This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
About the Author
Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, "Why don't you write them down?" Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process—developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied—third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary—none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I'm lucky enough to write romance full time—the best job in the universe! And I'm fortunate enough to have found my own happily ever after husband.
Interview with Jane Leopold Quinn
Why did you write this book?
I'd always been fascinated by the ancient world - Rome, Greece, Egypt. When I finally took my first trip to England, the British Museum in London was a treasure trove, and the Rosetta Stone was one of the many highlights.
But what turned out to be the best for me was the Roman Museum at Bath, touring the baths, and seeing the surviving artifacts. I was totally in love with everything there and had no idea the real impact Bath would have on my life.
I took photos of everything I could see - statues, pediments, mosaics, and a row of tombstones. Roman soldiers' tombstones. I took a photo then moved on. The actual bath itself was much smaller than I'd thought but more impressive and beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
When I got home, I had my photos developed - yes, this was years before digital cameras. All the pictures turned out very well except for the one of the tombstone. The edges of the stone were sharp, but the center where it was carved was hazy. Darn! I told my friends that the Roman soldier's spirit was coming out to meet me. Haha.
About a month after that trip, I met the man who became my husband. After we'd been married a couple of years, we went back to England (he'd never been) and our tour visited some of the places I'd already seen. Bath and the Roman Museum was a repeat. I wanted to retake the tombstone photo and hoped it would come out clear this time. I wouldn't know until we got home, because I still didn't have a digital camera.
The photo was clear! This time I claimed the carving was clear because the soldier approved of my new husband.
After another many years, I began writing romance. One of my first inspirations was to write a story about a third-grade Iowan school teacher (I'd been a third-grade teacher in Dubuque, Iowa) who visits England and goes back in time to the Second Century Roman Britain. Oh, yeah, and she meets a Roman soldier. Ancient Ties was born!
What is your favorite genre to read?
Big surprise -- my favorite genre is romance. In the past I've read almost every kind of book there is -- literary fiction, mysteries, biographies, non-fiction, Mad Magazine, and for a while I binged on Pulitzer Prize winning novels. Also for a period of time I read romances. Then I didn't for years. When I first started writing, I realized it was romance. I believe in Happily Ever Afters. I can't abide crying as a book ends unless I'm crying happy tears. Since I've written in many kinds of genres, I also read all kinds -- westerns, contemporaries, Regencies, vampire. Reading has always entertained me and helped me through rough times. I can't imagine living a non-reading life.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
If I say Mr. Darcy, is that too cliché? To me he's the quintessential romance hero. Tall, handsome, hunky sure, but he's got his wounds. They weren't written by Jane Austen as we write wounded heroes nowadays, but he'd been burned by events in his life and by people like Wickham. He responded by closing down his emotions so another person couldn't touch him and hurt him. Once he looked outside his own pain and focused on Elizabeth's, then he came alive and accepted love. I've tried to write my heroes that way, warriors afraid that love will weaken them, fighting their need for a particular woman, not ever sure they will have their own happily ever after, not knowing that's the future they actually want.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I've spent the last few months working on self publishing books I got back from publishers. AND, I've been creating my own covers. I don't have Photoshop, but using what's already loaded on my computer and Paint and PowerPoint, I can make fairly simple covers. My latest, Ancient Ties, was created by my using romancenovelcovers.com for the top picture. The two lower photos of Stonehenge and the Roman Bath in Bath, England were taken by me on my trips to England. I also created a cover for two short stories I'll be releasing soon in one volume, Scorching Mini Tales, with a photo of the Eifel Tower that I took myself in Paris last summer. I've also created several other covers. It's been fun to use another creative part of my brain.
As far as writing, probably the next thing I'll work on is a western serial of short stories taking place in one small town with all the characters connected. Working title is Scorching Mini Tales of the Olde West.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Nursing a broken heart, Janney Forrester flies to England for a much needed vacation. She gets one—and much more. A drive through the countryside and the sight of a mysterious heavy gold bracelet found nestled against ruined walls draw her across the crumbling stone threshold of an ancient villa where she beholds a Roman room in perfect historical detail. To add to the unreality, there's the most gorgeous, masculine man she's ever seen, her every sensual fantasy personified. Confusion by what's happening to her vies with attraction when Janney is thrust two thousand years into the past.
Roman soldier Marek Benin Verus considers the woman suddenly appearing before him as a gift from the gods. Zeus knows he needs one! Battle fatigued and emotionally scarred after fifteen years in the army, he's on a leave of absence and has all the time in the world to devote to seducing this beautiful woman into his bed. He doesn't plan on the powerful and dangerous emotions she inspires in him.
Marek's hard, muscular body is too luscious to resist. Janney decides to risk the comfort of her safe life and carpe diem—seize the day. Marek seizes her body and takes her to the edge—and over—to an ecstasy she never knew existed. Can a new world for her, timeless desire, and a loving exploration of each other's bodies forge a passion that survives centuries of separation?
About the Book
Title - Ancient Ties
Genre - Time Travel Romance
Author - Jane Leopold Quinn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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