Fool Me Twice
by Philippa Jane Keyworth
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Madison Street Publishing
eBook & Paperback
Genre: Historical Romance
In the gaming hells of eighteenth century London, orphan Caro Worth is leading a double life. By day she plays a proper gentlewoman on the lookout for a wealthy husband. By night she plays the infamous Angelica, her fictional half-sister with a talent for cards and an ability to finance the life her respectable self has built. An introduction to a rich Marquis brings marriage and security within Caro’s grasp…until the arrival of the unpredictable and totally ineligible Mr. Tobias Felton.
Dismayed by Felton’s persistent appearances, shocking frankness, and enigmatic green eyes, Caro watches helplessly as he comes closer than anyone to guessing her secret, but when complete and utter ruin threatens, she finds that Felton’s suspicions just might become her salvation. As the walls she has built to protect herself crumble down around her, Caro learns that no matter how careful your plans, life and love have a habit of falling quite spectacularly out of control!
Interview with Philippa Jane Keyworth
How would you describe a typical day in the life of Philippa Jane Keyworth?
Philippa: Ha! Is anything in life typical? If we’re talking writing day, I’d say, getting up fairly early, willing myself to wear jeans instead of sweatpants, but not even for a moment thinking of relinquishing my big hoody. Then grabbing a cup, nay, a cafetière of coffee for myself, firing up the Mac and trying to get into the right headspace for whatever I’m working on that day.
I often start with a bit of social media checking/chatting, and then move on to the novel I’m working on. There is an adequate amount of time spent staring out the window while working out plot holes and ideas, music is usually blaring loudly, and eventually I manage to tap out a scene. If it’s editing, it’s slightly faster work, but fuelled by the same amount of caffeine.
I still have a day job, so obviously on those days it’s quite different to my ‘typical’ writing day. But I would say, that as much as I try and organise and boss myself around, I haven’t yet managed to stick to a ‘typical’ day.
What is it about British Regency that appeals the most to you?
Philippa: Well, it was all Jane Austen’s fault. The BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice got me hooked when I was a kid. And then Georgette Heyer was no help either…her witty novels with wonderful heroes and heroines were brilliant to my teenage self, and of course she led me further back into the 18th century too. I think a lot of it for me is in the etiquette and culture of the period. It’s formal, yes, but there is a lot of romance in it, at least from our 21st century perspective!
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing; if at all?
Philippa: Oh yes, I think it changed my process of writing a lot. I had already decided to become serious about writing (i.e. start looking at it as a potential job as well as a hobby), about a year before. My first novel getting published definitely professionalised my work quite a bit. I had to compartmentalise tasks such as editing and proofing, and work to deadlines which was totally different to the little girl sitting in the top of a tree scrawling in a notebook.
It’s definitely a challenge when you’re published to remember to enjoy your writing, and not see it just as work. So, I guess there has been a new task, of striking a good balance between creativity and organisation, which has changed the way I write. But as much as that is true, I’m still very much the little girl scrawling in her notebook, just perhaps with a teensy bit more organisation.
What do you feel are the unique challenges to writing a historical romance?
Philippa: One of the most obvious unique challenges to historical romance is the setting. As much as the etiquette and aristocratic culture is what makes the 18th century and Regency period romantic in our eyes, those things also have to inform the plot and you can’t have just anything happen to move your characters’ lives along. You see, if it’s a fantasy novel, to some extent you can do whatever you like to fix a plot problem or get your characters from A to B, but historical romance requires study and a respect for the period to make it a story which is believable as well as enjoyable. It’s actually what makes it so satisfying!
Have you considered writing a historical romance in a setting different than British Regency? If so what era would it be?
Philippa: So, I have written romances in the 18th century, and I class those as being in the Georgian period, and I have considered dabbling in the Victorian, but not quite enough consideration for me to make that leap. At the moment I think I’m fairly settled in 1750-1820, but history has a way of snagging my interest so you never know…
Can you tell us a bit more about your newest release Fool Me Twice?
Philippa: Yes, of course. Fool Me Twice is a Georgian romance set in the 1770s, and revolves around the life of Miss Caro Worth. Born the daughter of a gentleman, Caro Worth’s story is picked up when she is leading a double life in order to support herself as she seemingly has no family or fortune.
But this double life as an infamous gamestress and lady of quality is dangerous and she must tread a careful line. Of course, the appearance of wildcard Tobias Felton is no help as he’s the haphazard younger son of a noble and no joking matter… at least not in Caro’s eyes. Ultimately, it’s the story of a woman who’s fighting for survival in an uncertain world, and sooner or later, the house of cards she has so carefully constructed, might fall…
What is your favorite part of this book, and why do you think readers will enjoy it?
Philippa: Some of my favourite scenes will definitely contain spoilers so I have to be careful! With that in mind, I’d say that I love when Caro and Tobias first meet which is in the first scene of the novel. Caro is hiding her recently earned winnings in a pocket beneath her skirts and has her leg exposed on the lower shelf of a bookcase, when a slightly foxed and utterly boyish Felton stumbles in on her. I love the way that he tries his hardest to win her over, though she is obviously shocked and wary, but that he is a gentleman and would never try anything without a lady’s consent! Of course, this scene ends with a rather large slap, but I’ll let you read which character delivers it and which smarts from it…
Overall, what does literary success look like to you?
Philippa: I’d say a combination of my own pleasure in what I’m writing (never compromising on what I wish to write), readers who enjoy my work (not that I’m expecting everyone to), and preferably an income that will give me time to continue writing. 🙂
As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
Philippa: Oh, that is a dangerous question to ask a writer, they might go on for hours… I shall keep it concise however. 😉 My future plans are to carry on writing historical romances, I’d like to remain in the 18th century a little longer. Then I have plans for a historical romance that will include spies, smugglers and more of the middle and lower classes of society. And finally, I have a fantasy series that I have started and will look to start publishing as I’m a big fan of the genre. So, there’s lots to keep me and my readers busy.
What question do wish someone would ask about you or your book, but nobody has? (then answer it 🙂 )
Philippa: Maybe something really obscure like, why did you choose the places you did for your characters to live?
And I would reply, ‘Well, because my husband bought me a reproduction of a mid-18th century map of London and so I used that, along with research on which were the fashionable places to live, where the gaming hells were, and where would scandalous people find their lodgings, and chose streets and houses accordingly! There was a lot of time spent poring over a huge map, printed over 4 x A3 sheets spread out across my dining room floor. Ah, the pleasures of an historical romance novelist.’
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