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Interview: Bianca Blythe

Welcome to our spotlight on HOW TO CAPTURE A DUKE by Bianca Blythe!

Keep reading to find out more about the book and read an exclusive interview with the author.

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One reclusive bluestocking…

Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying Grandmother worries about Fiona’s future, Fiona stammers that she’s secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.

One dutiful duke…

Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He’s off to propose to London’s most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he’s vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton’s expectations.

One fallen tree…

When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highwaywoman. Evidently he’s not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger…

Release Date: January 26, 2016

Genre: Historical Romance



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Bianca BlytheBorn in Texas, Wellesley graduate Bianca Blythe spent four years in England. She worked in a fifteenth century castle, though sadly that didn’t actually involve spotting dukes and earls strutting about in Hessians.

She credits British weather for forcing her into a library, where she discovered her first Julia Quinn novel. Thank goodness for blustery downpours.

Bianca now lives in Massachusetts with her boyfriend, though she will admit to craving warm scones and clotted cream. She’s not certain she can admit to reading about handsome, roguish dukes, at least in a location where her boyfriend might stumble upon the fact.

But if any readers are stumbling upon this, rest assured that she does write about rather swoon worthy heroes 🙂

Bianca Blythe

Charming, Entertaining, Regency Romances

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If you could have any setup for a writing space, what would that ideal space look like?

I’m exceedingly happy if I have an armchair, a wonderful view, and a hot, caffeinated drink. Fortunately, there are some very comfortable armchairs at my local library, and I love working there.


What is your favorite thing about writing historical fiction?

It’s wonderful escapism. I love writing description and imagery, and I think it’s a genre that fits well with my writing style. I can also get away with wilder plots.


What is the most challenging part of writing historical fiction?

The research. I love it, but it can be frustrating when I’m struggling to verify a detail.


Who is your favorite author of historical romance? Why?

So hard to say! But I discovered historical romance through Julia Quinn, so I have a definite soft spot for her work. I love her voice. I like using fresh dialogue, while still maintaining historical accuracy.


What was (or is) the biggest roadblock for you in terms of starting a writing career?

Learning how to write well is a time consuming process, though it is incredibly rewarding. It took me a while to understand that the writers I most admired likely didn’t always write perfect prose, and that writing was a craft I could learn.


Do you have any words of wisdom for people who want to become published authors?

Join a critique group. I also really recommend craft workshops. RWA offers many online, very affordable workshops. There are also many wonderful craft books. A lot of attention is paid to marketing and publishing quickly, but you won’t get anywhere without a solid book.


When you aren’t writing, what is your favorite way to pass time or relax?

I enjoy cooking and listening to podcasts. I also really like traveling—just as long as I don’t have to do any of the driving 🙂


What is your opinion about writing groups (both offline and online)?

They can be really wonderful! I started out on Scribophile, an online critique group. My writing improved so much through critiquing other’s people work, and having them critique mine. It also really helped me in the beginning to actually have a group of people waiting to read my story. Before I joined Scribophile, I had never actually finished a book before.

My favorite writer’s forum is RomanceDivas—the people there are so warm and welcoming.


Thank you so much, Bianca, for taking the time to answer my questions!

Readers, you can check out my review of How to Capture a Duke by clicking HERE.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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