An earl in need of an honorable wife.
A servant in love with a man she can't have.
An evil plan that was set in motion years ago coming to fruition.
Can love conquer betrayal? Or will Emma's fairytale end at midnight?
I just had the coolest Facebook interview with Kelly Martin author of Betraying Ever After and I am here to share it with all of you. Keep scrolling after the interview for the synopsis and buy links.
- Kelly MartinI wanted to write a regency because I'd never written one (strange idea I suppose). So I sat down and thought of the story of Vaughan and Emma because I wanted it to be a fairy tale. Then the whole Mr. Dodsworth angle came in and it just got cooler from there.
- Angie SchroederMr. Dodsworth is the coolest bad guy. Did you know he would turn out like that? Did you plot him out? I mean the man collects sin! How did you come up with that?
- Kelly MartinNo. He wasn't always as cool as he is now. He's evolved in his coolness. He originally was sort of a father figure to Emma, but then I needed a villain for the story and a few authors and I were brainstorming and we came up with the basic ides of how he is now. I had him collect sins because I thought it would be really cool. He isn't titled so the titled people in the world wouldn't fear him... unless he knew things on them. That's where the sin collecting came in.
- Kelly MartinThanks. (I'm trying not to use emoticons and it is so difficult...eep!). There is a sequel. If you read Betraying Ever After, you'll find out that it is between Elizabeth and Nicholas Wellington which is another very cool 'villain'. It is based on Beauty and the Beast. I love Nicholas almost as much as I love Mr. Dodsworth. I'm also working on a super secret project which may or may not have to do with Mr. Dodsworth's backstory-- dun, dun, dun...
- Angie SchroederMore than Dodsworth? I can't wait, I love Beauty and the Beast. This super secret project that may or may not have to do with Dodsworth's backstory. Will that be available soon? ( I know what you mean I have to keep erasing smiley faces, see what happens when you get me hooked on them)
- Kelly MartinI picture her as someone who has kinda given up hope. She's lost her family. She's lost her way home. She's lost everything basically. She's broken and she has to figure out a way to accept the hand she's been dealt, which isn't a very pleasant hand.I also see her as a strong person. She's been through so much and hasn't cracked under the pressure. That is amazing if you ask me.
- Angie SchroederI can't even imagine how she pulls through it. I would have lost it, thinking that you are finally going home only to find out that you have to work off more debt that belongs to your father.
- Kelly MartinThank you. Yeah, I didn't want her to just be a downer all the time and that was really, really hard. I can't say I did it all myself. I had wonderful editors and readers (my sister) who helped flesh her out (that sounds really weird... sorry)/Angie SchroederThat does not sound weird at all.Good thing you had such a great group around you to help build your characters.Vaughn, where do I start with him? He needs a wife, he was sort of a ladies man but now it is time to settle down. How is it you picture him? Obviously not your typical Prince Charming.
- Kelly MartinI'm very lucky. I have great writer friends, great reader friends. Plus my sister reads pretty much every single draft of everything I've ever written-- poor her. I do appreciate it, though, because even if I LOVE a book I've written I get into the whole, "This is the stupidest thing ever." mode. And then they talk me out of it and they are always right.
- Kelly MartinThe first mental picture of Vaughan was of a man standing in front of mirror, trying to get ready for a ball he didn't want to go to and grumbling about it lol. A bit strange, but there you go. The entire backstory came from that and it ended up being Vaughan's first scene in the book.
- Kelly MartinBoth I suppose. Elizabeth started as a 50 year old maid named Caroline. Then she morphed into closer to Emma's age when I decided I'd make it a series. William... bless him. When Mr. Dodsworth became the villain, William's role in the story evolved a lot. He was originally just the comic relief best friend... he changed quite a lot lol. You can sort of see 'old William' in his first scene with Vaughan, but as the story goes on, the more broken William becomes.
- Kelly MartinI don't like my characters (even the supporting ones) to be there just because. I want to give them a reason and a purpose. I want them to have a backstory and for them to be 'real' because they are 'real'. They are as real as the main characters and deserve to be treated that way-- I hope I don't sound crazy...
- Angie SchroederI love how you change up your writing style. Your Hindsight series, is brilliant! It got me watching Sherlock, well that and you. But it reads like you are listening to him tell you the story. You are just there. Do you think you will do more books like that series?
- Kelly MartinThe plan is for it to be a summer series. I've always thought of it like a TV show. Each book is an episode and there are three 'episodes' in a season. My plan is to write 3 more next summer.
- Angie SchroederYay, that will be fun. It reminds me of BBC, I love how you can write something as intense as that, so raw and then switch to BEA. You wrote BEA while writing the Hindsight series right?
- Kelly MartinWell, BEA was probably the hardest book I've ever written period so I don't think it mattered when I wrote it lol. Hindsight is the easiest because it is just basically stream of conscious. So, yeah, I guess it was hard going from Hindsight which is so linear to BEA which is different from anything I've ever written. I think it turned out really well though and I'm glad I stuck with it.
- Kelly MartinCan't you though? Yeah. I don't really care what a song is about as long as it makes me feel what I want the characters to feel. I need help with feelings *sideways glance*Also, I have no idea what the guys saying in that song lol. And I never want to know.
- Kelly MartinIn BEA? Ummm... wow. It has to be either the prologue scene or the scene with Vaughan and Emma on the balcony and he's taking the pins out of her hair. Yeah... that scene made me smile. Lots. I know I talk about Mr. Dodsworth a lot because he's awesome, but there is a very cool and proper love story too between Vaughan and Emma. Vaughan thinks he's found the perfect wife and Emma has this huge secret that she can't tell him. I just love them and root for them so much.
- Angie Schroederlol, I bet.Thank you for chatting with me about your book. I know you are busy with your super secret project that you will not tell me about so I really appreciate you taking the time to do this.
- Kelly MartinYou will be the first to know about the super secret project when I get the go ahead to tell the world (dang it, emoticon #2). And thanks so much for doing a chat interview. It's been really cool!
LInks:Betraying Ever AfterTitle: Betraying Ever AfterAuthor: Kelly MartinSeries: A Shattered Fairy TalePublisher: Blue Tulip Publishing