MEREDITH DURAN grew up enamored of British history. At thirteen years old, she made a list of life goals that included writing romance novels, trying sushi, and going to London to see Holbein's portrait of Anne Boleyn. Now a doctoral student in anthropology, she is happy to report that all three goals have become her favorite things to do. When not studying, doing fieldwork in India, or working on her next novel, Meredith can be found in the library, browsing through travelogues written by intrepid Englishwomen of the nineteenth century.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What’s next for you?
- My next release, in early 2014, is the story of Olivia Mather and Alastair de Grey, the Duke of Marwick (both of whom were last seen in That Scandalous Summer). Here’s a brief taste, from the early cover copy:
Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits - and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family's past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She'll clean his study and rifle through his papers to boot.
Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance. More beautiful than Lucifer, twice as feared, and thrice as cunning, he'll use any weapon to punish those who fooled and betrayed him - even an impertinent maid who doesn't know her place. But as the uppity redhead slowly awakens his frozen heart, his carefully designed plot grows ever more dangerous. For the one contingency he forgot to plan for was love... and he cannot survive being fooled again.
- Are any of your books connected?
- Yes! See above! Your Wicked Heart (an e-novella released in December 2012) kicks off a new series, The Rules for the Reckless, which will continue in February 2013 with the first full-length novel in the series, That Scandalous Summer. Also, two other books are related: the events in Bound by Your Touch and Written on Your Skin take place simultaneously. While ostensibly this means that you can read them in whichever order you prefer, some readers have told me that it’s better to read Bound by Your Touch first. Since I wrote BBYT first, that makes sense to me!
- How did you get published?
- Through an extremely rare and peculiar confluence of celestially-timed events. Or, put more plainly: dumb luck. My path to publication was quite unusual. You can read more about it in a piece I wrote for Dear Author.
- Do you have any advice for me about how I might get published?
- The answer to the last question goes far in explaining why I feel I am one of the least qualified published writers to dispense advice to writers seeking publication! But I do know of some amazing resources for folks with aspirations to publication. No matter what kind of book you write, the Absolute Write forums are an extraordinary resource. If you write young adult fiction, the Verla Kay boards are wonderful (and fun to lurk at even if you don’t write YA. Ahem). Last but definitely not least, if you write romance, you should become a member of Romance Writers of America. Chances are, there’s an RWA chapter near you, full of your future friends and fellow romance readers and writers.
- Where do you get your ideas?
- I adore reading books on social history. (To wit: on my desk right now is Amanda Vickery’s latest book about Georgian England.) Also of interest: old memoirs, published diaries, ancient yellowing Baedekers travel guides... you name it, if it’s a book about how people lived and dressed and traveled and spoke more than one hundred years ago, I’ll eagerly snatch it up and retreat to a corner for the next four hours. These books yield details that sometimes spring into full-fledged plots.
Less heroically, there’s also my penchant for very cheesy pop music. To be perfectly serious, I owe several of my ideas to the Top 40! The acknowledgments for Wicked Becomes You really should have included Pink, for her immortal classic, “So What?”