HarperCollins invited me to be part of Kim Izzo’s Blog Tour! Here are some questions she answered!
The theme of love and its highs and lows are clearly set in The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, do you yourself believe that marrying for love is the only way to go? Or do you believe women can marry for financial reasons? Why or why not.
I think that women of a certain age marry for different reasons than younger women do. A woman over 40 or even 50 may list financial stability as one of her main concerns because she knows that her earning potential and that of her future husband is lessened (for many reasons) and being old and penniless is scary! I’m not even talking millions either, just not wanting to worry about making ends meet all the time. However, I don’t think marrying solely for money is something I’d ever do or advocate, though I’ve known women who have, but I think you need to balance your needs. I think the old saying the first marriage is for love, the second is for companionship is probably about right. You still want love but as you mature that word takes on many meanings!
Explain how you came up with the plot of The Jane Austen Marriage Manual.
I had turned 40 and felt that I wasn’t where I wanted to be in my life: career, relationship, financially and I joked with my friends if I was too old to marry for money. It seemed like a fun idea and I just went about plotting a story that had a fantasy element to it, one that I could picture happening, if for no other reason than to cheer myself up!
Kate has such a supportive group of best friends, do you think Kate’s friendships influenced her decision about love?
I think Kate strikes a fairly independent chord. She sees her friends as having these traditional relationships, something she rejected her whole life, but she knows there a romance out there with her unconventional spin on it. And she was right!
What inspires you to write?
In general? It’s always something I’ve wanted to do. I have many stories in my head that need to get down on paper, no matter if they’re read by others or not. I get inspiration for specific stories from film and events around me, my own life, people I meet etc. Day to day I make myself write even if I’m not inspired that moment! It’s the only way to finish a book!
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m hard at work on my second novel. A romance but this time with a fantasy, almost mystery element to it.