Interview with Ava Stone

Published 2018-07-05.
When did you first start writing?
I began my career screenwriting over 20 years ago, but I discovered about a dozen years ago that I prefer the freedom that comes with writing novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest release - How to Land an Earl in Ten Days or Less - focuses on the Caribbean salt trade in the early 19th Century. Both Bermuda (where my heroine is from) and The Bahamas were engaged in a political struggle for control over the salt pans of what is *now* the Turks and Caicos. After her father was lost in a hurricane, my heroine travels to London in the hopes of lobbying parliament on behalf of the Bermudian claim.

Having traveled to Bermuda, I feel in love with the island and it was so nice to be able to bring the research I found on that trip into the creation of this book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was a traditionally published author for 9 books, but found the creative freedom of Indie world to be very attractive. I much more prefer being the master of my own destiny vs. leaving my fate up to others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My favorite part of writing, is the very beginning of the story, knowing that anything can happen in the subsequent pages. This might be why I have a number of projects started.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the best! I have received the nicest emails from people who have read my books and want to talk about my characters that they have come to love or love to hate. Those emails always make me smile and it's so fulfilling to see that I've brought happiness into other's lives.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the follow up to How to Land an Earl in Ten Days or Less, with another Bermudian salt heiress who has come to London. Caitrin is the sister of my previous heroine Cara and their personalities are as different as night and day (this may or may not reflect the difference in personality that my sister and I share.)
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a big fan of Deb Marlowe, Jerrica Knight-Catania, Jane Charles, Julie Johnstone and Samantha Grace. Anything they write is a real winner!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have two wonderful cats - Lord Catsby and Lord Catsworth. They keep me company all the time, when I'm writing and when I'm not. I'm also a movie buff (probably a hold over from my screenwriting days) and see a lot of movies in my spare time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! The first story I ever wrote was in 2nd Grade, and it was about a mermaid. I also drew the pictures. The pictures were not good, which is why I'm an author and not an artist.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father is a water engineer and we moved around a lot when I was a kid, and I grew up all over the place. With that said, I do consider Houston home. Moving around as often as we did, I met so many different people that I think it gave me an interest in why and how people do the things they do. That curiosity always led me to creating characters of my own.
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Latest books by This Author

Dazzled at the Wedding
Series: A Summer Wedding at Castle Keyvnor. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,490. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2020 by Ava Stone. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The Earl and Countess of Banfield cordially request your attendance at the wedding for their daughter Lady Gwyn Hambly to Lord Locryn Pendarvis on the 20th day of June, 1812, at Castle Keyvnor, Bocka Morrow, Cornwall. DAZZLED AT THE WEDDING includes: Kate Pearce’s A Storm in a Teacup Ava Stone’s Once Upon a Midsummer Dream Nicole Locke’s Captured By Fate
On the Way to the Castle
Series: Regency Seasons Novellas. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,560. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Identical twins, Ladies Lily and Amelia Woodward may look the same, but they’re as different as night and day. With Christmas upon them, the Woodwards set out for Danby Castle and stumble across an overturned coach and a pair of handsome gentlemen in peril. Will this fateful encounter alter the future for both sisters and the likely plans the duke had in store for all of them?
How to Tempt a Rogue Without Really Trying
Series: Regency Hearts. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,380. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
When Bermudian salt heiress Caitrin Beckett drops out of a tree in her haste to escape a brothel, she comes face to face with Lord Daniel Westham and instantly catches the rogue’s attention. Luckily, she secures his promise to help her locate a childhood friend who’s gone missing in London. Now if only she can keep from losing her heart to the charming rake in the process.
The Duke of Danby's Holiday Hijinx
Series: The Duke of Danby's Christmas Collection. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,550. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2018 by Night Shift Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
It's Christmas 1817 and the Duke of Danby is matchmaking again! Spend the holidays in Yorkshire with freshly fallen snow, Yuletide balls and mistletoe kisses. The Duke's Holiday Hijinx includes: Ava Stone's On the Way to the Castle; Samantha Grace's Three Little Words; and Claudia Dain's Suitor By Surprise
The Casemore Family: A Regency Trilogy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,810. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Join the Casemore Siblings in 1813 as Lady Philippa, Lord Harrison, and Everett Casemore, the Marquess of Berkswell, navigate Society and find their true loves along the way in By Any Other Name, My Lord Hercules and A Bit of Mistletoe.
How to Land an Earl in Ten Days or Less
Series: Regency Hearts, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,160. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Known for his charm and silver tongue, Reese Delacy, the Earl of Darling, wagers that he can make any girl fall in love with him in less than a fortnight. Unfortunately, the boast catches the ear of a notorious gossip, and in no time, Darling is a pariah in Town. All seems lost until he stumbles upon a Bermudian beauty who is seemingly unaware of his scandalous wager.
Once Upon a Midnight Clear
Series: Regency Hearts, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,740. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Only a duke will do for Lady Ivy Dallimore. If her unhappily married sisters have taught her anything, it’s that love is fleeting but a title lasts forever, which is all well and good in theory until she finds herself falling for the scandalous third son of a marquess who is bound and determined to make his fortune in trade!
A Scandalous Bundle - Volume III
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 150,400. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
A Scandalous Deception and A Scandalous Ruse, books 5 and 6 of Ava Stone's best selling Scandalous series.
A Scandalous Destiny
Series: Scandalous, Book 14. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,410. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
​Major Gabriel Prideaux returns to England to find his claim to the earldom as tenuous as ever, his brother in a lunatic asylum, and his oldest friend guarding the streets at night as the Covent Guard. At every turn, there is another catastrophe just waiting for Gabe, but being home after many years away, his thoughts keep returning to the one girl he’s always loved.
Kissed at Christmas
Series: Christmas at Castle Keyvnor. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,680. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017 by Ava Stone Inc. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A Christmas Wedding! The Earl and Countess of Banfield cordially request your attendance at the wedding for their daughters... KISSED AT CHRISTMAS includes: Christina McKnight's Bound by the Christmastide Moon Ava Stone's Once Upon a Midnight Clear Michelle Willingham's The Sweetest Christmas
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