Author Interview The Duke’s Last Hunt

02_The Duke's Last HuntHow long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid. A few years after college I began writing my first novel that actually came to completion.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

I love historical fiction. Doing research to help create a story is so rewarding for me.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I would love to write science fiction. Probably would end up more sci-fi lite, since I’m not super techy.

  • Please tell us about your book.

The Duke’s Last Hunt is a novel of romantic suspense. When the Duke of Brockenhurst expresses interest in the shy Eliza Malcolm, her family comes to visit his estate in Sussex. Unfortunately, a death in the forest puts a crimp in any burgeoning romances as a Bow Street Runner comes down from London to investigate.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

My favorite character was probably Lady Adele. She is a willful teenage girl without a lot of tact but with a good heart. I loved writing all the inappropriate things she said that embarrassed Eliza Malcolm. I don’t know that I have a least favorite character…I tend to like them all, even the “bad guys.” J

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part was getting the beginning right. My writers’ group really helped me here, giving feedback about how the introductions of the characters appeared to readers.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

My writing routine is: seize the day! I have four boys, ages five and under. I just try to write any spare minute I can.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

I started the book in May, 2015 and finished it in March, 2016, so I guess around 10 months.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I am a high school English teacher by trade, so I tend to write fairly clean prose in my first draft. It only takes me a couple days to go back and do line editing once the first draft is done. I also get feedback from beta readers and my proofreader.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

It is part of a collection of stand-alone novels that all have the same character, Jacob Pevensey, as the investigator. I don’t know how many installments are coming up…I have at least one more planned, and we’ll take it from there.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write! Don’t get bogged down in reading books about how to write. Just do it! The best way to get better is to practice.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? The blend of romance and suspense in The Duke’s Last Hunt has something for everyone.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

I would meet Rosemary Sutcliff, Lindsey Davis, and Dorothy Sayers.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

I love Georgette Heyer romances, and I love the mystery behind the romance in Julie Klassen’s books. I wanted to write something similar.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I have a lot of projects I’m trying to choose from at present. I have a medieval trilogy nagging at me to finish, a middle grade non-fiction book, and then, of course, another Regency novel with a murder mystery begging to be written.

The Duke’s Last Hunt
by Rosanne E. Lortz

Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Madison Street Publishing
Paperback; 348 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance/Suspense/Regency

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With her third London season drawing to a close, the shy Eliza Malcolm seems unlikely to find any husband, let alone a titled one. But when the hunting-crazed Duke of Brockenhurst invites the Malcolms to visit Harrowhaven, Eliza’s father jumps at the chance to gain a wealthy son-in-law. Surrounded by quarreling parents, tactless acquaintances, the aloof dowager, and the unsettling duke, Eliza looks for one person kind enough to help her navigate the murky waters of Harrowhaven’s secrets….

Estranged from his brother the duke, Henry Rowland only planned to visit Harrowhaven for the afternoon, but after meeting his brother’s intended, his designs are overthrown. As misfortune strikes Harrowhaven, Jacob Pevensey is called in to investigate. Henry learns that the only way to safeguard Eliza Malcolm’s happiness is to face the past he has been running from for ten long years.


About the Author03_Author Rosanne E. Lortz

Rosanne E. Lortz (“Rose”) is a history lover, a book addict, a mom to four boys, and a native of Portland, Oregon. When she’s not writing, she teaches Latin and English composition and works as an editor at Madison Street Publishing.

Rosanne’s works include I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince, Road from the West: Book I of the Chronicles of Tancred, The Life and Death of Saint Thomas Becket: Type of Paul, Type of Peter, Type of Christ, Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors (Vol 1 & 2), To Wed an Heiress, and the upcoming The Duke’s Last Hunt.

For more information please visit Rosanne E. Lortz’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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