{Author Interview}: The Promise by D.D. Chant

The Promise (The Lady Quill Chronicles, #1)
by D.D. Chant
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Dear Reader,
I wish to tell you a tale that began with a promise destined to change the lives of many.
When only a child, Lady Adele of Berron lost her family during a dreadful battle and was betrothed to a stranger.
Lord Rafe of Valrek, only a boy himself when the battle of Calis raged, grew to be a feared warrior and trusted advisor to his King. But sadness filled his past and Adele served only to remind him of all he had lost.
However the promise that bound these two together caused great anger to some.
What, Dear Reader, happened in those days of treachery and darkness? Incline your ear that I may whisper the secrets that you so desire to hear......
Lady Quill

Q: Do you like classic novel remakes or do you prefer the original?
I prefer the original but sometimes the remakes can be fun!

Q: Where do you see your writing 20 years from now?  (Will you still be YA?)
Yes, my books will always be sweet romances because that is what I like to read myself.

Q: What inspired you to base "The Promise" in Saxon England?
I love historical romance and it was the perfect setting for the story I had in mind. The plot focuses on honour and loyalty, in particular the loyalty between the foster brothers that they put over and above everything else.

Q: How did you come up with the names of the characters?
Apart from Rafe and Adele’s names which I chose because I thought they fit their characters best, all of the others are Saxon names.

Q: Is the romance in this novel based on a true story?
I think that the awkwardness and uncertainty is definitely something that we can all relate to but it isn’t a romance that has actually happened no.

Q: Will there be a sequel?
Yes! ‘The Promise’ is the start of a series called ‘The Lady Quill Chronicles’ each book will centre on a different foster brother but they are all tied together by the same story arc. There will be at least 5 books in the series.

Q: What's the hardest thing about writing a "love story"?
I think the first 30.000 words are the hardest as you’re still feeling out the story and the characters. Also not getting too excited! Sometimes you have so many ideas filling your head and you have to rein in and remember to slow down, especially toward the end.

Q: What's the easiest thing about writing a "love story"?
When you’re over 30.000 words and the story starts to take shape, you know your characters and you know exactly where you’re going next.

Q: Do you ever worry your content could be too steamy for underage readers?
Lol! No, that’s not a problem for me! To me romance is about the little things, the things that are mundane and only mean so much because they are between you and that particular person. Like sitting on the same small bench with the person that you're attracted to, you might sit next to someone on a bus or on the tube and not really notice the proximity. But because this is them it suddenly becomes a big deal, you're aware of every inch that separates you and feel  every breath he takes. That is what I love reading about: the emotions that are inspired by this person just being there! That  is what romance means to me anyway!

Q: In general: Cliff hanger or happy ending?
Depends: if there is going to be more books I’m fine with a cliff hanger, if not I’m a sucker for a happy ending!

Q: In general: Love triangles....yay or nay?

I just can’t take it if both guys are nice and one has to be disappointed, it’s not fair!!! Plus if it’s the alpha/beta combination I always want the beta to get the girl and I’m always disappointed!

Q: In general: love at first sight or wooing?
Wooing every time!!! To me love at first sight just means that both leads are shallow and only care about the others appearance. Having someone ‘fall in love’ with you because you’re pretty is NOT a compliment! He doesn’t like you, he couldn’t care less about you, (your personality, your likes and dislikes or your thoughts) the jerk’s only interested in your assets!!!

Q: Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for the interview! I had great fun!!!

About the Author:
Hi everyone!
        My name is Dee Dee, I’m twenty five and I live in a beautiful part of Devon, England with my family. I have a younger sister, Amy who is a brilliant guitar player, some chickens, Duck, geese, pheasants, a cat (that adopted us when we moved in!!!) and some Koi.
        Broken City is actually my second novel. My first, as my Aunt so delicately put it, was crazy but in my defence I was only sixteen at the time. On the plus side I learnt a lot (or so I hope) and two years later ‘Broken City’ was finished. Due to the support I have received from everyone I have just started work on the next in the Broken City series!
        I have written another book ‘The Promise’, which is set in Saxon England it’s the beginning of a series and I have just finished my third book which is set in the distant future and is also the start of a series. It will be available for purchase early next year!!!
        I really hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.
        I love reading and have a kindle: I read almost anything with adventure and romance in it! I also like to cook and wear impractical high heels!!! And as you might have noticed I have a horrible addiction to exclamation marks!!!


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