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Margaret Rowe

Margaret Rowe is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances.

Any Wicked Thing

One disastrous night

At twenty-one, Sebastian Goddard, heir to the duke of Roxbury, desperately sought diversion from a life smothered by peerage and position. His quest led him to one night of reckless passion, resulting in betrayal by his oldest friend Frederica Wells, and the discovery of his father’s darkest secret. Reeling from the devastation, he embarked on a ten-year debauch that well earned him the nickname–”Lord of Sin.”

One delicious bargain

Now Sebastian has returned to find his late father’s estate in ruins and Freddie more seductive than ever. He’s determined to drive her from Goddard Castle to pay her back for her deception and to protect his own dark secret. But Freddie makes him an offer he can’t resist…she’ll be his mistress for a month if he’ll consent to sell her the crumbling castle afterward.

Everything he could desire

The Lord of Sin plans to shock and scandalize Freddie—to tease her every desire and leave her wanting. But his fiery-willed lover soon teaches him the past may not be what it seemed, the present more tempting than he could have imagined, and the future filled with more promise than he dared dream. For thirty-one nights is not nearly enough when you’ve been given a license to do any wicked thing…

Beyond The Book - Margaret Rowe: Any Wicked Thing

Lee : Please tell us a little bit about yourself that is not commonly known.

Margaret: I started college when I was fifteen. But I don't think I'm as smart anymore. :)

Lee : How long have you been writing?

Margaret: Since June 2003. It wasn't until 2006 that I got super-serious (or knew what I was doing). I got my wonderful agent Laura Bradford in 2008, and then Berkley Heat bought my first book in 2009.

Lee : What do you love most about being a writer?

Margaret : There's no dress code, and I can order imaginary people around. Sometimes they listen.

Lee : How many books have you got under your belt now? What's the journey been like since you became published? Does the thrill ever fade?

Margaret : I write under two names, and both of me have had five books published since May 2010. I am still giddy seeing my names on books and knowing people are reading my words. It's pretty surreal. I have a great support system of family and critique partners, the Vauxhall Vixens, to share the ups and downs with.

Lee : What do you find most interesting about life in England during the Regency era?

Margaret : There were so many rules that my heroines insist on breaking.

Lee : Please tell us about the premise of Any Wicked Thing. What sparked the idea for this novel?

Margaret : A medieval scholar spinster makes a deal with the devilish duke she's loved since she was a girl to buy his ruined castle. She'll do any wicked thing to get it, and they both get much more than they bargained for.

Lee : Will there be more books connected to this one? Whose story is next?

Margaret : I'd love to give secondary character Cameron Ryder his own happy ending, but we'll see.

Lee : What's your writing process? Do you have a set routine?

Margaret : I write best very early in the morning. I used to get up at 4 or 5 AM to write for several hours before work, but I quit my job last spring to write fulltime. I still prefer mornings, though.

Lee : Describe Frederica's character.

Margaret : Freddie is smart and stubborn, a nurturer who decides to take care of her own needs for the first time in her life.

Lee : Tell us more about Sebastian's personality. What makes him tick?

Margaret : Sebastian is the ultimate unrepentant bad boy who finds happiness where he least expected to.

Lee : Do you flesh out all your secondary characters before you start the writing process or do they sort of take life as you write?

Margaret : Everything takes life as I write—I have a tough time sticking to an outline. I'm definitely in the dark most of the time until the fingers hit the keys.

Lee : What was the best or most fun part about writing this story? The not-so-great part?

Margaret : I've completed seven novels, two novellas and one short story to date, and AWT is my favorite. (Shh, don't tell the others.)I loved pitting virtuous Freddie against seductive Sebastian and allowing them to change themselves and each other. There was nothing not-so-great about anything, except waiting the year to see it in print!

Lee : What do you enjoy doing when you aren't writing?

Margaret : Travel, read and hang out at the lake with my family. I've just come back from a Caribbean cruise, have a research trip to England and Wales planned for April, Las Vegas in May, and the Romance Writers of America convention in NYC in June. After that I'll be sitting on the dock with my Nook in my lap.

Lee : What sort of research did you have to do for this book? What's the most interesting thing you discovered research wise, while writing Any Wicked Thing?

Margaret : Even though this is a Regency-set novel, I did a lot of research on the medieval era, since Freddie is supposed to be an expert. The most alarming thing I learned was that during a siege, one castle was breached by some enterprising fellows who climbed up the latrine drain. I gag writing those words—could never have done it!

Lee : Based on everything you know today about the publishing industry and making it as a writer, is there anything you'd do differently if you had to do it all over again?

Margaret : I wish I'd started sooner, but I was raising four kids and didn't have any extra wits about me.

Lee : What advice would you give aspiring writers today?

Margaret : Write every single day, even if it's just a few paragraphs. Know that you may have to give up things—I haven't watched TV in years, although I still read People so I know who the Kardashians are.

Lee : How may fans contact you?

Margaret : Please contact me through my website . I'm a very occasional Twitterer as @MaggieLRobinson and on Facebook as Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe