Jennifer Delamere: The Writer & her Book (with giveaway)

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Introducing novelist, Jennifer Delamere, and The Captain’s Daughter, the first book in her London Beginnings trilogy. Jennifer talks about her childhood, Kara Isaac, and choosing the name of her hero. Be sure to enter the giveaway below!

 

The Writer

Please describe yourself in three words (ask your best friend or family if you are struggling!)

Hmmm…I’m going to go with friendly, earnest, and independent.

What’s your favourite season, and why?

I love autumn. I love to see the colours change, to feel a breath of coolness in the air after a hot summer. It’s the best time of the year for hiking, which is one of my favourite things to do.

What is the best part of your day?

At the end of the day, thinking over the events of the day – rejoicing if I’ve accomplished my goals (including the fun ones), or, if I haven’t, letting go of disappointments and looking forward to a fresh start tomorrow.

What do you miss most about your childhood?

All those days with seemingly endless hours to fill! (Although I have to say that even then, I never went to my mum and said, “I’m bored!” Not with so many great books out there to read!) Now, of course, the problem is how to squeeze everything I want to do into the hours available. Recently, I worked a 22-hour day in order to meet three converging and immoveable deadlines. I don’t recommend making a habit of it. 😉

Which TV talk show host would you like to be interviewed by? Why?

Craig Ferguson! Because he is so clever and hilarious, and I know it would be a blast—even though I am terrible at coming up with snappy responses off the cuff. He would make the experience fun.

You are at a fruit market – what do you reach for first?

I am a fairly eclectic and adventurous eater. I’d reach for whatever looked most fresh, in season, and appealing.

What was the first Christian Fiction novel you read?

I believe it was Deeanne Gist’s “A Bride Most Begrudging”. I love how well-researched her books are, and the touches of humour as well.

What is one author and/or book you always recommend?

I love the romantic suspense novels of Mary Stewart. She pretty much invented the genre. In addition to gripping storylines filled with danger and suspense, they are also romantic and filled with lush, detailed descriptions of the countries where they take place. I discovered these books in high school, and they surely bred my desire to travel to France, England, and Greece. (Still working on getting to Greece!) My personal favourites are “Nine Coaches Waiting,” “Madam, Will You Talk?” and “This Rough Magic”.

What book character has stuck in your mind from a book you have read this year?

I would have to say it’s Allison Shire from “Close to You” by Kara Isaac. She is smart, funny, and vulnerable, and perhaps a bit damaged after some of the things she’s gone through. And yet she also manages to make a career out of her passion. She holds her ground, even when faced with a hero who short-circuits her best defences. And when she finally gets her Happy Ever After, it is very satisfying. [Bonus is that Allison is a New Zealander and the book takes place there—which, along with Australia, is high on my bucket list of places to visit!]

I’m very pleased to hear that, Jennifer! Come on down :)

The Book

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Warm-Hearted Victorian Romance Brings 1880s London to Life

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

What was the working title?

It’s rare for a book to keep its title all the way to publication, but this one has always been “The Captain’s Daughter.” Perhaps because it is so integral to the story, which takes place backstage at the original production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “HMS Pinafore.” The title is a reference to a lyric in the show, as well as a nod to the heroine’s background.

Describe your book in 5 adjectives

Exciting! Well-researched! Absorbing! Heart-warming!  [Wait, is that four or six…?  Thankfully, the book itself is not overloaded with exclamation marks..!]

Which character took you by surprise?

That would be Mary Moran, the sister of the book’s hero. At seventeen, she is clever, book-smart, and appealingly self-assured in a way that only young people can be. I hope to write her story someday as well.

What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

In my case, the better question is “how early”! My writing brain will not function after midnight. But there were many days when I got up at 3 a.m. to write—especially as I got closer to the book deadline.

Which character’s name was the hardest to choose? Why?

I put the most thought and research into Nate Moran, the book’s hero. I wanted his family name to plausibly fit the part of Ireland his family was from and to reflect their history. I even ran some names by an Irish friend of mine. Although I never get to spell this out in detail in the book, I did develop quite a back story for the Morans, reaching back to the Irish famine in the 1840s and further still to the Napoleonic wars of the early 1800s. Perhaps one day I’ll get to write that story too!

What’s something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

A scene where the heroine, Rosalyn Bernay, learns to perform the aria “Poor Wand’ring One” from “The Pirates of Penzance.” The aria is both a tour de force for the performer and also very funny when done well. I had great fun writing it, but alas, it had to be cut.

Thanks Jennifer!

Jennifer Delamere writes tales of the past…and new beginnings. Her novels set in Victorian England have won numerous accolades, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly and finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award. Jennifer earned a B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and has been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades. She loves reading classics and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books. A longtime resident of North Carolina, Jennifer can often be found hiking the mountains with her husband or planning their next travel adventure.

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32 Responses to Jennifer Delamere: The Writer & her Book (with giveaway)

  1. A fun interview! Thank you for having me on your blog today!

  2. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I love reading debuts. Sadly I am unfamiliar with Gilbert and Sullivan’s music so maybe I will learn something new.

  3. great interview. this sounds like a wonderful book. no unfortunately I do not know who they are. will have to go and look them up.

  4. What a fun interview! Jennifer is a new-to-me author. I enjoyed getting to know more about her and her books.

    I would have to say my favorite G & S musical is The Pirates of Penzance, although I’m not well-acquainted with all their musicals.

  5. I think I saw the Pirates of Penzance back in college but don’t really remember it=(

  6. I’ve never seen any Gilbert and Sullivan shows, but after doing some Googling, I discovered that Sullivan wrote (cowrote?) Onward Christian Soldiers, a hymn that I do know! 😉

  7. Our family loves watching musicals, both on DVD and live. A highlight for us was watching “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway in October. Amazing set and costumes and actors!

    We’ve seen HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance. There’s a local(ish) highschool that puts on a musical every spring and we try to always take them in. They do a wonderful job.

  8. Don’t have a favorite. It’s been too long since I’ve seen a musical. Guess I need to remedy that! Thanks for the interview. It was fun!

  9. No, I do not. It looks I need to do some research!

  10. No don’t have a fav, but do enjoy them.

  11. No favorite.

  12. I looked them up, but I don’t think I am familiar with any of their works. Now I better go see what I am missing!

  13. I have no idea who that is so no favorite. :-)

    I’ve enjoyed An Heiress at Heart and A Lady Most Lovely. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  14. I have never heard of Gilbert & Sullivan!

    Great author interview & giveaway chance! Thanks Rel :-)

  15. Rachael Merritt

    Would love a chance to read this one.

    I am not at all familiar with their music, so no favorite.

  16. I’m not familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan musicals or I’m not aware that they are by Gilbert and Sullivan. Enjoyed the description of the book and i really like the cover. Would love to read.

  17. Your site is awesome! I am definitely buying The Captain’s Daughter.
    I have never a Hilbe rt and Sullivan musical. I’m more a Rogers and Hammerstein girl myself.

  18. I am not familiar with Gilbert & Sullivan, but sO just read from a comment above that Sullivan wrote “Onward Christian Soldiers.” that is a hymn my church has sung for YEARS, and one that I enjoy (:

  19. I have heard of Gilbert and Sullivan but don’t remember if I’ve seen any of their work. I do know there song Onward Christian Soldiers. Thank you.

  20. I don’t have a favorite Gilbert and Sullivan musical, but I do like some of the music.

  21. I’ve not heard of Gilbert and Sullivan. REL, thank you for the wonderful interview with Jennifer. I’m excited to read this series!

  22. Did Gilbert and Sullivan do the song Three Little Maids? If so I like the song but other then a few play titles I don’t know there work that well.

  23. I have never attended one of their musicals but was just reading in more detail online re their background.

  24. I’ve known of Gilbert & Sullivan but I don’t know much about their music. I do know that a movie was made based on their operations The Mikado.
    Thanks for this post and giveaway.

  25. No. I am very interested in reading this book! Jennifer Delamare is a new author for me and I am excited to dive into her new book!! :-)

  26. Great interview! I do not have a favorite G&S piece. I look forward to reading the book!

  27. Unfamiliar with those musicals.

  28. I saw The Pirates of Penzance as a high school play and it was awesome! Thanks for the wonderful interview! It was fun getting to know Jennifer and hearing the background of her new book, The Captain’s Daughter. It sounds like such an amazing story and I can’t wait to read it!!! Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!

    • P.S. My post is dated June 29, but I posted it on June 28th. Weird… I hope I can still be included in the giveaway! Thank you!

  29. I would like to read the book!

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