About the Author
Ashtyn Newbold grew up with a love of stories. When she discovered chick flicks and Jane Austen books in high school, she learned she was a sucker for romantic ones. When not indulging in sweet romantic comedies and regency period novels (and cookies), she writes romantic stories of her own across several genres. Ashtyn also enjoys baking, singing, sewing, and anything that involves creativity and imagination.
1. What top 5 books do you currently have on your TBR pile?
I recently read Making Faces by Amy Harmon, and ALL of her books are now on my TBR pile.
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world for book research (expense covered for you by an anonymous donor), where would you go and why?
I would go to England! I've been dreaming of traveling there ever since I wrote my first book. To see the places I wrote about and to be inspired by new places would be so much fun. Ireland is another place I've always wanted to go to. I think it could definitely spark some book ideas.
3. If you could go to tea from one of your characters from A Convenient Engagement, who would it be and why?
I would have to choose Aunt Margaret. She is my heroine's aunt that travels to Brighton with her. She was such a fun character to get to know. She's spunky, funny, and really kind-hearted.
4. What inspired the idea for A Convenient Engagement?
I was researching online and came across a strange practice that took place in Brighton. The waters were believed to hold a cure for certain ailments. The town employed 'dippers,' people that would stand out in the ocean and repeatedly dunk visitors under the water to 'heal' them. I thought it was so interesting! In the book, one of the characters is drawn to Brighton with hopes of being healed by the waters. The rest of the story developed from that initial idea.
5. What did you as an author take away from writing A Convenient Engagement?
My books always carry a similar theme: Love conquers all. This story taught me a lot about friendship and courage as well.
6. What is your current WIP? What can you share with us about it?
I'm working on the second book in my Brides of Brighton series. You will see characters from A Convenient Engagement, but each story in the series will stand alone. Book 2 is titled Marrying Miss Milton and will release at the end of November!
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