Pistols At Dawn with Michele Ann Young
“A damn duel over what amounted to little more than a handful of guineas and a property in Kent already mortgaged to the hilt. Vowels left strewn on a battered gaming table in one of London’s grimy hells and none of it worth a man’s life at twenty paces.”
Pistols At Dawn starts with a bang…literarily. Michele Ann Young’s first Regency Romance features a duel, a death, a destitute young lady, and a devilishly handsome Earl, all within chapter one. The tension in this contest winning novel builds from that dramatic beginning.
Michele Ann Young is a fresh new face in an established genre.
So why an English Historical Romance for her first foray into publishing?
The English setting is a natural for Michele. She was born and educated in England. She explains “I spent all of my holidays growing up exploring England and Scotland, old houses, great castles, churches, streets cobbled in the times of Dickens and the wonderful countryside”.
Michele Ann Young is also a history buff. She “discovered the queen of regency romance, Georgette Heyer as a teenager, and from her, went on to read the more recent romances of Laura Kinsale, Jo Beverly, Mary Balogh, Mary Jo Putney, all fabulous authors.”
Her advice for aspiring authors?
“Write as much as possible, read as much as possible, attend workshops and classes, find a good critique partner and make friends with other writers. No one can understand this whole writing thing like another addict. Finish a book and submit it. Don’t be afraid of rejection, most people have several before they sell.”
Her first publishing experience led to some surprises. What surprised her the most?
“The ease of the editing process. I expected lots of changes, comments, criticisms, you know the kind your critique partners do. My editor had very few changes or suggestions and only in one instance did we have what one might call a discussion. However, once I could document my point and clarify the passage so it would not cause a reader to hesitate, we were in perfect agreement.
The second surprise is the business side, promotion, reviews, etc how much there is to learn beyond the craft of writing.”
Writing novels and working a full-time job doesn’t lead to much free time. When she does find a moment, her hobbies are similar to some her heroines might have. “I am very interested in the old needlework arts, tatting, smocking, embroidery, which I do while I watch TV.”
With glowing reviews, Pistols At Dawn will prove to be only the first of many novels from exciting new Regency Romance author Michele Ann Young.
Michele Ann Young is a Regency Romance Author.
Her brand new novel is Pistols At Dawn and is available at Amazon.com.
Her website is http://www.micheleannyoung.com