Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Interview with an Author: Regan Walker and "The Red Wolf's Prize"

02_The Red Wolf's Prize
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Paperback; 245p
ISBN: 978-06-15978-14-7

Genre: Historical Romance

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Sir Renaud de Pierrepont, the Norman knight known as the Red Wolf for the beast he slayed with his bare hands, hoped to gain lands with his sword. A year after the Conquest, King William rewards his favored knight with Talisand, the lands of an English thegn slain at Hastings, and orders him to wed Lady Serena, the heiress that goes with them.


Serena wants nothing to do with the fierce warrior to whom she has been unwillingly given, the knight who may have killed her father. When she learns the Red Wolf is coming to claim her, she dyes her flaxen hair brown and flees, disguised as a servant, determined to one day regain her lands. But her escape goes awry and she is brought back to live among her people, though not unnoticed by the new Norman lord.

Deprived of his promised bride, the Red Wolf turns his attention to the comely servant girl hoping to woo her to his bed. But the wench resists, claiming she hates all Normans.

As the passion between them rises, Serena wonders, can she deny the Norman her body? Or her heart?


A big thank you to Regan for joining us!

CW: Tell us a bit about your transition from law to writing?

RW: At first, it was difficult to take on a slower pace since my last job was pretty much 24/7. To give up the responsibility for the problems of others was not easy when that had characterized my legal career. I love solving problems and helping others, whether business or government leaders. But once I got used to having time on my hands, and setting my own schedule, I found I loved writing and reading (I am an avid reader and reviewer with my own Historical Romance Review blog). I love the research that goes into my novels. I learn something new every day. And that became very satisfying. Finally, my right brain was waking up after a very long sleep. I have no desire to go back to the practice of law.

CW: “The Red Wolf’s Prize” is set just after the Norman Conquest. What appealed to you about this era and/or plotline?

RW: I was drawn to the medieval period and specifically to England after the Conquest. I kept wondering what a feisty English maiden would do when her country was conquered, her beloved father was killed at Hastings and she and her lands were given to a Norman knight. I knew this happened many times after the Conquest, so I was writing a story that could have occurred. It was an adventure to dive into the 11th century and take a look at England after the Normans descended. It wasn't all a pretty picture, to be sure. William the Conqueror was a brutal king who treated his enemies despicably. But the knights in my story, The Red Wolf's Prize, are of a noble bent, inclined to pay homage to womanhood, even if the hero does lust after the heroine. And of course, my heroine is brave and noble of heart, though her independence leads her into trouble. I wanted to sweep readers away to that time and let them fall in love. I think I achieved my purpose.

CW: Was research terribly difficult given that nearly a thousand years has passed?

RW: Well, it was much more difficult than that for my other stories. I had to learn all about the Saxon/English culture (housing, food, dress, horses, armor, fighting techniques and weapons) and I had to learn about the Normans and the changes they brought to England, which were considerable. I spent hundreds of hours pouring over books, maps, old paintings and drawings as well as all the online material that was available. In the end, I found more than I thought I would—even some reported quotes by William the Conqueror himself.

CW: What are your influences? Perhaps a favorite author?

RW: I like the deep historicals where history is a real character. The authors whose names come to mind whose books I love are Jan Cox Speas and Kathleen Givens (Scottish historicals), Penelope Williamson, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Virginia Henley (my mentor of sorts), Elizabeth Stuart, Candice Proctor (Australian historicals), and many others. I have featured their novels on my “best lists” and shared my reviews of their books on my blog.

CW: Random question: If you could live during any historical period, what would it be?

RW: It would probably be Scotland, on a gorgeous lake (“loch”) in a castle, most likely prior to 1600 in some rare period when the clans thrived, had enough food and the Scots were not plagued by England. Hard to find.

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Praise for The Red Wolf's Prize

“Ms. Walker has the rare ability to make you forget you are reading a book…the characters become real, the modern world fades away and all that is left is the intrigue, drama and romance.” - Straight from the Library

“An engrossing love story grounded in meticulous research. Regan Walker makes the transition from Regency London to Anglo Norman England with consummate ease.” - Glynn Holloway, author of 1066 What Fates Impose

“Regan Walker has delivered an exciting tale and a passionate love story that brings to life England after the Conquest—medieval romance at its best!" - Virginia Henley New York Times Bestselling Author

“Regan Walker has once again written a story that grabs hold and doesn’t let go. There is intrigue, action and a beautifully developed romance." - Vickie Moore, The Reading Cafe

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About the Author

As a child Regan Walker loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, whom she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses. For more information please visit Regan Walker's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Red Wolf's Prize Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, October 1

Review at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Thursday, October 2

Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, October 3

Spotlight at Historical Tapestry

Monday, October 6

Review at Historical Romance Lover

Tuesday, October 7

Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Wednesday, October 8

Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Thursday, October 9

Spotlight at Book Reviews by Lanise Brown

Friday, October 10

Review at Unshelfish

Saturday, October 11

Spotlight & Excerpt at The Lusty Literate

Monday, October 13

Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict

Tuesday, October 14

Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes

Wednesday, October 15

Guest Post & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Thursday, October 16

Review at Book Marks the Spot

Saturday, October 18

Spotlight at Romantic Historical Reviews

Wednesday, October 22

Review at Princess of Eboli
Spotlight & Giveaway at bookworm2bookworm's Blog

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Caroline. Thanks so much for having me on your blog! It's a delight to be here and answer your thoughtful questions.