Hi, everyone! I’d like to thank Melissa for having me as a guest during Author Month. My name is Debra Mullins, and I have written fourteen historical romances for Avon Books. I am also currently contracted for a contemporary paranormal romance trilogy for Tor. Some people might think that writing historicals and paranormals are completely opposite from each other, but actually these two subgenres have one important thing in common: World building.
Historicals and paranormals both require the author to create a believable world that sucks the reader in and completely captivates her, whether it’s a glittering Regency ballroom with dukes and ladies or a contemporary world filled with vampires and werewolves.
In my upcoming paranormal trilogy, I’ve created a world where the descendents of the survivors of Atlantis have psychic abilities and have blended in with normal humans over the centuries. The first book in the series introduces a Seer who has lost his faith and needs to stop the villain from collecting the three stones of power of ancient Atlantis. To do this, I had to first create the society of Atlantis, then determine how it affects the descendants in the modern world. Book one of this series is due out in summer 2012, tentatively titled Prodigal Son.
My current historical series from Avon, The Brides of Nevarton Chase, takes place in Victorian England. In book one, Tempting A Proper Lady, villainous Lord Raventhorpe tries to marry an innocent heiress—until the hero teams up with the wedding planner to spoil the wedding and keep the bride from marrying a man he knows to be evil. In book two, Too Wicked To Love, Lord Raventhorpe continues his dirty deeds when he realizes the secret identity of humble coachman John Ready, who could potentially expose Raventhorpe’s crimes from long ago. With smart and gutsy Genny by his side, John fights for his life as he races to expose the truth and hopefully finally trap Raventhorpe. Too Wicked To Love hits the shelves in June 2011.
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