Interview with historical romance author Danelle Harmon

Danelle Harmon writes historical romances. She’s touring her de Montforte Brothers series of books and is here to give us the scoop. The four novels are: The Wild One, The Beloved One, The Defiant One, and The Wicked One.

She’s also going to be awarding a digital copy of book two, The Beloved One to one randomly
drawn commentor at EVERY stop and a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn
commentor during the tour. So, leave an e-mail address with a comment to be entered to win. And visit her other tour stops for more chances to win.
Bio:
Bestselling, multi-award winning and critically acclaimed
author Danelle Harmon is the author of ten books, previously published in print
and distributed in many languages throughout the world. 

Though a Massachusetts native, she has lived in Great Britain and is married to an Englishman; she
and her husband make their home in New England with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including four dogs, an Egyptian
Arabian horse, and numerous pet chickens. Danelle welcomes e-mail from her
readers and can be reached at
danelle@danelleharmon.com.
Welcome Danelle. Please
tell us about the de Montforte Brothers series.
The de Montforte
Brothers series is set largely in Georgian England during the 1770s and follows
the love stories and adventures of four gorgeous aristocratic brothers, headed
by the eldest, Lucien, who is the fifth Duke of Blackheath. Each brother has been given a nickname by the
locals which is also the title of his book: Lord Gareth, the ne’er do well black sheep of the family, is The Wild One; Lord Charles, the brave and noble soldier, is The Beloved One; Lord Andrew, the
gifted, reclusive inventor, is The Defiant One;
and the duke, who spends the series matchmaking and manipulating his brothers
into marriage with cunning delight, finally gets his comeuppance in his tale, The Wicked One. Though each book can be read as a
stand-alone, I think they are best enjoyed read in order in the series.
What
inspired you to write this series?
I
got the idea for the de Montforte brothers while my husband and I were still
living in England. We were married in, and lived, in a little
town named Abingdon-on-Thames, and it figured into the setting for The Wild One. At the
time, I had just finshed another book for my publisher and was casting around
for a new storyline, and the idea of a handsome quartet of brothers came to
me. I went into this venture with some
definite ideas — indeed, one of the brothers was supposed to be, and remain
dead, but he surprised me (much as he did some other members of his family)
when that proved not to be the case at all! But isn’t that half the fun, to be surprised?
What
exciting story are you working on next?
During
my long sabbatical from writing, I received many emails from readers who wanted
to know if, and when, Lady Nerissa de Montforte (the youngest of the de
Montforte siblings) was going to get her own book. When we last saw her and Perry, the earl of
Brookhampton, it might have appeared that the two were going to have their
happily-ever-after … but Perry’s ordeal in The Wicked One has left him dark, dangerous — and damaged — and Nerissa’s brother the duke no
longer wants his little sister marrying this man. Will Perry’s need for revenge against the
duke overpower his abiding love for Nerissa? That’s something even I have yet to find out! In the meantime, I’m in the process of
re-releasing (with some light revisions and editing) my entire backlist of ten
books for e-readers; look for a new title to be available every six weeks or
so, with updates and news posted on my website and Facebook page.
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
Becoming an author
was never, for me, an actual, focused intention — I wanted to be a veterinarian. But I loved to write stories as a child and
as a teen — horse stories, usually — and in my 20s I became fascinated with the
local story of pirate Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy and his ship, Whydah, which went down in a storm off
of Cape Cod in 1717. Bellamy died in the
shipwreck, leaving his lady-love mourning him from the windswept cliffs that
overlooked the wreck site, and the story haunted me … I ended up doing
volunteer work for Barry Clifford, who found and is still salvaging the Whydah, and during that time, fulfilled
Sam’s and Maria’s unrequited love story by writing my first “real”
book, which was eventually published under the title Pirate in My Arms by
Avon. It went on to be a national bestseller
and I guess it was then that I actually first considered myself a
“writer.”
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?  If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
I
can write full time, but I don’t, as I’m not a regimented person and have never
been able to sit down and keep to a tight schedule of either page count or
hours put in. Instead, I try to write
something every day, and there are days where the words flow, and others … not
so much. On the good days, I may write
for hours on end, but even that is hard to do, as I’m also a full time mom and
also have four dogs and a horse, so it can be hard to find solid blocks of
uninterrupted time to “get in the zone” and write. Subsequently, I probably do my best (that is,
most uninterrupted!) work late, late at night after the rest of the house
(including the four dogs!) have gone to bed.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m
not sure I have any, though I do find it fun to try and envision actors, both
present and past, who might best play the role of each of my heroes if ever any
of my books made it to film. But I don’t
usually share that information (though I have my own very definite ideas!)
because part of the magic of reading is that it allows each person’s
imagination (whether that person is the author or the reader) to envision a
character exactly as they wish to envision it. I may paint a word picture, but when it comes to hard visuals, it’s
probably best left to the reader’s imagination!
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m
still waiting to grow up! But in my
younger years, I wanted to be a veterinarian! I’ve always surrounded myself with animals, and love them dearly!
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
I
would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all of you who have stopped by to
visit me on this stop on my blog tour, who have taken the time to buy and read
my books, and to let readers know that I love hearing from you! Don’t forget to stop by my website or
“like” me on Facebook to be kept up-to-date on news and new
releases! Have a wonderful summer, and
thank you, Lisa, for hosting me! It has
been a pleasure and an honor!

It’s been a pleasure, Danelle. Happy touring!

Readers, don’t forget to leave your e-mail with a comment if you’d like to be entered for either of the giveaways!

The first book in the series, The Wild One is priced at $0.99 at all
outlets. Here are the buy links:



11 thoughts on “Interview with historical romance author Danelle Harmon

  1. Mary Preston says:

    Just imagine how wonderful it would be to see your books up on the screen. You must have fun casting the roles as you write.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. Danelle Harmon says:

    Thank you, Lisa, for hosting me here today!

    Marybelle, yes, that is indeed fun to do, but it's even more fun to see whom readers choose for different roles … their choices are often very different from my own!

  3. Lisa Haselton says:

    Do you ever get to the meet to models for your book covers? I think that would be such a treat. 🙂

    I'm happy to be a tour stop!

  4. Karen H says:

    I didn't realize before (or maybe I forgot) that so many of your characters are book-hoppers. The only other author I know, or can think of, that does this in every book is Liz Carlyle.

    Does this fact make in easier to read your books in order of publication?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ingeborg, I'd love to hear your thoughts on which actors you'd cast for each of the de Montfortes! That's always a fun topic for me.

    Thanks, Chelsea! 🙂

    Karen H, while I'd advise readers to read the de Montforte series in order, that doesn't hold true for the rest of my titles. Though all but one of them are interconnected, they are not really sequels, so nothing gets lost no matter which one you read first … or last. No worries!

  6. Danelle Harmon says:

    Lisa: I don't get to meet them, though I did happen to run into Fabio at a romance writers convention in New York back in the 1990s. He was very into "looming."

    Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today — I've had fun here, and it's been great interacting with you and your readers!

  7. Rebecca Hipworth says:

    I bet you would be so happy if your book was made into a movie. It would be great fun to watch. 🙂

    Becky01x(at)gmail(dot)com

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