AWW Feature: Christina Brooke on Passion

I’m pleased to host Australian historical romance author Christina Brooke at Book’d Out today introducing her newest release, The Greatest Lover Ever.

THE SWEETEST SCANDAL
Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense – which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiance. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable – and as iron-willed as ever…
THE TRUEST TEMPTATION
Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing – when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. Convincing her will take more than a simple proposal, however. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

You can read my review of this passionate historical romance HERE , but first let me introduce you to Christina Brooke..

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Hi Shelleyrae! Thank you for having me on your blog today.

The late, great Luciano Pavarotti was not only a sublime tenor, he was a font of lovely wisdom that often centered around pleasures of a sensual variety. He said something profound about his art that has stayed with me:

“People think I’m disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.”

I try to keep that in mind when I write, because while many writers can tell you their daily page count or the number of words they aim to write in a day, I have never been able to work that way. I wish I could! It is the most practical and businesslike way to write, after all.

For me, writing fiction is a passion and a compulsion. If I’m feeling unaccountably grouchy, I suddenly realize it’s because I haven’t written that day. Those around me can tell when the words are flowing because I bounce around the house, shedding sweetness and light like a happy little sunbeam.

Those times are not nearly as frequent as I’d like!

I was a lawyer working ridiculous hours when I started my first novel. By day, I wrote prospectuses, met with financiers and accountants and company directors looking to raise capital for their companies. I advised on contracts, traveled interstate to perform due diligence, verified the myriad details that make up offer documentation.

By night, the world of my imagination opened up and swallowed me whole. I forgot financial projections and contract negotiations and office politics and reveled in the strange exhilaration of putting words on the page.

For five years, I learned everything I could about the craft of writing, about the business, about the market. By the time I sold my first book, I’d resigned from my job and was pregnant with my second child. You should have seen the strange, elephantine dance I did around my living room at four in the morning when the offer came through from New York!

Writing can be hard but it’s never seemed like a job when the words are flowing. When I’m writing well, it feels like I’m tapping into a story that’s already there, complete and perfect, waiting for me. My mission is to get the story down as faithfully and richly described as I can.

The book never quite matches that perfect vision, but when it is put into a reader’s hands, it’s time for her imagination to take over.

It’s a particular joy to write a romance novel where the characters just click the way Georgie Black and Marcus, Earl of Beckenham did in my novel THE GREATEST LOVER EVER was a joy to write. Their banter is witty, their passion fiery, and their love is deep and enduring. I hope readers enjoy their journey as much as I enjoyed writing it!

What is your passion? What books do you love to get lost in? Any recommendations?

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annacampbell
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 09:19:25

    Hi Shelleyrae! Hi Christina! Christina, what a lovely post. I smiled at the picture of your pregnant self doing the samba to celebrate the sale of your first book. As you know, I’m a huge fan and I think THE GREATEST LOVER EVER is one of your best. There’s so much wit and wisdom there, and a lovely misty eyed finish. I can’t wait for the next one!

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  2. Trish Milburn
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:15:05

    Wonderful post. And I really love that quote by Pavarotti. I’ve never really thought about it in those terms, but it’s so right. I guess you could say that I’m passionate about the wonder that comes from falling in love and happily ever afters. I like them in the books I write, the books I read (even in genres not immediately associated with romance), the TV programs and movies that I watch. And it’s wonderful to witness in real life.

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    • Christina Brooke
      Jan 17, 2014 @ 12:09:28

      That’s such a beautiful sentiment, Trish and I feel the same way–no matter what the medium. I love seeing that connection grow and strengthen between two people! Thank you for commenting!

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  3. Nancy Northcott
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:15:16

    Hi, Christine and Shellyrae! What a fun post. Christine, I had never heard that story. I’m reading The Greatest Lover Ever now and enjoying it.

    I read multiple genres, and I love getting caught up in a romance or an epic adventure in a preindustrial society or outer space or a race against time featuring spies or law enforcement.

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    • Christina Brooke
      Jan 17, 2014 @ 12:11:07

      Thank you, Nancy! So glad you’re enjoying THE GREATEST LOVER EVER. I know what you mean about being swept up in a story–another time/place/situation that transports you out of the everyday.

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  4. Tawny Weber
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:49:32

    Christina, I love your call story. And I think you’re so right about devotion over discipline (although I seem to require both LOL). Devotion shows in the words, on the page, and makes such a difference in the story. Which is why it’s always so clear that you are a very devoted writer.

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    • Christina Brooke
      Jan 17, 2014 @ 12:12:19

      Tawny, that’s so kind of you! And I wish I had the discipline you have. I don’t think I could have survived your schedule–and the quality and passion on the page shines through in your work, too. You have it all!

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  6. Kandy Shepherd
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 20:51:58

    Hi Christina, I had to smile at the thought of your pregnant self dancing around in elation when you got “The Call”. Your quote from Pavarotti and your description of how you write resonated with me – wise words.
    I love your writing and am looking forward to reading THE GREATEST LOVER EVER. (BTW, what a wonderful title!)

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  7. Anna Sugden
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 22:58:50

    Hi Christina! Aww I love call stories and yours is lovely!

    I’m so looking forward to The Greatest Lover Ever – I was thrilled that The Book Depository delivered it early, so I could dive straight in when my revisions are done! Beckenham *swoon*.

    I’ve always get lost in reading – when it’s a good book. I love contemporary romance, historical romance and romantic suspense/thrillers. I love it when I can sit undistrubed for hours, so I can read a good book in one sitting!

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    • Christina Brooke
      Jan 18, 2014 @ 15:47:24

      Hi Anna! Oh, you’re so lovely. Hope you enjoy Beckenham. I must admit I’m still half in love with him myself (but don’t tell Xavier I said that!) I’m with you, I love a whole chunk of uninterrupted reading time. So seldom get it these days. Best of luck finishing your revisions!

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  8. Kandy Shepherd
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 00:20:07

    Hi Christina, I had to smile at the thought of your pregnant self dancing around in elation when you got “The Call”. Your quote from Pavarotti and your description of how you write resonated with me – wise words.
    I love your writing and am looking forward to reading THE GREATEST LOVER EVER. (BTW, what a wonderful title!)

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