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Exclusive Interveiw with Janna MacGregor

May 2, 2017

Hello fellow Readaholics!!!!

Today we have the super talented Janna MacGregor hanging out with us! 
I recently read The Bad Luck Bride by Janna and it rocked.  
I can’t wait to meet her this week at RT.

Janna, thank you for joining us today.  We thought it would be fun to have you answer a few questions.

How did you select the names of your characters in The Bad Luck Bride?

Thank you so much for inviting me here today! I’m always delighted to discuss romance-it’s one of the best pleasures in life. The two main characters in The Bad Luck Bride are Lady Claire Cavensham and Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke. I really didn’t pay that much attention to my characters’ names, but subconsciously, I must have been thinking about that particular aspect all along. Claire means clear or light. In this story, Claire has to go through tremendous darkness before she finds her way and her own forgiveness. It’s through her journey that she helps Alex–short for Alexander. Alexander means defender of man. Throughout the story, Alex has to defend not only his loved ones but also his own actions. Claire’s love helps him through his own darkness. Isn’t that the meaning of true love? Two people who through their commitment and devotion make each other stronger and help each other through life’s struggles.

Although the broken engagement trope has been done before, I thought yours was untried and fresh. What came first, the idea of the curse or that of the broken engagements?

The broken engagements! But then I had to explain why all these men wouldn’t marry an heiress of considerable fortune. It had to be a curse that caused all these mishaps to the men who sought her hand in marriage then faced horrible catastrophes such as death, disease, and dismemberment. I did a tremendous amount of research on curses in the UK. A lot have their origins from the Roman invasion. From there, it was easy to come up with reasons for why the men of the ton didn’t dare approach Claire for her hand in marriage. 

What was the most interesting thing you learned while writing The Bad Luck Bride?

Even though I’ve read Regency romances forever, I had to research the institution of marriage during the early nineteen century England to see what avenues were available to women when they wanted to escape an unhappy marriage. The fact is that they had few, if any, options. A couple of Alex and Claire’s stature had to air all their dirty laundry in front of the public and wait for the scandal to erupt. Their future and the ultimate decision whether a divorce would be granted was decided by the House of Lords. A divorce normally required the wife be denounced as an adulteress with proof of her affairs. Literally, a woman had to ruin herself completely in order to dissolve her marriage. Another example of how little individual freedom a woman had during that day and age.

Do you think villains deserve a chance to be redeemable in romances? 

Oh, this is a fabulous question. ABSOLUTELY! One of my favorite romances of all time is The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. The way she redeemed Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, was a masterpiece. I reread that book at least once a year and sigh in happiness each time. As a matter of fact, I hope to redeem Lord Paul, the villain in The Bad Luck Bride, in a future book. I believe that underneath every villain is a hero waiting to emerge.

Do you have a special ritual after completing a book? 

My husband is my biggest supporter. When he realizes I’m getting close to the end of a story, he chills a bottle of champagne and invites our children to join us. They’re twenty-six, and even though they have lives of their own, they always make time to join in the celebration. As soon as I type “The End,” my husband pops the cork and we toast the hero and heroine of the story. But the next day, I start editing. No rest for the wicked!

Are you interested in writing other genres?

I actually outlined a series of contemporaries tentatively titled “Lawyers in Love.” I’m an attorney and receive a monthly newsletter on the happenings of the legal community in Missouri. There’s a ton of material for romance novels there-believe it or not. But for right now, my heart and soul are in writing Regencies. There’s just something about the romance of the time that lends itself to a beautiful love story.

What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

All you have to do is look on my keeper shelf for my inspiration. I’ve already mentioned The Devil in Winter. But Eloisa James writes stories that are absolutely some of my favorites-Much Ado About You, Three Weeks with Lady X, and A Kiss at Midnight are just a few that have had an impact on my life and my writing. Maggie Robinson’s Master of Sin is a lovely novel about redemption that I absolutely adore to pieces.

What writing project are you working on at the present?

I’m currently working on the third story in The Cavensham Heiress. It’s tentatively titled The Bride’s Own Luck. It features Claire’s cousin, Michael, the Marquess of McCalpin and a heroine named March Lawson who’s introduced in the second book of the series. Speaking of which, The Bride Who Got Lucky features Claire’s cousin, Lady Emma and Alex’s best friend, Nick St. Mauer, the Earl of Somerton. Those two were an absolute joy to write. 

Thank you so much for stopping by Janna! We would love to have you visit again!

It was my pleasure and I’d love to chat again. Thank you for having me! Can’t wait to meet you all at RT. Please stop by and say hello! We’ll talk romance! 

Check out an exclusive Excerpt from The Bad Luck Bride!

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Author Bio:

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers. The Bad Luck Bride is her first novel.

Social Links:

Twitter: @JannaMacGregor
Instagram: @jannamacgregor

Twitter: @SMPRomance
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