Each hero in your Victorian Rebels
series is sexy but a little dangerous, but your heroines are all very different
types of women, and the circumstances surrounding how each romance develops are
wildly different. In THE
DUKE, the hero and heroine have a unique love story and are at odds for a
good chunk of the book. Did their unusual relationship make writing this book
any more challenging than any of your previous books? Do you, as a reader, enjoy
reading stories in which the hero and heroine have a somewhat antagonistic
relationship for a portion of the story?
Kerrigan Byrne: I think thatâ€™s a fantastic question! Iâ€™m not
really one for conflict in my personal life, so actually writing a hero and
heroine who are a bit at odds is kinda fun because itâ€™s so diametrically opposed
to my laid back personality. What I enjoyed most about writing Imogen, the
heroine in THE DUKE, is that sheâ€™s a woman who is relevant to today. With
everyone marching for equality and womenâ€™s issues at the forefront of our minds,
I find it exciting to write about a woman who challenges her heroâ€™s very idea of
what it means to be a woman. I do enjoy reading about a somewhat antagonistic
relationship, only until a woman crosses the line from strong to downright
unreasonable, thatâ€™s where some writers lose me, you know? But we love that
Elizabeth/Darcy dynamic, donâ€™t we?
Miranda Owen: Youâ€™ve written stories in which the hero and heroine have
a long and complex past, as well as ones in which they are strangers who develop
a sudden and intense attraction. In THE DUKE, the two main characters experience
a bit of both. Which do you prefer to write about?
Kerrigan Byrne: To be honest, I find it much easier to write
about a couple who has a complicated past already. However I find it a little
more fun to write a couple â€śfrom scratchâ€ť as it were. So, it really depends on
what the couple, the plot, and the characters call for.
Miranda Owen: One of the subjects that comes up in my online book groups
is â€śalpha vs. alphaholeâ€ť. I donâ€™t know if youâ€™ve heard of this before, but the
debate centers around whether a hero who has many alpha-like characteristics is
by default an overbearing and insufferable jerk. Iâ€™m of the opinion that a hero
can be commanding, confident, and strong without being condescending, abusive
toward the heroine, and capable of avoiding the â€śpushing her away for her own
goodâ€ť mistake. What is your take?
Kerrigan Byrne: *wince* I grimace because I have kind of a
thing for alpha holes. However, I feel like there is a very real difference
between an alpha male and an alpha hole. For example, the Duke of Trenwyth is
most definitely an alpha hole. Even though heâ€™s dealing with some awful
post-prisoner-of-war PTSD, heâ€™s condescending, heâ€™s a snob, heâ€™s classist, and
even an admitted hypocrite. He has a LOT of growing to do in his book.
However, if you read The Hunter or The Highlander (the previous books in this
series), the heroes of both books are very alpha without really being
condescending or rude because that isnâ€™t a character flaw that belongs to them.
So I share your opinion. There are alphas and there are alpha holes, and I
happen to write both.
Miranda Owen: Iâ€™ve seen a few romances turned into manga adaptations or
regular graphic novels â€“ including books by Jane Austen as well as several
paranormal romance series. Would you ever consider having your Victorian
Rebels series into graphic novels?
Kerrigan Byrne: OMG. I would DIE. I feel like the Victorian
Rebels all have a back story that would make super bad ass graphic novel
stories! Someone get on this, will ya?
Miranda Owen: Two fun yet totally critical questions: Jane Eyre or
Wuthering Heights? And Mr. Darcy or Mr. Rochester?
Kerrigan Byrne: Oh, gurl, youâ€™re making me pick? As much as I
love a good Darcy, Iâ€™ve always been team Rochester. Call if Freudian if you want
to, but I am a huge fan of older, complicated men. I cut my teeth on Victoria
Holt and the Bronte sisters. That isnâ€™t to say I donâ€™t appreciate Jane Austen.
Miranda Owen: What are you working on right now? What do you have
planned down the road? You seem to hint at a possible story for Menaâ€™s
step-daughter Rhianna. Do you plan on giving her a book or novella of her own in
Kerrigan Byrne: I just turned in book five in the Victorian
Rebelâ€™s series (due out in August). Itâ€™s titled THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE, and
features Liam Mackenzieâ€™s younger brother, Gavin St. James. Then, book six is
titled, THE DEVIL STEALS A BRIDE, which is about this shadowy figure The Rook,
that has been getting closer and closer to these Victorian Rebels for the last
few books. Iâ€™ll give away a little secret here first about The Rookâ€¦ What
if the real Dorian Blackwell isnâ€™t dead? I think I need to give Rhianna a
little time to grow up, but sheâ€™s most definitely getting a story.
Miranda Owen: Do you plan on writing a story for Morley? He seems like
such a Lisa Kleypas kind of male protagonist and an interesting character.
Kerrigan Byrne: Iâ€™m so glad you asked! Some very interesting
revelations about Morleyâ€™s past are going to come to light in THE DEVIL STEALS A
BRIDE that will definitely segue into his book. The title Iâ€™m considering at the
moment is THE THIEF TAKES A LADY or AN INCONVENIENT WEDDING. (what do you think?)
Miranda Owen: While on your website, I saw that you write a series â€“
along with some other authors â€“ about witches. Could you please describe it for
readers who may not already know about it? The covers seem very fun and sexy,
and I was wondering if there was a touch of humor in the series.
Kerrigan Byrne: Certainly! This is collaboration between some
very dear friends and I where we all write about quadruplet sister witches who
fall in love with the four horsemen of the apocalypse while doing their best to
keep the apocalypse from actually happening. It is a light-hearted, sexy, and
Miranda Owen: Since you write romances that include paranormal,
historical, and contemporary suspense â€“ is there anything you havenâ€™t tried
writing that you might like to try in the future?
Kerrigan Byrne: Iâ€™m actually working on a series right now that
is a Jack the Ripper meets Hannibal Lecter gothic mystery with a female
protagonist who specializes in crime scene clean up. Itâ€™s REALLY speaking to me,
so I hope good things come of it.
Kerrigan Byrne has done many things to pay the bills, from law
enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she's finally able to have the career
she'd decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family
that she was going to "grow up to be a romance novelist." Whether she's writing
about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan
uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic
ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.
She lives at
the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely
teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast.
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