Good day to you all, Rach here, as Jo is off lounging round a pool in sunny Spain I’m hijacking her blog! Here’s my interview with the lovely KJ Charles whose A Charm of Magpies Series is a firm favourite of mine and Jo’s.
Welcome, I was going to offer you tea or coffee but it seems champagne is in order! Massive congratulations on your publishing deal with Loveswept for your Society of Gentlemen trilogy. You must be very excited, it’s a double whammy, being that it’s going to be Loveswept’s first queer romance.
I’m absolutely thrilled. I feel very strongly that queer and het romance should be published side by side and I’m so happy that the big publishers are starting to do that. And obviously I’m thrilled to be in the vanguard of this. I just hope I can do a suitably good job to fly the flag…
As a huge fan I’m extremely excited too!
It’s only been just over a year since The Magpie Lord was released, did you ever think then that a year later you would be writing full-time?
Good grief, no. I expected Magpie Lord to sell about 12 copies. I was amazed by the reception it got. I started wondering what it would take to go full-time in spring, when it became apparent that I had my writing mojo back. We set a date of Christmas to look at the money, but I was very unhappy in my job, and then I got signed by the wonderful Deidre Knight, my agent, and my husband said, the hell with it, hand in your notice and give it a try. That obviously was extremely scary, so it was, on the whole, pretty nice to flog a trilogy to Loveswept within a month of leaving the job.
Hahaha yes I can imagine, and a relief! The Magpie Lord was the first full length historical I’d read, I never thought I’d be interested in reading them, it was only Jo who convinced me and since then historical has become one of my favourite genres. So thank you for the introduction.
There are 3 Charm of Magpie books and a novella, is Flight going to be the last outing of Lord Crane and the lovely Stephen Day?
Oooh. Well. There’s the novella (which is Charm of Magpies 2.5, but publisher reasons) in January. Then, in February, there’s Jackdaw, which basically tells the story of Jonah, one of the villains from Flight of Magpies. Which is fun because just as Jonah is Stephen and Crane’s antagonist in Flight, they turn up as the antagonists in Jackdaw. Well, the hero and the villain all depend on which way you look at the story, after all. /evil grin/
So Stephen and Crane will be back for that. Otherwise, not sure. I think the story arc that began in Magpie Lord is finished, definitely, but there are doubtless adventures to be had and the world opening up for them. I’ve nothing planned, but it’s not ruled out, put it that way!
I’m really looking forward to reading all about Jonah and Ben in Jackdaw, it’s going to be interesting to see Stephen as the villain (though I’m sure I’ll adore him just the same). Is Jackdaw a standalone?
It is a standalone, definitely. It wasn’t a book I planned to write at all, the story just took hold of me, but I’m really happy with it. In part, it was such enormous fun to show Crane and Stephen from the outside. When you aren’t privy to their thoughts and feelings and care, and when you’re on the wrong side, Stephen can be quite the bastard. Just as Jonah is*not* hero material in Flight of Magpies…
I’m glad we only have few months to wait.
You have another duo that are much-loved, will we be hearing some more from The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal?
Oh yes. Discussion is underway, so I can’t confirm anything on dates, but there will be a full set of Simon Feximal stories coming. It’ll be a kind of novel in short stories, various cases and happenings to cover about five years of their lives. I already know how it’s going to end. I’ll be writing those in between the Regency trilogy, keep my hand in with Victorian paranormal…
Excellent! We definitely need more of them.
I’ll let you go in just a minute Just a couple of quick ones for you.
What’s your favourite genre to read?
Who is your automatic buy author?
Historical and fantasy all the way, and ideally both. I’m not a massive contemporary reader generally. Autobuy authors…Alexis Hall, Harper Fox, Jordan L Hawk, Alex Beecroft, to name but four.
I hardly ever touch BDSM as it mostly just isn’t me, but I really enjoyed How to Train Your Dom. Very human and likeable and really interesting power balances!
Ahh yes, I loved it too, though I’m slightly biased lol!
Thank you so much for your time, I’m going to go curl up on my sofa with Flight now
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