Interview and Giveaway With Jo Bourne
I’m thrilled to have Jo Bourne here at the website! She’s a wonderful, RITA winning author of historical romance who is also one of the nicest people ever. She’s also one of my very favorite authors. If you haven’t read her yet, you really, really should. Rogue Spy, by the way, has been getting amazing reviews.
About Jo Bourne
Joanna lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt and a faux Himalayan cat.
She writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars.
She’s fascinated by that time and place – such passionate conviction and burning idealism … and really sexy clothes.
About Rogue Spy
Ten years ago he was a boy, given the name Thomas Paxton and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty.
Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding—only to find an old colleague already on the case. Pax.
Old friendship turns to new love, and as Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past, Pax is left with a choice—go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever. . .
Read an excerpt: http://www.joannabourne.com/
Q: Rogue spy. Uh oh. Without spoilers, what happens and why does she/he go rogue?!!!
You know how I write my stories with some French spies and some English spies and then there are one or two who turn out to be both.
Pax is both. He gets himself unmasked and heads back to London, where he just about immediately steps in the middle of a super-huge-evil-plot ™ (of course). He also runs into Cami.
Cami is another ambiguously double agent . Cami and Pax go way back — to when they were children. They meet. They notice they aren’t kids any more. And ba-zoing!! (Sound of Sexxy Times coming.)
Cami has one agenda. The British Spy Service has another agenda. Pax gets to choose. (He even has his own agenda, come to think of it.)
Cummon. It’s a Romance. What do think he chooses?
Q: You live in the wilderness. In a log cabin with no running water and no electricity. I heard you wrestled a bear for nuts and berries. Obviously, you won. Tell us about your thrilling battle. One time there was a huge stir here in my town when someone spotted a young bear walking along one of the creeks that run through town. I did not wrestle the bear. If I had, though, do you have any tips for me?
The bear wrestling — and, indeed, certain pre-technological details of the old domicile — may be just a tad exaggerated.
We do have a nice selection of possums/dog encounters. Here they are discussing interspecies relations through the door.
And we have deer. The dog chases them to the property line and then stops. Our grass is safe.
The deer walk off, sniggering to themselves.
Q: Pets. Tells us about your pets and how they help you write. Or not.
I have a writer cat. Everybody needs a writer cat.
She is particularly generous with her fur.
I find it everywhere in the crevices of the keyboard.
Q: You get a phone call from your agent. You’re being offered $10 Million to write any screenplay you want, movie is guaranteed to be made by the director of your choice. What story would you pick and why?
Of my own books? I think Forbidden Rose is the most cinematic. Maybe the only cinematic one.
I’d start it at the gates of Paris and go for a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ vibe..
Q: Favorite meal? Assume you don’t have to cook it or clean up afterward.
Pasta in brodo for soup. Broiled lobster with asparagus and maybe a nice beet-and-burrata salad. Lemon ice for dessert with a little thin lemon wafer cookie planted proudly in the top.
Q: What’s next for you?
Séverine’s story. It’s fairly late in sequence. 1820 and some. I had to research a Long Time to find the political background here. And having set Rogue Spy in London, I’m putting Séverine in Paris.
Where to Find Jo
Jo is giving away paper copy of Rogue Spy to a US winner.
Rules: Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter and have a US mailing address. Winner chosen at random from among the commenters at my blog. Comment before midnight Pacific, Thursday, October 30, 2014. An alternate winner will be chosen if the winner does not reply to my notification after 10 days.
To enter, answer this question in the comments: If you were a Rogue Spy, what would you wear?