Five questions for Melanie Milburne
by Melanie Milburne, author of The Most Scandalous Ravensdale
What do you love most about being a romance author?
I love being caught up in the fantasy world of the romance story, spending time with my characters, travelling with them on their journey to emotional wholeness. It is like falling in love all over again! But I also love the fact I can choose my own hours.
Describe your perfect day.
An early breakfast reading the day’s paper and then a long bush or beach walk with my three dogs. It wouldn’t be a perfect day for me without a bit of writing- it seems natural to me to spend a few hours playing with my characters. After that, a break for a cup of tea and a play with the dogs teaching them some more tricks, and then a lovely dinner (hopefully cooked by someone else!) with my husband. I never tire of his company or conversation.
What inspired this story?
This is book four of the Ravensdale’s Scandals quartet. When I was brainstorming the four stories, I came up with the what-if question- What if a struggling aspiring actress found out she was the secret love child of a famous actor? The rest of the story fell into place after that. Kat Winwood wants a starring role in a London theater but refuses to even meet her biological father, much less get him to open doors for her. But her father’s lawyer has other ideas!
Kat sucked in a steadying breath, aligned her shoulders and walked to table nine with her best be-polite-to-the-annoying-customer smile stitched in place. ‘How may I help you?’
Flynn’s molasses-black gaze surveyed her tightly set features and lowered to the name badge pinned above her right breast. ‘Kathy is it, now? His smile was slow. Slow and deliberate. Amusement laced with mockery and a garnish of ‘ got you’.
Kat tried to ignore the faint prickle in her breast where his gaze had rested. ‘Would you like the usual, sir?’
His eyes gleamed. ‘In a cup, preferably. It doesn’t taste quite the same when it’s poured in my lap.’
He was baiting her. Goading her. She. Would. Not. Bite. ‘Would you like anything with your coffee?’ she asked. ‘Croissant? Muffin? Sour dough toast? Eggs? Bacon? No, perhaps not bacon. We can’t have you being a cannibal, can we?’
What was a fun scene to write?
Kat has a mouse phobia and the cat she is house sitting next door to Flynn Carlyon’s house brings in a mouse. I have a mouse phobia so it wasn’t a stretch to write that scene! I haven’t got the space to insert the whole scene but this is where Flynn comes to the rescue.
But then the stupid cat let the thing go. And it wasn’t dead! It streaked across the floor and disappeared under one of the sofas.
Kat bolted from the room so fast she could have qualified for the Olympics. She snapped the door shut behind her and fled to the front door, barely stopping long enough to grab her coat from the coat stand. She didn’t bother with gloves- she would never have got them on her shaking hands. She had only taken one flying step out of the Carstaires’ house when she came face to face with Flynn, who was walking a weird-looking dog.
He frowned and steadied her with a hand on her arm. ‘Are you all right? I heard you screaming and –’
Kat pointed back at the house with a quaking finger. ‘In-in there…Monty brought in a…a…’
‘I can’t say it,’ she said. ‘Please will you get rid of it for me? Please? I’ll never sleep knowing it’s in there.’
‘What’s in there?’
Kat absolutely never cried. Not unless it was in the script. Then she could do it, no problem. But fear colliding with relief that someone had come to her rescue made her want to throw herself on Flynn’s chest and howl like a febrile teething baby. ‘I-I have this thing…a phobia. I know it’s silly but I-I can’t help it.’
He put his gloved hand on her shoulder. Even though there were layers of fabric between his skin and hers, she felt something warm and electric go right through her body from the top of her shoulder to the balls of her feet. ‘Did Monty bring in a mouse?”
Kat squeezed her eyes shut and put her hands over her ears. ‘Don’t say that word!’
What is the best bit of relationship advice you’ve ever been given?
The two most important sentences you need in a relationship are: I love you and I’m sorry. Magical advice.
I have a signed copy (all regions) for a reader who can tell me what is their worst fear/phobia?
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Hotshot lawyer Flynn Carlyon is determined to get feisty Kat Winwood to accept her rightful place as a Ravensdale heir. Charming and deeply cynical, Flynn relishes a challenge. He will use any means he can to get Kat to bend to his will, including addictive, spine-tingling seduction!
Kat’s scandalous heritage has brought her nothing but heartache…and now trouble, in the bespoke-suited form of Flynn! He’s the most arrogantly sexy man she’s ever met, and when she ends up his reluctant neighbor, giving in to his wicked temptation is only a matter of time…