Author Interview: ‘Worth Waiting For’ by Matilda Madison

About the Book:

Betrayed by his wife five years earlier, Edward Powell, the Earl of Canton is furious. Penelope Powell is out to hurt him once more. Only this time, he won’t stand for it and he intends to teach her a lesson for her wicked deeds.

Penelope is shocked to learn that her husband has come to Scotland to confront her, although not nearly as surprised as he is. For five long years, Penelope has kept a secret, a child, from Edward and knowing her husband, he won’t soon forgive her for such treachery.

Now reunited in London, Edward demands that Penelope be a perfect example of what a lady should be, while he extracts a more intimate revenge in the bedroom. Will Penelope be able to meet Edward’s demands? Or will she lose herself to him just as she did all those years ago?

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve been writing for about fifteen years now and it’s started out as a sort of therapy for me. I would try to work out my issues vicariously through my characters. This led to dozens of stories and piles of notebooks. Eventually I realized that I was no longer writing to deal with my personal situations, but because I had fallen in love with the world I had built and the characters that had problems all their own. I love writing and as much as I can get frustrated with re-writes and submissions and all that jazz, I always find my way back to my stories.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I like to write in the early morning and late evening. I try to write at least 2,000 words a day which isn’t always achievable, but it’s easier for me to write while it’s dark out. If the sun is shining, I can get distracted, which is why I tend to write most of my stories during the winter months. 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

All over. I could be in a car, looking out a window and daydream up a story about a chase scene. I can see an old couple eating dinner at a restaurant and imagine an entire history about them. I have an over active imagination that would probably have gotten me into a bunch of trouble if I didn’t focus it towards my writing. I also think I love life so much that I want to live a thousand lives and so I dream up all sorts of situations. 

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I used to be a pantser, which is a term I just learned about actually. It means a writer who writes by the ‘seat of their pants’, meaning I used to just sit down with an idea and start. I had a lot of trouble finishing my stories like this though, so now I’ll write a synopsis first when I get an idea. If I like it after a day or so, I’ll write a chapter outline. If that sounds good, I’ll start to flesh out my character analysis and then I’ll get to writing. A little foundation work goes a long way for me.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Historical romance! I’ve loved them for years, but was embarrassed about them for a long time. I started reading them when I was fourteen and listened, foolishly, to people who called them trashy and believed that I should be reading more important things. Of course, it didn’t stop me from buying them and they were a guilty pleasure for a long time. Ultimately though, it didn’t make sense that I was writing stories that didn’t emulate what I was reading. So, I wrote a few historical novellas and while I didn’t have much success with them, I adored them. I found it liberating to write historical romance and eventually I stopped caring what people would think and decided to embrace it. I haven’t looked back since.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Literally anyone Shonda Rimes wanted!

Honestly, I’ve always had a tough time imagining my characters because I often just dream up people. Edward is difficult to pin down but I will admit I thought a lot about Luke Evans while writing him. I think Penelope could be played by Sydney Sweeney from Euphoria.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read a lot. Mostly historical romance, but also practical nonfictions, like ‘Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey’ by James Rebanks. So, it could be considered and odd pool of authors that I read.  My favorite author is a very obvious answer, the queen of historical romance, Lisa Kleypas.  While I’ve read hundreds of historical romance authors, her books are the gold standard for me and her writing style is unmatched in my opinion. She can create an atmosphere that is so well detailed that the scenes just appear in my head and I’m always left amazed after reading and re-reading her books.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished ‘The Indifferent Stars Above’ by Daniel James Brown. It’s a historical nonfiction about the Donner party and it was both haunting and fascinating. Often times I’ll break my historical romance streaks with harrowing stories of human adventure. Historical accounts about shipwrecks, mountain climbing and wilderness survivals stories captivate me. I’m about to get back on the historical romance train though and I’m going to read ‘Angel in the Devil’s Arms’ by Julie Anne Long and I’m very excited about it!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The hardest question in the world! My go to answer is ‘The Hobbit’, only because it was one of my first loves and I tend to read it once a year. Really though I have about a hundred favorite books and couldn’t begin to name them all.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I think if you write, you are a writer, whether it’s poetry or children’s books or novellas or novels. But if you want to be successful at it, I think you have to write a little every day. No one wakes up, having never written a day in their life with a brilliant story, writes one draft and becomes a success. It’s a craft and needs to be practiced and the more your practice the better you get which always makes me wildly happy after I finish a manuscript. Because I know it was better then my last and I know my next one will be better still.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

I’m on most social media sites and I check all of them fairly regularly. I’m not terribly hard to find, a Google search should do it, but here are my Website, Twitter and Instagram.

Website: www.matildamadison.com

Twitter: @madison_books

Instagram: www.instagram.com/matildamadisonbooks

About the Author:

Matilda Madison aka Melinda Michaels lives in Pennsylvania. A lover of history, she finds an immense amount of joy in knowing useless facts, exploring historical places and drinking copious amounts of tea. When she’s not writing she can be found researching obscured time periods for her books or her own amusement, refurbishing old furniture and baking.

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