Author In The House–Wendy Vella

18 Aug

If you are like me, always looking for new novels and authors, you’ll be glad you stop today by my site. Because I have both–a new release and a new author to introduce you to. Not only will Wendy Vella introduce you to her new novel Duchess By Chance but she also graciously agreed to tell us a few things about her.

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Wendy, the floor is all yours 🙂

Hello to everyone and thanks so much for having me on your blog!

I’m a first generation Kiwi and was born and raised in the North Island of New Zealand. I grew up with beaches and rolling hills and a loud boisterous family that knew how to enjoy life. Married for 28 years to a wonderful man we have two children who have surprisingly morphed from vile teenagers into sane adults.

I love food of all descriptions but a particular favourite is roasted almond peanut slabs from Whittaker’s. My husband thinks I talk more than is strictly necessary and occasionally asks if I ever put any thought into what comes out of my head before he has to hear it.

For fun we like to get out on our bikes and ride a few miles and have some pretty outstanding scenery around here so it’s something I really enjoy. I read a lot. I’m not fussy about my genre choice, I like paranormal, contemporary, and historical. I just finished Smooth Talking Stranger by one of my favourite authors, Lisa Kleypas and loved every word.

I write most evenings in the lounge where my family watch TV. I put on my headphones and tap away on my laptop and it still means we’re all together and if they want my attention they simply wave a hand around or throw something!

My first taste of romance novels came when my mother removed my Jill’s Pony Club manual forcibly from my hands and replaced it with a Mills & Boons (to broaden my mind of course) and I remember thinking the hero was one arrogant bastard who needed a swift kick but by the end I was as smitten as he. Intrigued, I then read These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer, a book my sister gave me, and the rest as they say is history. My love of the Regency Era started from that moment.

I love the secrets and nuances of that era, the scandals and dramas. It was an era that lent itself to romance and intrigue and because I’ve never experienced it first hand, nor has anyone else alive today, you get a certain amount of licence when you write about that time.

I wrote my first contemporary novel aged 19 and that will never see daylight I can assure you, but when I need a good laugh I drag it out of the shoe box it’s hidden in. I wrote my first historical novel at 23 but did not start to take my writing seriously until I joined Romance Writers of New Zealand.

This organization was responsible for my first foray into the world of competitions. I polished my manuscript and sent it in to be judged; I then sat back and waited for the phone to ring. I would win of course; I’d be offered a publishing contract and could give up my day job and start writing full time! I had it all planned. The phone however didn’t ring and the feedback was less than flattering in fact it made references to my editing abilities resembling a five year old child. So I realized I needed to learn my craft and that is what I did over the next few years, I also learnt to take criticism and rejection, all things necessary to get to the bigger goal.

Duchess By Chance is my second book published, and it’s a rollicking romp with a hero and heroine forced into marriage through no fault of their own. Their journey is fraught with aggravation and aided by several colorful secondary characters, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

DUCHESS BY CHANCE on sale August 2013

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Daniel, Duke of Stratton, learns of his betrothal to Miss Berengaria Evangeline Winchcomb minutes before his father’s death. Having gambled his fortune away, all the late Duke had left to sell was his son. To save his family’s honor Daniel agrees to the marriage, but society’s favorite bachelor is no longer a charming easygoing man – his father’s betrayal has left him angry and with a thirst for revenge.

Eva learns she is to wed the Duke of Stratton on the way to the church. Inside she feels a flicker of hope that at last she is to leave her horrid family – however that flicker is short-lived as she faces the cold unyielding man who is now her husband.

Has she merely replaced one tyrant with another?

Winner: Romance Writers of New Zealand Clendon Award for a full-length romantic manuscript.

Duchess By Chance

Also written by Wendy Vella 

The Reluctant Countess


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