Loretta: You've had several writer incarnations. How did Isabella happen?
Isabella: Most recently I'd been writing historical fiction as Susan Holloway Scott. After books filled with court politics and beheadings, it felt time to return to my romance roots, and write happy endings again.
Loretta: WHEN YOU WISH UPON A DUKE is the first book in a series. What inspired you?
Isabella: My last historical fiction series centered on the intrigues of the bawdy 17th c court of King Charles II. I started thinking about what might happen to all those royal bastards that Charles sired and made into dukes, and how their families might have evolved several generations later. The heroes of this new series are (very) loosely based on real noblemen in England in the 1760s.
Loretta: Anyone who reads our blog knows that we love to talk about historical dress. My current series of books (including SILK IS FOR SEDUCTION and SCANDAL WEARS SATIN) features dressmakers in 1835. I like how you incorporated the gorgeous Georgian clothes into your book, too.
Isabella: As much as I'm a sucker for laces and silks, I don't ever want to make the story stop for a fashion report. I always try to make the clothes part of the action. For example, Charlotte demonstrates exactly how to undress all the fascinating layers of 18th c male attire when she seduces March.
Loretta: It's obvious that you love these characters and that you got under their skin. What fascinated you most about them?
Isabella: One of the main themes in these books in family. The heroes are cousins, and the heroines are sisters, and I loved the chance to explore how the two extended families come together, and how their relationships develop.
Loretta: So what's next for the Wylder sisters?
Isabella: Look for middle sister Lizzie's story in WHEN THE DUCHESS SAID YES, coming in September, 2012, and youngest sister Diana's story in WHEN THE DUKE FOUND LOVE, coming in November, 2012.
Loretta: Good! Now, I just found a fabulous new shoe source....