Regan Walker (www.reganwalkerauthor.com) has just released “The Holly & the Thistle,” a love story between a beautiful young English widow and a wealthy Scottish shipbuilder set against the celebration of Christmas in Regency England. Walker says that the idea for the story came to her when her publisher requested a piece for Christmas. “She told me about this amazing wine shop in London that has been in the same location since the 17th century, Berry Bros. & Rudd. I thought how fun to begin my story in the wine shop, but in 1818, just before Christmas.”
Because Walker writes historical romance, she tries to stay focused on telling stories that “. . .speak to people’s hearts, particularly the hearts of women.” In “The Holly & the Thistle” a chance meeting at Berry’s wine shop, a misunderstanding and Christmastide all come together to allow the most handsome Scot in London to give Lady Emily Picton the best Christmas gift she’s ever had: a marriage not of convenience, but of love.
A California girl, Walker was a lawyer until she recently rediscovered her love for writing fiction. She said that her extensive travels have given her, “. . .a feel for the demands of the ‘Crown’ on its subjects.” As a result, she decided to try her hand at historical romance and, not surprisingly, her first novels are all about a demanding Prince Regent who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool.
Walker has some distinct feelings about what she likes to read and write. “My readers can count on me for a strong heroine and a stronger hero and real history woven into my love story adventures. I write what I like to read…stories that sweep me away.”
One of the things that fascinate those that don’t write is how a writer’s creative process works. In Walker’s case she said, “Usually I start with an idea, a scene or a character. For my first novel, “Racing with the Wind,” it was the character Lady Mary Campbell. It seems to me that women in past times were no different in character, hopes and dreams than women are today.”
Walker went on to add, “There have always been women who are happy to conform to the expectations of their times and there have always been women who did not. Perhaps because of their intelligence and curiosity, those who do not conform become bored with the role carved out for their sex and so they push the envelope of what is acceptable. I wanted to take a woman like that and look at her through the lens of Regency England.”
Learn more about Regan Walker on her website at www.reganwalkerauthor.com.
Terry Ambrose (terryambrose.com) is a mystery author with an interest in scams and cons. Find his suspense.writer page on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. His debut mystery (available on Amazon.com) features a hot Honolulu con and trouble in paradise almost too hot to handle.