Today, it is with great pleasure to introduce you to Tabetha Waite, another of those who writes historicals set in late Georgian to the Victorian era. Tabetha and I are part of the Common Elements Romance Project.
The Common Elements Romance Project includes over seventy romance authors who have come together to write stories that contain these just five things in common:
–>a lightning storm
–>a haunted house (really haunted or rumored to be)
–>a stack of thick books
–>a person named Max
Everything else is up to the individual authors.
Our stories are not connected to each other or in the same “world,” so they can be read in any order. Some are shorter, some are epic, and some are in between. They run the gamut of romance sub-genres and heat levels, too, so there’s something here for everyone. At the end of October, I introduced you to The Heartless Earl, my contribution to the project.
Today, it is Tabetha’s turn. However, let us first learn something about Ms. Waite.
First, tell us a bit about yourself. From where do you come?
I’m a small town, Missouri girl born and bred! I’ve been married to my true love for the past twenty years and we have two amazing daughters. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old, and I give that credit to my fourth grade teacher who encouraged me. I saw that dream realized in 2016 with the release of my first novel. Since then, I’ve won several awards and been involved in several anthologies. It truly is the best job ever!
Tell us about your new release.
While I normally write Regency, the research can be challenging at times, so I like to try different genres. To date, I’ve written a couple contemporary shorts and even an erotic paranormal short! But my latest book, “Behind a Moonlit Veil,” is a Victorian Gothic set during the time of Jack the Ripper, an unsolved mystery that has always intrigued me. In my story, I keep the reader guessing who the killer might be, while there is a completely different intrigue taking place. All in all, it’s a little darker than what I’ve written in the past, but it was a book that was bursting out of me!
Are you more of a plotter or a pantser, or does it change from book to book?
I say that I’m going to try and map out a book, but it ALWAYS ends up going in a different direction that I planned, so I’m a definite pantser. While it might sound odd or deranged, as my characters start to develop their personalities change and the story becomes theirs. The mind of a writer!
How do your choose your characters’ names?
I still have my original baby name book at home that I’ll flip through to get ideas, but I have gotten inspiration from people I’ve met.
Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?
I’m currently working on another Victorian story loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and I will be starting a fairy tale retelling set in the American West, another first for me! I also have a couple new Regency anthologies coming out next year, as well as the start of a brand new Regency series called, “Season of the Spinster.”
Behind a Moonlit Veil by Tabetha Waite
An evil lurks in the darkest corners of Victorian London…
Amaris Maxwell has lived her entire life with ill health. As the daughter of a prominent doctor, it never occurred to her to question his abilities, nor his associate’s rather unorthodox treatments. But the life of a sheltered woman has its disadvantages. She yearns to be free, to live an existence outside the same four walls. It isn’t until fate thrusts her into the path of Mr. Jackson Moreland that she begins to question everything she’s ever known. As a mysterious killer begins to terrorize the streets of London, Amaris realizes that things are not always how they may appear…
But how close is the true villain?
Jackson Moreland has lived the last two years of his life in a personal hell after the brutal murder of his wife. Released from an asylum, he struggles to come to terms with his reality. When he is engaged by Scotland Yard to assist in learning the identity of the murderer of Whitechapel, everything changes the moment he meets Amaris. He knows something isn’t right and he’s determined to find out what it is.
As things progress between them and secrets are revealed amid their growing attraction, they begin to fear that the true threat may not be the Ripper after all.
Meet Tabetha Waite:
Tabetha Waite is the multi-award winning author of the Ways of Love Series. Her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” was published in July of 2016 and won the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance and the 2018 Second Place Feathered Quill Book Award in Romance. Her second book, “Where the Viscount Met His Match” was a 2019 Finalist in the International Book Awards for Romance and a 2019 Finalist in the Book Excellence Awards for Romance. Her third book, “When a Duke Pursues a Lady” was a 2018 Finalist in the Book Talk Radio Club Awards, and “Who the Marquess Dares to Desire” was a 2019 Finalist in the Raven Awards. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA. When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading, as true bookworms do, or checking out any antique mall she comes across. She is a small town, Missouri girl, born and bred, and continues to make her home in the Midwest with her husband and two wonderful daughters.
You can find her on most any social media site, and she encourages any fans of her work to join her mailing list for updates.