Interview with Elizabeth Meyette, author of Love’s Courage
09 Jan 2018
What can you tell us about your new release, Love’s Courage?
Love’s Courage is book three in The Brentwood Saga set during the American Revolution. Here is a peek at what happens:
She had to leave him to save her father. He had to follow her to save his heart.
Jenny Sutton leaves Williamsburg, Virginia and Andrew Wentworth, the man she loves, and sets sail for British occupied Manhattan to tend to her dying father. Aboard the Destiny, Jonathon Brentwood makes a request of Jenny that will entangle her in the network of spies serving the Patriot cause. With her father already under suspicion, Jenny’s activities must be hidden from the watchful eyes of British troops. But she has caught the eye of British officer Lieutenant Nigel Ashby, who is aware of her sympathies, yet offers her protection through marriage. Only by accepting his proposal will Jenny avoid the hangman’s noose … and lose Andrew forever.
Desperate to join—and protect—Jenny, Andrew Wentworth agrees to deliver messages to Patriot troops on his journey to New York. His route brings him face to face with those suffering under British rule. The fight for independence and his desire to reach Jenny become intertwined. Arriving in Manhattan, Andrew is arrested as a spy by the British officer coercing Jenny into marriage. She may be saved from the gallows, but will Andrew?
As war rages around them, Jenny and Andrew must find the courage to fight for their new country’s freedom and their own eternal love.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Well, I used to teach high school English, so many of my favorites are the classics:
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
- Gone with Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Who is your favorite couple from literature?
Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Hands down. I know it’s so cliché, but I love those two. Her fiery independence and his inability to help himself from falling in love.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
My first guest would be Harper Lee. I would ask her if she really wanted Go Set a Watchman published.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love it when my writing surprises me. When a character does something unexpected, or there’s a twist in the story I wasn’t expecting. For example, once there was a knock on the door in a scene. I didn’t know who it was, but I had a guess. When my heroine answered the door, it was a character I’d never expected to show up in the story again. Since I’m a “pantser” (I write by the seat of my pants rather than with an outline) this happens frequently, and I actually feel gleeful (Yes, I even clap my hands).
What scene in Love’s Courage was your favorite to write?
I love the scene where Andrew and Jenny are first reunited. She’s disguised as a boy because she’s delivering a message for the spy ring. At one point, she can’t figure out why he’s not getting romantic with her. He teases her saying she looks like a lad. She pulls off her hat, freeing her hair to flow down around her shoulders and, … well, that takes care of that.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Yes. “She believed she could, so she did.”
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