An Interview with Eileen Richards

Anhonorablewish_2What movie best describes your life?

This would be a combination of the You Tube Channel Southern Women Channel (Sh%t Southern Women Say) and Steel Magnolias without the tears.  I’m very southern; raised in South Carolina. How does a true southern girl write about Regency England? I don’t know. I just hope that the twang doesn’t bleed through.

Where do you get ideas for your stories?

Good question. Stories just come to me. Some work and some don’t. Some, like the current series, A Lady’s Wish, were inspired by family interactions. I’m fascinated by the relationships between people, especially relatives. You can pick your friends, but not your family. These make the most interesting relationships.

Give us an elevator speech for your current release.

Can a gambler give up the game if it means keeping the woman he loves? Can a young woman sacrifice her security for the man she loves? This is a story about the affects of gambling addiction.

Please tell our readers about your book.

An Honorable Wish is about two friends who fall in love. Tony Matthews is searching for something to change his life.  He knows he needs to change. His feelings for Juliet are the impetus for that change. Juliet Townsend is so in love with Tony but is afraid to commit given his gambling addition. She doubts that he can give it up and she won’t spend the rest of her life worrying about whether he’ll gamble away everything they have.

Tell us about your hero.

Tony Matthews is the younger brother of Nathaniel Matthews from An Unexpected Wish. He’s cute. He’s charming. He is easily swayed. He is the kind of guy who can be your best friend; the life of the party. But there is a deeper side of Tony. He is always trying to meet his brother’s expectations. He’s also trying to keep up with Society’s expectations. It is by gambling that he keeps up with Nathaniel’s expectations as well as Society. Gaming was everywhere. Men of all classes met at the tables at balls,  supper and cards, and of course gaming hells.  When the story opens, he has just done something he didn’t think he was capable of: ruin a man’s life by winning his estate. He has done to another man what was done to his father. It’s like a wake up call.

Tell us about your heroine. Juliet Townsend is the youngest of the three sisters. In this story she is twenty-two and has suffered through two disasterous seasons. She hates London. She hates balls. She is happiest with a book. In fact, she can learn anything with a book. She also has the biggest crush on Tony Matthews. She has since he started calling on her sister, Sophia. Now he seems to be interested in her, but she’s afraid. She is afraid it isn’t real. She’s afraid that Tony’s gambling will leave her stranded with nothing and unable to do anything about it.

What genres are you drawn to as a reader?

I love historical romance. It was what first drew me into writing it. But I also like contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical fiction, biographies and history books. I love to read, can you tell?

Who are your critique partners?

I have a critique partner who writes so much better than I do. Erica Monroe writes historical romantic suspense. Her books are real, gritty, and amazing. She really helps me reach in deep for those emotional moments.  I feel like I don’t bring much to the table with her. She’s so damn good and I’ve learned so much from her.

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Tony Matthews spends his time in London’s most notorious gambling dens, frittering away his fortune. But when his latest victory leaves a man ruined, Tony knows he’s reached his lowest point. Determined to make amends, he returns home to his family’s country estate with plans to settle down and marry at last. And he hopes the lovely Juliet Townsend will help him—if only he can keep his disgrace a secret.

Juliet’s secret wish has always been for Tony to love her. The only bright spot in her dreadful London season was dancing with him—before he disappeared to the card rooms. Now, he’s returned, but has he truly changed? Or will gambling always be his mistress, even if she becomes his wife? And does Juliet dare risk her heart by finding out?

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eileen-richards-authorAuthor Bio

Eileen Richards has been writing for most of her life. Poetry, totally inappropriate answers to essay questions in school, and interesting error codes during her 30 year IT career has prepared her for the manic world of publishing.

She writes sassy regency romps set in the small villages of England where the rules are bent a bit and gossip rules the day.

Eileen resides with her husband and their diva of a greyhound in North Carolina.

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