10 Questions for Regina Scott

Regina Scott knew she was destined to become a writer the minute she finished her first story, “Mummies at the Lake,” in the third grade. She put that dream on hold in order to pursue more financially secure jobs—preschool teacher, day-care professional, and communications specialist among them. Later, when she realized that the only thing she had written since as an adult was a technical manual, she decided it was time for a change. With a love for traditional Regency romances and some help from the Romance Writers of America’s Beau Monde chapter, she made a plan to break into publishing.

Scott published her first traditional Regency, The Unflappable Miss Fairchild, in 1998. More followed, as did a few Regency historical romances, including two written under the pseudonym Regan Allen. In 2011, Scott branched out into the Inspirational romance market with The Irresistible Earl. She wrote more inspirational novels set in both Regency England and the American West. Now, 20 years and more than 40 novels after her first book, Scott can definitely call herself a writer. I spoke with her upon the publication of her latest work, Frontier Matchmaker Bride, out this month from Harlequin.


Who is Regina Scott?

Regina Scott is a writer who fell in love with history at an early age. A hopeless romantic, it wasn’t surprising that her first attempts at publishing involved happily ever afters. Since then, she’s penned more than 40 works of warm, witty historical romance, some set in the marvelous Regency period and others closer to home in her native Pacific Northwest.


What’s your new book about?

An incorrigible matchmaker—you know the type. The friend who won’t rest until everyone she knows is as happily in love as she is. Beth Wallin, the heroine of Frontier Matchmaker Bride, grew up watching her five older brothers fall in love. She had to give them a good shove in most cases. Now her matchmaking skills have earned her the attention of the most influential women in Seattle. The problem? To be admitted to their ranks she must find a match for the man who once spurned her love. Deputy Sheriff Hart McCormick just might be Beth’s first matchmaking miss, unless they can both come to realize she is his perfect match.


Frontier Matchmaker Bride is part of your Frontier Bachelors series. What kinds of research did you do for the books in the series, and what is the most interesting thing you discovered while researching these books?

For this series, it’s almost the other way around. I first learned about the Mercer Belles when I was ten. You see, after the Civil War, there were many widows and orphans on the East Coast, and many lonely bachelors on the West. So, an industrious gentleman named Asa Mercer decided to connect them. He went back east and recruited women to come to Seattle. He told them they were needed to help civilize the area and bring culture. In truth, he’d already accepted money from local men to bring them brides. There was even a television series based on the effort: Here Come the Brides. I was so enamored of the idea that I did my final senior high school paper on what happened to those women and the contributions they made to pioneer society, researching in the archives of the Washington Historical Society. I’ve continued researching them ever since. So, when my editor evinced interest in me trying something outside the Regency era, I offered up the idea of pioneer Seattle. The first five books in the series feature Mercer Belles as heroines.


What is it about the West as a setting that most appeals to you as a writer?

It’s an absolute pleasure to be writing about history that happened in my own backyard. I can go see the places my characters lived and worked, and I don’t have to book a cross-Atlantic flight to get there!


If they were to make a movie of Frontier Matchmaker Bride, who would you want cast in the leading roles?

Annasophia Robb as Beth and Christian Bale as Hart. And Beth’s oldest brother Drew Wallin, the patriarch of the family, would be played by Chris Hemsworth. (Yeah, I dream big.


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What do you know now about the writing business that you wish you had known when you first started out?

How much readers want to fall in love, not just with the characters but with the world they inhabit. We all need a place of safety, a community that makes us feel valued. Books can give us that place.


Describe your writing style in three words.

Warm, witty adventure.


What romance novel should be required reading for everyone and why?

That’s an impossible question to answer! One of the things I love about romance novels is that there is something for every taste—amazing tales of the paranormal or urban fantasy, the thrilling danger of romantic suspense, the sweeping grandeur or elegance of historical romance, the sass or poignancy of a contemporary romance. Adventure, mystery, fantasy, faith—you’ll find them all among the romance novels of today, whatever your age.


What’s next?

I’m returning to my beloved Regency period this summer with the start of a new series about the mysterious owner of an employment agency for gentlewomen down on their luck, and her matchmaking cat, Fortune. Fortune’s Brides debuts in May with Never Doubt a Duke.


How can readers best connect with you?

Visit me at my website, www.reginascott.com, follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorreginascott, join me in exploring history at my blog at www.nineteenteen.com, or come see what inspired my work on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/reginascottpins.



About the Author:

The Romance Writers of America 2002 Librarian of the Year, Charles has been reviewing romances for Booklist since 1999 and is the author of Romance Today: An A to Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance. After working for the Scottsdale Public Library System for 30 years, Charles retired and went to work for Scottsdale's independent bookstore the Poisoned Pen, where he still gets to push books but has to deal with far fewer computer questions.

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