Hey there! Today I have a special treat for you guys as Lucette Nel is joining us today to chat about her newest novella, A Match of Sorts. You can check out my review here.
About the Book:
As Christmas approaches, widowed Reverend Caleb Brennan needs a wife, or his vengeful father-in-law will take his young daughters. When his mail-order bride jilts him, Caleb grows desperate. During a storm, he finds an unconscious boy outside his home with signs of foul play. Despite his previous misfortune, obligation compels Caleb to lug the stranger inside. But as he provides first aid, he discovers more than he expected. Bounty hunter Grace Blackwell refuses to owe a debt to any man, especially one as charming as Reverend Brennan. To repay him for saving her life, Grace agrees to pose as his mail-order bride. If their ploy is discovered, Caleb could lose his daughters. But in their pretense, the reverend and the bounty hunter might just both lose their hearts.
Hi Lucette! Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today.
Hi Becky! Thanks for having me! * Sips coffee*
Tell us a little bit about your inspiration behind A Match of Sorts.
I’ve always loved ‘Marriage of convenience’ inspired stories. And I’ve been busy writing three of them, A Match of Sorts being the first. ☺
Imagine your book was to be a movie. If you could pick anyone to play your main cast, who would you pick?
I have a Pinterest board especially for A Match of Sorts!
For Caleb Brennan, I used Michiel Huisman from The Age of Adeline as inspiration! Beard and all ☺
For Grace, it was a little mix between Sharon Stone and Ingrid Bolso Berdal from Westworld.
Who was your favorite character to write about?
I adored Ellen☺. I had to cut several scenes about her due to word count restrictions.
Ellen is a super fun character! Tell us a little about Ellen and why she’s your favorite.
When I developed Ellen’s character I needed someone that will balance Luke’s stoic demeanor. She’s the character that will anticipate the silver lined clouds, the light at the end of the tunnel.
Did you have to do any research on the historical timeline? What was your favorite thing you’ve come across?
I usually need to do extensive research about the areas I write about.
For A Match of Sorts, I enjoyed most researching my heroine’s Sharp rifle ☺
What was the weirdest thing you’ve discovered in your research?
Putting sugar on wounds ☺ I didn’t use it, but I’m tempted to use it in a future story. ☺
Do you have a playlist that you listen to while you’re writing?
I’m one of those annoying people that find one song and listens to it a billion times on replay! I drive everyone around me nuts.
Ooh, fun! What is the current song that is on repeat right now?
Right now it’s a song that doesn’t even fit into my normal music taste! Immigrant’s Song by Led Zeppelin. I watched and LOVED Thor Ragnarok on Tuesday night ☺
If you could spend the day with one of your characters, who would you pick and what would you do?
I would spend it with Abby and Libby. I love kids. If we spend it together in their time period, we would probably be baking something (not that I’m a proficient baker) and if we spend it in my time I would take them for milkshakes and maybe a movie.
Before you go, are you currently working on any other projects?
I am! Currently working on two full-length novels that I hope to submit to Pelican Book Group for their consideration. Both with a thread of marriage of convenience.
About Lucette Nel:
Lucy Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She’s a mommy to a rambunctious toddler and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with three spoiled Pugs, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.