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Author Interview with Matilda Madison

A Duke Makes a Deal comes out tomorrow! Matilda was kind enough to answer some questions for us.

You can get your copy of this delightful historical romance HERE!

Did you always know you wanted to be an author? What is the first story you remember writing? How did you get from there to where you are today? 

I knew I always wanted to tell stories. At first I thought I wanted to be an actor because as a kid I thought that actors wrote and directed and produced. As I got older I realized that writers were actually where all the story telling came from.

The first proper story I wrote I was a teenager and going through a rough patch and I used writing to remove myself from my reality. I wanted to write a story where everything worked out for my characters, particularly because it doesn’t work like that in the real world. After that first one, I couldn’t stop and I wrote, long hand, for years. Stories about anything and everything until I realized that the common theme in my stories was romance.

What is the most inspiring place you’ve visited and has it shown up in one of your books?

I’ll say, the most visceral reaction to a place I’ve been to was the Scottish Highlands. My husband and I did a cross-country trip of the U.K. as a belated honeymoon back in 2015. I’ve always been a fan of England and all things British, but when we reached the Highlands, I felt like I was always meant to be there. I recently wrote a Victorian romance that takes place in Glencoe, Scotland!

Where is your favorite place to write? Does it change depending on where you are in the process?

Usually, I write at my desk which is set up in my living room, but on Tuesdays and Thursdays I meet up with a writer friend and we will go to the library or coffeeshop or brewery and write there. It’s a real joy to have a friend in the profession work out ideas or problems or complain and rejoice about the highs and lows of being an author.

Which comes first for you: the plot or the characters?

Usually, it’s a scene. If I’m on a long car trip or trying to fall asleep at night, my mind will wonder and I think up a character and how they might react to a scandalous situation. I’ll let it ruminate in my mind for a few days and if I start adding backstory to my characters or nuances to their personalities, usually it means I have a story. From there, I’ll do a character analysis and then try to flesh out a plot. Thinking up a story is my favorite part of the process.

Do you write better in the morning or evening? How do you handle the distractions of working from home, especially if you’re sharing the space with others?

I do most of my work in the morning, but if I’m on deadline or on a writing streak, I can put on my headphones and draft in the evenings. During the school year, it’s fantastic because I can treat it like a regular job, but summers are more difficult. I’m hoping to get in a solid two hours a day during the summer months which means I’ll be waking up before everyone else just to have some time to focus.

From all your books, who is your favorite hero and why?

What a difficult question! I love all my heroes so much, but I think I’m particularly fond of Silas Winters, Duke of Combe. He’s my hero in A Duke Makes a Deal and he’s a man dealing with a crippling anxiety issue and has to learn how to deal with his mental health. There’s nothing sexier than a man who takes care of his own issues.