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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.
"Brimming with wonderfully dry wit, infused with lush sensuality, packed with action and adventure, Brockway's spin-off of her popular As You Desire (1997) features one of the best romantic match-ups since Hepburn and Bogart verbally duked it out on the African Queen. The title that launched Amazon's Montlake Romance line, this is simply sublime." --Booklist Starred ReviewSee all Editorial Reviews
Good fast read. The story of finding treasure added to the book. I recommend this to all who like fast romantic stories.Published 8 days ago by Patti Trautwein
I found the descriptive prose to be a little long. The story was good but felt rushed at the end like the author was writing away and suddenly realize they needed to end it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sandy M
Not a bad story! US, UK, and Egypt all rolled into one, and it worked very well. There were a couple cheesy moments, but the overall solid build of the characters and the story... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I picked the title of my review with all respect. This book was a super wonderful surprise, I absolutely loved it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tnugget1001
This story has it all: a skilled writer, a great plot, marvelous characters, and great romance. I can't imagine anyone not loving it! Just fabulous.Published 6 months ago by Sue
A few minor issues, but over all I enjoyed the story. I was a little nonplussed by the heroine's reasoning for her reaction to the hero's proposal - didn't really sympathize with... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jennifer L. Johnson
Exciting, well researched with some of the best written romantic dialogs I've ever read. And reread... Simply one of my favorites this decade. Read morePublished 7 months ago by sinnerarity
I found this book funny, full of surprises and romantic. Plus it gave a look of how true love wins out after all.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer