Emily grew up in a house full of words and books -- her mother worked as a librarian and her father was a novelist – so perhaps it’s not surprising that she became a writer.
She loves to travel and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe, and journeyed overland in the Middle East, China, North Africa, and North America. She enjoys climbing hills, yoga workouts, and watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.
Emily writes fantasy novels (with strong elements of romance) as Emily Gee, and regency romance novels as Emily Larkin.
Hi Emily! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me. I hope my questions aren't too tedious!
Adria, thanks for having me as a guest! It’s always fun to talk about writing and books. :-D
Congratulations on The Countess's Groom, I read it and you managed to create a fully fleshed out story, which isn't all that common in novellas. At least not in a lot of the ones I've read. What inspired you to write Will and Rose's story?
I’m glad you found The Countess’s Groom fully fleshed out, Adria! This story sprang into existence while I was writing The Spinster’s Secret, a historical romance about an impoverished young lady who writes pornography to earn her living. She uses an old diary she’s found that tells of a love affair between a countess and her groom, and I thought...why not write that love story too?
For readers who aren't familiar with you or The Countess's Groom, can you tell them about the novella and a little bit about yourself?
The Countess’s Groom is the story of a young countess (Rose) and the servant who tends her horses (Will). Rose is trapped in an abusive marriage and Will offers to help her escape. They were great characters to write -- the beautiful aristocrat sold into marriage to pay her father’s debts, and the heroic and resourceful servant who rescues her.
As for me, I’m addicted to traveling, and I love hiking and yoga and Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
A fellow Buffy fan?! I'm Team Faith. Gotta love a rogue brunette slayer! I also noticed in your bio that you like Firefly as well. You've got great taste!
What kind of atmosphere do you like when you're writing? Do you listen to music or do you prefer to have it quiet?
I like a window to look out of, a cat curled up on my desk, and headphones playing quiet music.
So far, what would you say has been the best thing about being a published author?
It gives me license to daydream! (And I like to daydream. A lot.)
So do I! I used to get into trouble in school for zoning out during lectures. I was always living out adventures in my head.
If you were to recommend two romance novels to someone, one of yours and one by another author, which two would you suggest and why?
Of my own...I guess I’d recommend The Spinster’s Secret, because I had so much fun writing the historical porn and hopefully readers will enjoy it too! By another author...I’ll go with Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie, which is funny and clever and has some great sex scenes.
What are you currently working on?
I’m writing a fantasy novel under my other name, Emily Gee. The working title is Fire Prince, and it has shapeshifters and fire mages and assassins and orphans and princesses in peril, so it’s fun to write! It’s due out next year and is the sequel to The Sentinel Mage.
Ooo sounds interesting. I'll be sure to keep an eye open for those.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Just that it’s been a pleasure chatting with you, Adria. Thanks for having me as a guest!
Thank you Emily for your time and patience and best of luck to you on all your upcoming projects!
Title: The Countess’s Groom
Author: Emily Larkin
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Imprint: Entangled Flirt
Rose, the Countess Malmstoke, is trapped in a marriage from hell. Escape seems impossible—until her horse groom Will Fenmore offers to help her find a way out.
Will has loved Rose since she was brought to Creed Hall as a new bride, but their relationship has only ever been that of mistress and servant. Born worlds apart, Will knows he could never be her husband, but maybe he can be her salvation.
As they plan her escape to the American colonies, Rose learns to trust Will with her life and her heart, but trusting him with her body is another matter. Can she conquer her fear of the marriage bed? Is the future she dreams of—being Will’s wife—possible?
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