Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Madison Street Publishing
eBook & Paperback
Genre: Historical Romance
In the gaming hells of eighteenth century London, orphan Caro Worth is leading a double life. By day she plays a proper gentlewoman on the lookout for a wealthy husband. By night she plays the infamous Angelica, her fictional half-sister with a talent for cards and an ability to finance the life her respectable self has built. An introduction to a rich Marquis brings marriage and security within Caro’s grasp…until the arrival of the unpredictable and totally ineligible Mr. Tobias Felton.
Dismayed by Felton’s persistent appearances, shocking frankness, and enigmatic green eyes, Caro watches helplessly as he comes closer than anyone to guessing her secret, but when complete and utter ruin threatens, she finds that Felton’s suspicions just might become her salvation. As the walls she has built to protect herself crumble down around her, Caro learns that no matter how careful your plans, life and love have a habit of falling quite spectacularly out of control!
What inspired you to write Fool Me Twice?
Truth be told, it was the Cher song, “Welcome to Burlesque.” I was listening to it several years ago and suddenly, there she was, sitting in my imagination at a gaming table; Caro Worth. She was in a richly decorated, dimly lit Gaming Hell, but she wasn’t still for long. She rose and began to traverse the gaming tables, her dress giving away her origins as the 1770s, and the darkness of the place, creeping in at the edges as candles worked their hardest to push it away, hinting at the secrets that Caro Worth kept hidden.
And there she stayed, in my mind, winding around the tables, playing another game of cards, waiting for her story to be written. She was beckoning me, and only her face, her path, was clear to me from among the blurred faces of that hell. I couldn’t ignore her, not when she dwelt in my mind–she compelled me to write her story, from that first night in the hell where we met, until… well, that’s where it all started.
What comes first with the character: their name, looks, personality?
Their personality, definitely. It’s usually an emotion that I get, floating, blurry, but strong. Then the blurriness begins to sharpen and clarity comes and I can see what’s going on in the scene. It’s that first scene that everything stems from, like the beginning of a vine that grows and reaches over all my imagination. It’s only really as the story gets going that I begin to see the specifics of the character’s looks, but even still, there’s something elusive about them. They only become very distinct in certain scenes, like when they are glancing out of a window, smiling at a lover, or kissing… And the name comes last. In fact, quite often I change them halfway through. But strangely, when I’m choosing a name, I veto a lot of ideas because when the right one comes along, I just know it.
Who is your favorite character that you wrote?
Hmm, I would say it’s probably Lady Rebecca Fairing. I have a soft spot for Lady Etheridge too, and they are pretty similar. I like their frankness and the way it often leads to very sharp, witty repartee. A true friend is someone who speaks the truth with love, and I feel that’s what these ladies do. If I were to meet someone from Fool Me Twice, I think, apart from Caro, I’d definitely want to meet Lady Rebecca.
Are you working on a new book now?
Yes, I’m working on a few different projects at the moment. My main focus is on one set in the Georgian period. You’ll have to forgive me for my cryptic-ness here, I don’t like to tell everything before projects are finished, but I can tell you I am spending some time with a rather eccentric widow who cares not one jot for others’ opinions. Then there’s a tall aloof gentleman who is quite bewildered, yet intrigued, by her. And there are plenty of obstacles and problems that are causing untold chaos at present… That’ll have to do for now 🙂
Any tips for new authors starting out?
Write! I know that sounds crazy because you’re probably already doing it, but you really should just, write, write, write. There’s nothing like writing to help you process life, to give descent escapism, joy and satisfaction. And there’s nothing like writing to improve writing. You just have to keep going. Writing, if it were a sport, would be an endurance sport. It’s about continuing even when it’s hard, when you’re disheartened, and when you have writer’s block. It’s about writing to improve which in turn gives more enjoyment. And if you want to share your writing with others, it’s about remembering that you have a responsibility towards your audience and what you put out into the public sphere. Never be too proud to remember that, or to remember that you will always be learning.
Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.
Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.
Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel a Georgian romance will come out at the end of 2016.
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