess-Dollar-Duchesses-Book-ebook/dp/B089YTPXSW/

 

Enjoy my q and a with Amanda McCabe!

What inspired you to write this book?
A: A long time ago, I read Consuelo Vanderbilt’s memoir, The Glitter and the Gold,
about her life as an heiress who married an English duke (and later divorced him,
and found true love with a French aviator!). I found out there were many of these
American girls who married titled Englishmen, and was fascinated about their lives
and experiences. Most of them didn’t end up as happy as Lily, I’m afraid, but they
had so many adventures!

What was your favorite part of creating the setting for the book?
A: Like everyone else, I wasn’t able to travel this year, but I do have scrapbooks of
past journeys, and beautiful places I’ve been able to visit! I loved creating the
English estates for this book out of actual houses I’ve been lucky enough to tour. It
felt like taking a virtual vacation!

What is your creative process for writing a book?
A: I like to let inspirations and characters percolate in my mind for a while before I
start to write them down! Then I feel like I know them a bit better, know their
motivations and quirks. I find inspiration in all sorts of things—paintings (especially
portraits!), places, nature, overheard snippets of conversation. Then I get out my
favorite pen, make a pot of tea, and start to see where that will take me.

How long did it take you to write this book once the idea popped into your mind?
A: I had actually wanted to do an “American heiress” story for quite a while, but it
took some time for the three Wilkins sisters and their dukes to come to me! I think
part of the inspiration comes from the fact that when I was young I wanted a sister (I
only had a brother, but my best friend in high school had 3 sisters!) and love that
sisterly dynamic. It would be nice to have that support if a woman was going to get
married and live in a foreign country, I think!

What was your favorite part of writing this novel?
A: The research! I loved looking at country houses and Worth gowns, and learning
more about Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) and his circle. I also loved watching
an independent American lady, and a man who never expected to be a duke, learn to
work together and make a life of love and happiness for themselves
What type of books do you read and do they inspire your writing?
A: I read lots of non-fiction (biographies and history) which definitely inspire me,
and help me to get into the “feeling” of a time period! I also love to read cozy
mysteries, historical fiction, anything that looks interesting

Do you ever get writers block when working on a book? How do you overcome that
obstacle?
A: I do sometimes, and it is Not Fun! I usually find that when I feel stuck, I’m trying
to make my characters do something they don’t want to do, or take a plot in a

direction that just isn’t right, and once I figure that out and adjust it “moves along”
again. Sometimes I just have to take a break for a few days, do some extra yoga
classes, take some extra walks, talk to friends. But I enjoy doing those things
anyway!!!

 

Author Bio – 

Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

 She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections. 

 When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook. 

 

Social Media Links – http://ammandamccabe.com

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https://twitter.com/AmandaMcCabe01 

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