Secret Quill is pround to present this months author:
Brita Addams, author of The Sapphire Club series, Romeo Club series,
Love Immortal, and other Regency stories.
I'm Brita Addams and I write (mostly) historical
Regency romances, both sensual and erotic. In 2010, my debut book,
Serenity's Dream, the first in the Sapphire Club series, was nominated
as Book of the Year at Love Romance Café.
also written contemporary romances and pure erotica. My erotica
m/m short, Romeo Club #1: Surprises, was nominated as Best Erotica
Book in 2011 at Love Romances Cafe.
Over time, I suppose I'll write in other genres, but
now I'm happy writing both het and gay fiction, historicals and
some contemporaries. I write because I have to write, it's part
of who I am. I spent many years putting off serious writing and
now I'm in completely. I write everyday of the week, and have had
14 books published.
I live in Southern Louisiana, about two and
a half hours from New Orleans. I live with my husband and youngest
daughter and the house is run quite efficiently cat, Stormee and
our puppy, Fiona.
1.) Why did you start writing Regency erotica
and romance stories?
Just a slight correction. I don't write Regency erotica,
but erotic romance. For me, there is a great difference. I write
about romance and the erotic aspects of my characters. However,
the story is the main focus of everything I write.
Erotica, in my estimation, focuses more on the sex
and much less on the story. That's my thought at any rate.
Now, I started writing Regency romance because of
my love of history and for historical romance. The Regency period
was unique in that it lasted only from 1811 to 1820 and was a time
of strict social mores on one hand while the Prince Regent himself
was a debauched man. It seems quite a paradox.
The Regency has a romance about it like no other period
I've read. I love creating characters, subject to the rules of their
time, and yet, have them act out on their instincts. The formality
of the time and human nature combine to bring about interesting
2.) Are you a dog or cat person?
I have a very old, cranky orange tabby named Stormee
and a puppy named Fiona, so you can put me down for both, as long
as they are those two. Fiona is a Maltipoo, adorable and very loving.
I've never had a four-legged child like her. Stormee spends his
day trying to avoid Fiona and it keeps us quite entertained.
3.) What is the first story you ever wrote?
I presume you don't mean the story I wrote many years
ago, while still in school. ? The first story I wrote in the romance
genre was the story that has just been released, Demands of the
Heart. I wrote it, then moved on, leaving it to sit on my hard drive
for several years. See below for the blurb and link to an excerpt.
I do love the story and the characters and as I had
time, I rewrote it, using the writing tools I'd learned from my
editors along the way. I'm very pleased with this story and I hope
the readers will feel the same.
4.) Where do get inspirations to create your characters?
Easily, everywhere. A character in a movie or a story
I hear or read about will spark an idea for a certain character.
In the case of Lucien Damrill in Serenity's Dream, I used my love
of Clark Gable to fashion Lucien's demeanor and personality. In
Lord Decadent's Obsession, Tyrone Power became the inspiration for
While Gone with the Wind was on my mind, I chose
Vivian Leigh as my Serenity, for her feistiness and her sass.
5.) Which kind of background research do you
I read, a lot. I write historicals because I love
them for the historical quality, not as costume drama. I have many
period sites I consult for different facts about the period, dress,
customs, food, weather and anything else you might think about.
6.) Which are your favourite authors in the Victorian/ Regency
I love Lisa Kleypas and Mary Balogh with a passion.
They have written two of the most memorable characters in my reading.
Lisa wrote Westcliff, from It Happened One Autumn, and exquisite
alpha male. Mary wrote Sydnam Butler in Simply Love. Sydnam is physically
damaged from his war service and has relegated himself to a solitary
life. Wonderful character.
For male/male, I love Ava March. She captures the
period I love so much.
Mr Wickham or Mr Darcy?
Mr. Darcy, of course.
8.) When do you like to write?
I write from morning to late afternoon, dinnertime
usually. My family has an odd schedule, most times my husband and
daughter go to bed about the time I get up, so it's very quiet and
gives me long hours to research and/or write.
My husband cooks dinner and we sit down to watch our
favorite TV shows about 5 and we all spend the evening together.
9.) Which book are you reading now?
I'm reading a new to me author, Tamara Allen, her
book The Only Gold. How I've not discovered Ms. Allen, I don't know,
but I'm stocking up on her work.
I'm also reading tons of Anne Brooke's work. Just
love her as well.
In between, I'm reading tons of research books on
10.) What are you writing about right now and when can we expect
the next book release?
Right now, I'm working on an old manuscript, rewriting
the story and beefing up characters. It has a terrible working title
and, so far, no acceptable title in sight. So goes the glorious
world of writing. It's a het Regency, with a story that has several
twists and turns. I have no publisher for this one yet, but I'll
submit it when it it's ready.
I've submitted an historical, For Men Like Us, and
at this writing, I'm waiting to hear if it's been accepted for publication.
I'm also working on a story set in old Hollywood.
I'm very excited about it. The research alone has been so much fun,
though the story will be a rather serious one. It will trace the
life of a young gay actor over the course of twenty to twenty-five
years, at a time when being gay in Hollywood was, shall we say,
I've also been asked by Damon Suede to contribute
to the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's Gaytime Drama, Boxer Falls.
I'm very excited to be a part of it, and I think my episode will
be out in March.
I stay busy and I'm sure there will be tons of other things going
My new release, Demands of the Heart, is a het Regency romance.
Here's the blurb:
In 1807, idealistic Richard Fanshaw and Victoria Bramhill are consumed
with each other, their young love blooming amidst a series of carefree
soirees and stolen moments.
But jealousy and greed turn what they have into something ugly and
twisted. They're wrenched apart amid vile lies and deceit when Victoria's
freedom is bought to pay her father's debts.
Six years later, Victoria is widowed and a cynical Richard has just
returned to England after years in India. Having been given the
impression that Victoria's marriage was a happy one, a chance meeting
renews Richard's anger over Victoria's betrayal and sets in motion
a plan for revenge.
One must answer the demands of the heart.
If you like to read an excerpt and purchase Demands of the Heart...
(Release date: the 20th of February)