Welcome to the blog, Jess! Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
Thank you for the invitation. My book's a historical romance and adventure about the heroine Marie Woodell as she seeks to track down the fortune her mother hid many years earlier. She finds herself having to marry a ship Captain who has broken her trust before just to beat the man that killed her mother to her destination.
What led you to write this book?
I wanted to attempt blending Jane Austen's style of telling a historical romance from just the heroine's point of view with an action and adventure and was inspired by a good friend of mine who reminded me of an old fashioned ship's Captain to set the book in the Caribbean.
Your novel is set in the Caribbean during the 1800’s. What is the most interesting fact you learned about this time and region?
I really learned quite a lot while researching the book but my favorite fact was that pieces of eight really existed as Spanish doubloons cut and broken into eight parts. Spanish doubloons were then 4 to the dollar. Pieces of eight always seemed like a fictional currency, but they were really just a 1/32 of a dollar.
I find it interesting that Marie marries out of convenience even though she doesn’t trust the man. How do you develop relationships between your characters?
To some degree I don't develop relationships between the characters. I always aim to have characters very well formed in my head before I begin. I then just follow the plot, putting my characters in conflict and adventure and letting the romance build all by itself. I find this way the relationships grow much more naturally than they can occasionally do in pure romance novels.
I've always got a fair idea of who the romance is likely to build with when starting the plot outline, but I find when I actually settle down to write a book my romances can change depending on the book’s focus in certain places. Sometimes relationships take longer to evolve, while at other times they can be quicker.
What is your best advice on writing?
To keep writing and to not worry about anything else. If you are passionate about it and take the time to learn the craft, it can really be quite rewarding.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Jess!
When I'm not busy running my film company in Bath, England, I'm working on another historical fiction novel set in a similar period and two graphic novels.
Jess Mountifield can be found on her website and on Twitter as JessMountifield.
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