Welcome, Laura Kinsale

One of the most beloved writers of romance is back…. She’s better than ever, and she’s worth the wait! Her wit is laugh-out-loud funny and her poignant moments are so heartwarming. I’m glad she is back, and I do believe she is better than before and I know, like me, all her fans will be saying her new book was worth the long wait!

Amelia Gray, author of A Duke To Die For.

There is such intelligence and wit behind the perfectly English dialogue and French innuendos that the characters fairly crackle with energy and life. … Callie and Trev are tremendous champions for each other. I adore their story, and am quite sure they will find a place in your heart as well.

A big Riskies welcome to Laura Kinsale, who is here to chat about her new release Lessons in French. She’s offered a signed copy to one person who makes a comment or asks a question. So come on in and chat!

RR: Welcome, Laura, it’s great to have you visit. Let’s jump straight into the interview: What’s your favorite part of writing?

LK: That deep sense of flow and concentration, when I’m living in the story with the characters. It doesn’t come on demand, but when it does, it makes it all worth doing.

RR: What do you think the key to writing comedy is?

LK: Putting an unexpected twist at the end of a sentence or paragraph.

RR: If Lessons in French were made into a movie, who would play the leads (can be any actors at any time; mix and match, if you want)?

LK: I’m a fan of USA’s White Collar at the moment. Matt Bomer would be perfect for Trev, just that sense of devil-may-care elegance and mischief.

Callie, hmmm–maybe a very young Julie Andrews.

RR: Why do you love Heyer so much? What is your favorite book?
LK: My favorite Heyer is Sylvester, for the hero’s intense low moment and grovel. I love Heyer’s dry wit, mixed with a little craziness. It’s hard to top the Baluchistan hound in Frederica for finely-tuned character comedy.

RR: What’s your favorite part about Twitter? What’s the funnest experience you’ve had there?

LK: I secretly enjoy tweeting animals. My dog Ventoux (who tweets as me, oddly enough!) has a couple of particular friends, a great dane, @dooleybug8 and a horse in New Zealand, @stationbred . They keep life in perspective, tweeting back and forth about visits to the vet, opening gates, and how to get under Mom’s skin.

RR: (Aaaaw) (And the standard Risky question) What’s “risky” about Lessons in French?

LK: From a writing standpoint, the conflict. Callie and Trev are in love from the start, thought they don’t admit it to themselves, much less to one another. So the things that keep them apart have to be something the reader can comprehend as real obstacles that are true to the characters. I had to be very convincing in developing the characters, their beliefs about themselves and the world, because it’s largely those self-concepts that drive the conflict. That’s a fairly difficult writing challenge. But worth it. Readers seem to really like both the hero and heroine.

Thanks for having me on the Riskies!

Your question or comment? Ask away …

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40 Responses to Welcome, Laura Kinsale

  1. cheryl c says:

    Congrats on this new release, Laura! I visit several book review blogs, and everybody is raving about this book! It really does sound like a delightful story, and I can’t wait to pick up a copy. 🙂

  2. Kirsten says:

    Hi Laura,
    I enjoyed the interview. Must confess your a new to me author but your book LIF sounds real fun.
    I too love Georgette Heyer and my favorite of hers (at the moment) is April Lady.
    Take care, Kirsten

  3. Diane Gaston says:

    Welcome to the Riskies! We are more than delighted to have you and to have a new book from you.

    Thanks so much for being here.

  4. Mega-congrats on your new release, Laura! It looks absolutely delicious. Every time I start one of your books, it’s like opening a box of the finest chocolates. I’m sure this one will be no exception.

  5. Great to have you with us, Laura. What is it about the Regency that appeals to you?

  6. I looked for Lessons in French in the bookstore yesterday, but they didn’t have it… However, I will persevere!

    I have so many favorite Heyers it’s hard to pick one, but as well as Sylvester (I want my Button!), Venetia, The Toll-Gate, Devil’s Cub, and The Foundling are among my faves.

  7. Can hardly wait to read your book. And oooohhhh, love that picture of the pyr puppy. We have one by the name of Wolfgang Amadeus, Wolf for short, or Wolfie to all the neighbor kiddos who love to rub their face in his fur.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Hi Laura! Congrats on the release of your new book. I haven’t read your books before – I’m new to Regencies – but I look forward to reading LIF. It sounds like a great romance story.

  9. Katie says:

    I have been so excited to read LIF ever since I first noticed it was being released. As an avid learner of the French language, this book is already a favorite, even though I haven’t read it yet! I love your choice for who would play Trev–what a great visual! Did you enjoy writing LIF? How did you come up with the plot?

  10. Kim in Hawaii says:

    Aloha! And the good reviews for LIF have made their way across the Pacific Ocean. As a “new” reader to historical romances, “veteran” readers recommended your books alongside Georgette Heyer, thus making you a living legend! And Matt Boomer would make an excellent hero!

  11. Virginia C says:

    Hi, Laura! Congratulations on the release of “Lessons in French”. I have read only rave reviews for Callie and Trev’s story! I adore the fact that their childhood friendship was fated to grow into the love of a lifetime : ) Sweet, spicy and oh, so romantic!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  12. Jane George says:

    Welcome Laura!

    I can’t believe I’m such a late-comer to your work. I just finished Flowers From the Storm a couple of days ago, (having purchased it when Borders did not have Laurel McKee’s new release).

    I’m certain your new release will bring LOTS of new readers to your backlist. Thanks for coming to visit the Riskies!

  13. Hah, great photo of Matt! Put him in breeches and boots and waistcoat and oh-la-la.

    I’m glad many readers new to my books are starting with LESSONS IN FRENCH. I’ve been saying it’s very different from my other more intense books, but after thinking about it, I’ve realized it has much in common with all my books–it’s an intensely emotional read. So while some of my books look at emotion from a darker angle, this one looks from a light angle.

    I love Heyer, and by extension Regencies, because they are like a little perfect gem of time and fantasy, in which relationships are the story, set in a delightful period background.

    Kathleen, Ventoux sends a friendly wag to Wolf. Isn’t it funny how no one can resist burying their hands or face in that thick soft white fur?

  14. M. says:

    Hee on the author pic with headgear approaching a beret!

    No need to enter my name, I’ve read LIF already and recommend it ONLY if you like wonderful heroines, charming heros, unique secondary characters, great writing, and many, many laugh out loud moments.Fondness for winsome bulls and discerning goats would also come in handy.


  15. Diane Gaston says:

    Hey, Laura (and everyone), if you love Heyer, you must join Risky Regencies Heyer Book Discussion, being planned by Carolyn for March. We’ll all be reading a Heyer book, soon to be chosen!

  16. limecello says:

    Hi Laura,
    Congratulations on your new release! Everyone says such wonderful things about your books, so I’m really excited about this one.
    Also, I *love* White Collar. 🙂 I’ve only got more positive associations with Lessons in French now!
    Also, your dog is so adorable! *snuggles*

  17. I love tweeting animals, too, and your twitter avatar is soooo cute!

  18. Hi Laura, and welcome!

    Which of your books was the most difficult to write? Any tips on how to keep the writing fresh, after each subsequent book? Thanks for being here!

  19. BTW, Barbara, if you don’t find LiF on the shelf, be sure to ask for it; I’ve heard some occasions where it’s still been in that back (though that was early when it was first rolling out.)

    If there is a BN near you, they are supposed to put out a step-ladder display starting this week.

    Michelle, you don’t ask any tough questions, do you? 😉 As to how to stay fresh, I think that truly hinges on keeping the writing separate from the business/promotion/reward side of things. But that’s just my take.

  20. Jane Austen says:

    I’m curious as to where you got the hero’s name from. It is very unique and I’ve never come across it before.

  21. I swear I can feel Ventoux´s lush fur and smell his little puppy breath. They make the most adorable pups.

    As I said, I can´t wait to dig into your latest. The Shadow and the Star is my favorite read of yours from the past. Oh, yes, my husband liked it best too!!!! She grins.

  22. Jane, a small detail in the hero’s backstory: “Trev owed his life and his baptismal name to one Captain Trevelyan Davis, an enterprising Welshman who had smuggled [his mother] and her five young children across the channel just two days before she gave birth to him.”

    I’m informed elsewhere that Trevelyan is actually a Cornish name, so let’s fudge and say the Captain’s family moved to Wales from Cornwall! 😉

  23. PS-It is also spelled “Trevelian.”

  24. Jane Austen says:

    Laura, I lived in Wales for a time and thought the name had a Welsh spelling to it. I am excited to read the book and learn more about the hero.

  25. Laurie says:

    Laura, I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of your books yet, but after seeing Lessons in French recommended at different blogs, I’m curious to read it.

    I love Georgette Heyer and have read all her Regencies (and the Georgians). My favorites will always be These Old Shades and Devil’s Cub but Regency Buck, Sylvester, and the rest are all on my keeper shelf. (Diane, I’m going to make a note to come back here in March when you do the Heyer book.)

    Wishing you fantastic sales with your book!

  26. Elena Greene says:

    Laura, I’ve been hoarding titles from your backlist and reading them one a year as I awaited your next release. I finally read SEIZE THE FIRE a few months ago, knowing LIF was coming out soon. Loved that and look forward to LIF, which is now at the top of the TBR pile.

    Also, I’ll repeat my heartfelt thanks for FLOWERS FROM THE STORM. It’s been one of my favorite historical romances for a long time. Now it’s taken on a special meaning, helping me feel hopeful as my husband works to overcome his own stroke-related aphasia.

  27. I’m thrilled to see your name back on a cover and can’t wait to read Lessons in French. Huzzah!

  28. azteclady says:

    *sneaking in late*

    Sorry ’bout that…

    Hello, Ms Kinsale! *wave*

  29. Tinky says:

    You’ve picked two of my favorite Heyers and two of my favorite stars so I KNOW I’ll love this book. Congratulations, Laura…..

  30. Sorry to be popping in late today! I am so excited you’ve been at the Riskies today, Laura, and am very much looking forward to meeting you in Albuquerque next weekend. I’ve been a big fan ever since I read “For My Lady’s Heart” in high school (and it’s still one of my very favorite romances)

  31. Susan/DC says:

    Many romance readers love bad boys, but I always point to Ruck, in “For My Lady’s Heart”, as an example of a hero who is goodness personified yet compelling and sexy. Many romance readers prefer innocent heroines, but I always point to Melisande, experienced and wounded yet perfect for Ruck. The scene where she describes what happened to her daughter is one of the most poignant in all of Romance.

    I could go on to detail my love for “My Sweet Folly” and the other Kinsale books I’ve devoured, but I really just want to say how happy I am that she’s returned to writing. I’ve already got a copy of LIF on my nightstand, just waiting for life to settle down a bit for me to plunge in. My son had open heart surgery on Wednesday and came home from the hospital today (hurrah!) so you can understand if I’ve been a bit distracted).

  32. Diane Gaston says:

    Omigosh, Susan/DC! Is your son here in DC, too? Way to increase stress because of the weather. I’m glad he is home safe and sound and on the mend! (we had 30 inches of snow, everybody)

  33. Barbara E. says:

    The more I hear about Lessons in French, the more I want to read it. Sounds like a delightful story.

  34. Santa says:

    I am soooo glad to see that Lessons in French is finally out. I received an excerpt while at RWA-National last year and to say I was psyched would be an understatement.

    I’ve enjoyed your books in the past and can’t wait to read this one. I hope there are many more to come!

  35. Wonderful news about a new book, Laura. And yes to Matt Bomer playing the hero!!!

  36. Alison says:

    Ooh, a regency that’s funny. Count me in to read it!

  37. Carol L. says:

    Hi Laura,
    Congrats on the new release. I have seen and heard so many wonderful things about your book. I am dying to read Lesson in French and have now put it on my TRL.
    I enjoyed your interview.
    Carol L.

  38. flchen1 says:

    Congrats on Lessons in French, Laura! I’ve been hearing nothing but happy raves from my reading friends with taste 🙂 Thanks for the visit and taking the time to chat!

  39. Spav says:

    Congrats on your latest release! I heard a lot of good things about it.

  40. Congratulations on the new regency. It’s a variety that I’d like to explore.

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