I remember clearly the day I had the germ of an idea for the story that became Miss Foster’s Folly. It was a Saturday morning in June of 2009. Someone asked about how to think up a hook for a historical romance, and I blurted out “A wealthy American spinster decides to sleep her way across Europe.”
The idea went over so well, I decided to write the book, but first I needed a heroine.
It would take quite a woman – a virgin, no less – to decide to do something like cross an ocean in order to take lovers in several different countries. In the 19th century, she’d have to be someone who’d spit in society’s eye if it tried to tell her what to do. She’d be unconventional and fearless. She’d also have no idea what she was doing. Juliet Foster came to life in my mind.
Of course, I couldn’t really send an innocent out into a world where she might be exploited or worse. I needed someone as strong as she was and equally determined to keep her for himself. Enter David Winslow, the Marquis of Derrington. He needs a marchioness and an heir, and the moment he lays eyes on Miss Foster, he realizes she’s the woman for him. Now, his only challenge is to convince her to marry him.
Juliet’s interested in a casual affair. Winslow’s interested in ’til-death-do-us-part. They both pursue their goals with a singleness of purpose that made my work as an author pure pleasure.
This story wrote itself in my head. At times, it felt as if each of the characters were using me to win a battle over the other. Juliet and Derrington did most of the work for me. But they’re rich, so I’ll keep the money for myself.
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