Thursday, April 4, 2013

TBR welcomes Amylynn Bright

TBR: Welcome to TBR, Amylynn. Will you share a little bit about yourself?
Amylynn: I’m your average writer/mom/full-time employee who never sleeps and has imaginary characters in her head. I write a ridiculous blog with my sister about a bunch of nonsense that’s bound to get us in trouble with the FBI eventually. You can find us at

TBR: Tell us about LADY BELLING'S SECRET and where it's available.
Amylynn: Lady Belling’s Secret is a Regency Romantic Comedy. It’s a first in a trilogy – the second is due out in May. You can buy Lady Belling’s Secret at -

TBR: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Francesca Belling is torn between two worlds—her past infatuation with her brother’s best friend and her future obligations. She never intended to end up in the bed of her longtime crush, Thomas Wallingham but that’s exactly where she finds herself.

Unfortunately, mail is slow during a war. She thought he knew everything. He had never suspected.

Thomas has always wanted to be a part of the Belling’s family but he was too foolish to grab the chance when she threw herself at him before. Instead, he ran off to war.  Emboldened by his new-found appreciation for a grown-up Francesca, he finds that dream is within his reach.
If she thinks he’s running away this time, she has no idea what she’s in for.

TBR: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Amylynn: I used to be a pantser but then I realized I would write 80,000 words and nothing much would happen. So I created a hybrid – a plotser. I basically just construct a road map on a poster board with arrows so I know where I have to end up. Eventually it becomes unintelligible with sticky notes tacked all over it and random arrows heading off on tangents but, sooner or later, it all comes together.

TBR: How do you develop your characters?
Amylynn: You know, characters are funny people. You think you know who they are when you start and it turns out they have all kinds of ideas of their own. They seem to sort of evolve organically. For example, the spurned lover of Lady Belling’s Secret ended up being the hero of my second book due in May. I honestly had no idea how much I’d love Lord Dalton by the end of book one.

TBR: Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Amylynn: I think I’d invite the whole cast of characters. They have some fabulous dinner parties.

TBR: What's next for you?
Amylynn: I fell in love with the spurned fiancé in Lady Belling’s Secret, so book two gives Lord Dalton the love affair he was destined for. It’s very exciting – Miss Goldsleigh’s Secret. There are guns and villains and a daring rescue.

TBR: Any other published works?
Amylynn: I have a rollicking fun pirate story called The Sea Rose featuring the great aunt and uncle of Thomas, Lord Harrington.  It’s free April 1-5 at Amazon. Go grab it.

TBR: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Amylynn: Finding the time. I have a regular soul sucking job, two children, a husband, two cats and two dogs. It turns out I don’t sleep much.

TBR: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Amylynn: The whole reason I write romance, and certainly Regency, is Julia Quinn. I adore the Bridgerton series. Also Jennifer Ashley’s MacKenzie series. I think The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie is the best romance novel ever written. Ms Ashley has taken the most unlikely hero EVER and makes you fall in love with him. Ms. Ashley and I see each other a couple of times a year and I go all fan girl on her every single time. I’m certain she’s found the whole thing rather trying. Also, I a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. That woman can build characters like nobody’s business.

TBR: Where can readers find you on the web?
Amylynn: The blog I write with my Sister –  and I have a web site at  

TBR: Readers, Amylynn will give away a print copy of Lady Belling’s Secret to one lucky commenter. She'll pick a winner on Friday, April 5 and announce the winner here. Be sure to leave your email address so she can contact you.

Enter in the widget below for a chance to win Lady Belling's Engagement Ring!

Thanks for visiting TBR, Amylynn. All the best to you.

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