HERE. Today, I'm excited to welcome Megan Mulry back to talk about her newest installment.
Megan: Hi Becky! Thanks for having me at One Literature Nut.
Becky: I'm always excited to have you here!
I have loved that your first two novels were about the male royals and now the last two are from their sisters' perspectives. What story spark drew you to putting together these American + British royal couples?
Megan: The first spark was this desire to do a Regency romance in a contemporary setting, and because some of my favorite Regency romances (like early Judith McNaught) had a feisty American heroine who knocked the socks off a British aristo hero, that's what I did first.
After I got the seed of the idea, I started researching contemporary British aristocrats and one thing led to another. I'd always been a complete anglophile, so it wasn't really a stretch. Throughout his life, my father sent me clippings and obituaries about eccentric Brits, and this one about the 17th Duke of Norfolk never left me. That became the inspiration for the fictional Northrop family.
Becky: You have such a fun social media presence on twitter (@meganmulry). Which of your characters do you think would have an active online media presence, and which ones would absolutely avoid it? (Just FYI, for some reason, I keep thinking all of the American ones would have one. Why is that?!? I don't think Twitter is totally gauche or anything, but I've thought someone like Claire, for instance, would avoid it, while many of the others might actively participate.)
Megan: I love this question! Obviously Bronte is a total media whore, so she would be on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, Facebook—you name it—all the time. (I picture Max throwing her cell phone into the Thames on a regular basis).
I think Devon would probably have a secret Twitter account so he could stalk everyone without having to actually put himself out there.
Sarah would have a business account for the shoe company, but I don't think she'd feel totally comfortable with the self-revelatory nature of that kind of social media; maybe she'd have a Tumblr with lots of shoe shots from fashion shows and awards dinners.
I think Claire would actually thrive on Pinterest; her love of color and design and fabrics is a perfect match for that. One of my childhood friends who reminds me of Claire--temperate, creative, loving--surprised me when I learned about her very extensive social media presence.
I think Abby would hate it all. She barely carries a cell phone, except to sext Eliot, and I think she'd inherently dread putting herself before her cause for any reason. Eliot probably has some super stylish twitter account with a mix of cool philosophical sayings and candid pictures of Italy and Paris and Miami mixed in, with about 300,000 followers.
I think Ben would say, "I'm too old for Twitter."
Becky: Oh my goodness, I love it! :) If it wouldn't take an inordinate amount of time, I'd love to see an account from any of these characters. To be honest, the end of R is for Rebel had a nice spot for some blabbing on social media by some of these folks and a few others! It would have been hilarious to see what they were thinking.
Megan: Thanks so much for having me!
Thank you again so much to Megan for stopping in and sharing a little bit more with us about her Unruly Royals series and R is for Rebel. Check out the series and this newest release.
About the Author:
Megan Mulry writes sexy, modern, romantic fiction. She graduated from Northwestern University and then worked in publishing, including positions at The New Yorker and Boston magazine. After moving to London, Mulry worked in finance and attended London Business School. Mulry is a member of RWA. She has traveled extensively in Asia, India, Europe, and Africa and now lives with her husband and children in Florida. Her latest book is R Is For Rebel, out now.
Now for a little giveaway:
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to this simple little question before Monday, February 17th by midnight (MST)
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