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10 Questions for Megan Frampton

With The Lady is Daring, the latest sparkling installment in Megan Frampton’s Duke’s Daughters series—out earlier this week—the always- reliable historical romance writer delivers another happy literary marriage of red-hot sensuality and deliciously dry wit. We spoke to Frampton about writing witty characters, Latin phrases, and Clark Gable.

Megan Frampton

 

JOHN CHARLES: Who is Megan Frampton?

MEGAN FRAMPTON: I am a historical romance author who lives in Brooklyn with my husband, kid, and black cat. I am frequently snarky, I love puns and wordplay, and I am a hopeful (as opposed to hopeless) romantic.

 

How did you get started as a writer?

I was laid off from my job because of 9/11. At that time, my husband encouraged me to stay home with our kid (who was two and a half at the time), and then I realized I would go insane if I didn’t do anything, so I decided to try writing a romance, which I’d read back in the day, and had just returned to.

 

Tell us about your new book.

It’s about a know-it-all heroine who decides she’s the only person who can possibly find her runaway sister, and the hero who is accidentally along for the ride.

 

Humor is an important ingredient in your books. Describe your literary sense of humor and how you deploy it in your novels.

I love witty dialogue. One of the big inspirations for The Lady is Daring was It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert (my editor suggested it, and it was a marvelous idea). I like writing the banter between characters, and I also like it when my characters don’t take themselves too seriously (like I don’t take myself too seriously). I also like putting my characters into awkward situations, and having them ruefully remark on said awkward situation.

 

Where did you get the idea for those marvelously entertaining asides in Latin?

I thought of how Ida’s brain might work, and that she would have learned Latin on her own, and probably misapplied it when she was first learning it, and then decided she should bossily categorize anyone who wanders into her orbit.

 

What three words best describe your writing style?

Witty, light, humorous.

 

What is one romance novel you return to time and time again as a reader, and why is it so special to you?

The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh. The opening chapter has the hero and heroine—who loathe one another—having sex because the heroine is terrified of thunderstorms and wants comfort. As the book progresses, the hero is revealed (to the audience and the heroine) to be far from the licentious rake he presents himself as. I love the characters’ vulnerability and the slowly changing opinion.

 

What words do you live by?

Be kind.  

 

What’s next? 

Two things: I am waiting to hear what my editor thinks of Never a Bride, the fourth book in the Duke’s Daughters series. And I am brainstorming the first book in a new series called The Hazards of Dukes. 

 

How can readers learn more about your books and best connect with you? 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meganf

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/meganframptonbooks

Website: https://meganframpton.com/

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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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