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Connie Brockway: For years, readers have been asking me to write sequels to two of their favorite books, As You Desire and All Through the Night. Happily, they happen to be two of my favorites also, so the idea of revisiting the characters and settings has always been particularly appealing and always something I intended to do. After spending the last five years doing Regency romances, I’ve been starving to write something set outside the British Isles, something that would be both familiar and exotic. Turn-of-the-century Egypt fit the bill. Not only is it historically and culturally rich but a treasure trove of fun and fascinating minutiae (and I do love my minutiae)--bonus points for being peopled with intriguing historical figures from all over the world. And finally, that sort of milieu provides the opportunity to write a love story outside the mainstream of Polite Society, where the rules are different, the stakes are higher, the romance more exquisite.
Question: Since this is, as you mentioned, a departure from your Regency romances, what research did you do while writing the book to help you create the setting and characters?
Connie Brockway: Books. Dozens of nonfiction books. I read about Thomas Cook’s ship tours and the advent of all-inclusive cruising, Mark Twain’s journals about his trip to Egypt, histories of ancient Egypt and the Sudan, books about the French Foreign Legion and the life of Sir Eldon Gorst, and books about the birth of archeology and the establishment of Arabian horse bloodlines. And then there were the websites and the hyperlinks and...
Question: Is there any character you most identify with? Why?
Connie Brockway: Well, since I just finished cleaning up the house after the Easter extravaganza, I’d have to say the housemaid.
Question: How does The Other Guy’s Bride compare to your previous titles? What can readers expect?
Connie Brockway: I expect readers will find all the elements they’ve enjoyed in the past: engaging characters, irreverent humor, and sigh-provoking romance. But it will have a freshness and spark that comes out of my feeling less of a need to follow a proscribed romance blueprint.
Question: What other authors or books have influenced your writing?
Connie Brockway: Such a hard question! I read constantly in all sorts of genres, and it’s hard to pinpoint specific titles. But as far as romances go, I started out being drawn to the rich, detailed narrative styles of Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Dorothy Cannell’s mysteries, starting with The Thin Woman, gave me my first inkling that romance could be downright hilarious and still breathtaking. The unique, fully fleshed characters created by such authors as Pat Gaffney, Laura Kinsale, and the wonderful late Edith Layton have certainly inspired me to be equally conscientious in creating my own characterizations.
Question: Have you considered trying your hand at other genres?
Connie Brockway: I’ve already authored two books that crossed from contemporary romance into contemporary women’s fiction. I’m very intrigued about relationships outside of strictly romantic ones, how those bonds morph and develop throughout a lifetime, as well as community and family dynamics. Those books gave me the chance to indulge my curiosity. As for the future, I’m almost always in the middle of reading a mystery and hope to some day try my hand at historical mystery.
Interesting enough to keep me engaged but very predictable.Published 6 days ago by Susan K Hilliard
Really enjoyed the book, which surprised me. I guess I'd never read anything by this author before. Liked all the main and secondary characters. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Missouri Mom
The story line is an old one...you have 2 people that obviously have strong feelings for one another but their language and events surrounding their relationship constantly provide... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chuck Ashford
This is the fourth book I've read by Brockway, and it is just as great all the others. Though there are a few missteps in grammar, sentence structure, and just a few ways things... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clark Wayne
Brockway has created a unique romance with two great leading characters. The Egyptian setting and archeology side line are a nice change from the usual English aristocrat setting.Published 2 months ago by Jenny
her usual excellent flawed hero with the not so perfect heroine get together after several setbacks. a real gripping page turnerPublished 3 months ago by soiam63
For all you history lovers out there this book is for you! I don't mind a little history with my romance but this was way to much. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trish
This was not what I expected although a very good romance. A strong male character and female character, full of humor, misinterpretation's, and finally love.Published 3 months ago by ccoke1955