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Which brother do you find you relate to the most, why?
I can’t imagine creating a character I don’t relate to in some way. Even if it’s just a tiny grain of emotion, I look for something in myself that can grow into a fictional person. So there are bits in each of the Gresham brothers that resonate strongly with me.
As an eldest child, I relate to Nathaniel’s sense of responsibility and feeling that he’s the one meant to take care of things. I wouldn’t go so far as to see the rest of the Gresham guys as a bunch of young puppies, but Nathaniel might.
I relate to James’ sense of adventure and love of travel. Lately, I’ve done a lot of moving around, though never sailed to the other side of the world as he does.
I certainly relate to Randolph’s love of literature. My favorite poet may be Mary Oliver while his is George Herbert, but the impulse is the same. We’re both deeply moved by splendid writing.
I relate to Robert’s enjoyment of wit and scintillating conversation. No doubt he’s better at it than I am. We won’t talk about my fashion sense.
I relate to Alan’s curiosity about how the natural world works. I remember being fascinated by biochemistry for a while when I was in school. There was something mesmerizing about benzene rings. Then I found out about the amount of math involved in this discipline and turned back to my first love, literature.
I relate to Sebastian’s satisfaction in being self sufficient in the outdoors. I may not have his skill at riding. In fact, whenever I’ve gone horseback riding my mount has sensed that I’m not in charge and stopped to eat grass along the side of the road. But I know my way around a wilderness camp.
Which brother do I most identify with? That’s a difficult question. I think, as has often been said, I’m closest to the one I’m writing about at the moment. There’s nothing like spending time inside someone’s point of view to make you feel close.
Title: Heir to the Duke
Author: Jane Ashford
Series: the Duke’s Sons, #1
Pubdate: January 5th, 2016
Book 1 of The Duke’s Sons series
From bestselling author Jane Ashford comes a brand new series of sparkling Regency Romance
Life is predictable for a Duke’s first son
As eldest son of the Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere as just another obligation to fulfill—highly suitable, if unexciting. But as Violet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling young duchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel sets out to prove he’s a match for his new bride’s vivacity and daring.
Or so he once thought…
Oppressed by her family all her life, Lady Violet can’t wait to enjoy the freedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family’s sordid secret, and she’s faced with an impossible choice—does she tell Nathaniel and risk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Twenty-six of her new and backlist Regency romances are being published by Sourcebooks. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She is currently rather nomadic.
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Born in Ohio, she now lives in LA. For more information, please visit http://janeashford.com/.