Recently, I was asked how I came up with the idea for the Regency Redemption Series.
It came to me like all my stories, as a movie reel in my mind. For the first book, I saw a man coming back after being gone for quite a while and his wife being none too happy to see him. I knew the hero would have had to have treated the heroine terribly for her to be so unexcited at his return.
That was easy enough.
The difficult part was making his story, his experience while away, horrible enough to make him a different man. As with most of my stories, I tried to think of the worst case scenario the man could’ve gone through. I couldn’t imagine anything worse than a titled man waking on a prison ship and mistakenly, unjustifiably, treated like a criminal.
That’s how the idea for the series began. For the longest time I thought the name of the first book would be The Viscount’s Return, it told exactly what was happening. But to fit the series, I renamed it Claiming Lady Brinton.
As I wrote the story, I considered just writing it, and no other books, but soon the hero’s brother came on the page…as did the heroine’s brother…and I knew they each needed their stories told. Then a friend of theirs kept yanking my focus, and he ended up as the hero of the short story.
I do hope you enjoy reading the Regency Redemption Series as much as I enjoyed writing it!