Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly

Welcome to Author Carla Kelly

Carla Kelly is a popular and acclaimed writer in the Regency romance genre. She is the author of over forty books and short stories. Her books are “keepers” and accordingly hard to find. Renowned for what she calls “dukeless” regencies, her stories often revolve around ordinary people solving their own problems. However, her regencies only reflect a part of her writing interests. She has a strong interest in the American West which is reflected in her earliest published works and in her non-fiction.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 
The past, of course. I’m an Indian Wars historian by training.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Chief Justice John Marshall; General George Thomas (The Rock of Chickamauga); Capt. Guy V. Henry, Co. D, 3rd Cavalry; Randy Kane, a friend of mine; Brigham Young.

What is one book everyone should read? 
Nevil Shute’s A Town Like Alice (a crackin’ good read)

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
See above: Brigham Young

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Fat free Greek yogurt with my homemade lemon curd

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s a compelling story about Utah”s Scofield Mine Disaster and a love story to the American Dream that immigrants have – at all costs – for their children.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Currently finishing a historical mystery set in 1780s New Mexico. Lots of writing goals; I keep them to myself.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? 
All Through the Night, the Welsh lullaby, which becomes a sort of minor character. The book is full of Welsh people and singing.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read only the best books, not what your friends write, unless you know Mark Twain personally, and maybe Anton Chekhov. Or Doris Kearns Goodwin.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
Eastern Wyoming or Northern New Mexico

How did you know you should become an author? 
When I knew I had something to say.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Tolstoi, Nevil Shute, Owen Johnson (I adore his book, The Lawrenceville Stories).

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
Of course. My heroines are usually practical; so am I.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Learn to sleep fast.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Les Miz – my goodness with Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Insp. Javert? Good singing and great acting.

What do you do in your free time? 
Read crime fiction; travel in my car.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 
So long ago I can’t recall. I remember just holding it in my hands (Daughter of Fortune) and thinking, “Wow. O wow.”

Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand

After her husband’s death, Roxanna Drew is faced with the daunting task of providing for her two small girls on her own. Pursued by her lecherous brother-in-law, Roxanna knows her only hope is to escape his grasp by moving into a derelict cottage, owned by Lord Winn—a man known to his tenants only by his checkered reputation.

But when fate brings Lord Winn to her door in the middle of a snowstorm, Roxanna’s not sure which to fear more: letting him into her home or into her heart.

A strong-willed heroine, perfectly paced plot, and plenty of humorous moments make this one of bestselling author Carla Kelly’s most beloved Regency romances. Discover the magic of a love story you’ll want to read again and again.

Book Giveaway:
1 copy of Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand
Open to US only
Ends 9/25/12

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