Today I’m welcoming K.R. Richards, who is the author of the slightly paranormal, but definitely hot Lords of Avalon series. This is not your average Regency romance. Yes we have Earls and Dukes and hot, hot men (scroll down a little and you will see what I mean), but we also have a very interesting story of the search for ancient religious relics and visits from a archangel.
And a great romance between an Earl and a woman who never thought she would find love.
Let’s see what we can find out and meet K.R.
Nancy: What was your inspiration for writing romance and incorporating the supernatural?
K.R.: The supernatural is part of my everyday life. For me it is normal. I decided to set Lord of the Abbey in Glastonbury, which historically has been and is still now, a spiritual destination for many people. It just felt natural and right for me to include the supernatural elements.
Nancy: You have such an interesting background; New Age, Romance, crystals, etc. Please tell us all about your background as an Intuitive medium and has that influenced your writing?
K.R.: I used to do readings publicly in shops, at Psychic Fairs, special events, and reading parties. I read Tarot, and I am an intuitive medium also. I would say that my background has definitely influenced my writing. I attended, and later taught, many classes on psychic development. I have had many personal supernatural experiences when in groups and alone. I wanted to incorporate some of these experiences into my writing, but I did not want the supernatural to be the focus of the story.
I created the Avalon Society members with myself and my Spiritual Circle of friends in mind. I wanted these experiences to be a normal part of their life, just like they are in my world.
The relationships of my characters were certainly influenced by my background. The camaraderie of the Avalon Society, the variance in their gifts and abilities, and their ease in working toward the greater good of all is definitely a reflection of my background in the Spiritual and healing communities I have been a part of. Trusting and following my own intuition is an important part of my writing process.
Nancy: How and why did you decide to intertwine the Regency era and the super natural/paranormal in your Lords of Avalon series?
K.R. I knew going into the series that Lord of the Abbey would be set in Glastonbury, which has a long history of spiritual pilgrimage and supernatural occurrences. The nineteenth century is one of my favorite eras. Many discoveries were being made in science, archaeology and other fields during this century. Societies were formed during that time which were similar to the Avalon Society in the Lords of Avalon series. At the time I was reading books written in the mid nineteenth century about Glastonbury. I chose the late Regency period primarily because things going on in Glastonbury at that time worked out perfectly for my story. I also had a really good picture of what the locations I was using in Glastonbury looked like during the 1830’s from reading those books. Some of the locations looked a whole lot different than they do now.
Nancy: Tell us about the background for the Lords of Avalon series, and please take us through the different characters and their back stories. I know every writer hates this question, but I’m going to ask it anyway-do you have a favorite character, or a character whom you can’t wait to write their story?
K.R.: The Lords of Avalon series is set in South West England and is centered on sacred relics hidden by the last Abbot at Glastonbury Abbey, which were hidden in 1539 before the Abbey was dissolved. Lady Rowena Locke finds a letter written by her ancestor who helped the Abbot hide the treasures of Glastonbury before the Abbey was destroyed. She seeks the help of the Avalon Society. When the Society becomes involved they soon find out some very dangerous men are also after the sacred relics.
The series revolves around finding the relics, then protecting what they find from the Knights of the Brown Order. They still pursue additional clues while trying to learn the identities of the heads of the Knights of the Brown Order. And of course, some of the Lusty Lords of Avalon manage to find love along the way. The easiest way I can describe the Lords of Avalon series is Jane Austen meets Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and the DaVinci Code. Sort of. There is action, adventure, mystery, romance and supernatural elements.
Harry Bellingham, the Earl of Glaston, a confirmed rake, is the head of the Avalon Society. It is to him that Lady Rowena Locke comes to seek help upon finding the letter written by her ancestor. Due to incidents in her past she has a fear of marriage and of men in general. Harry vows to help her overcome those fears.
Micah Wychcombe, Viscount Wincanton, lost his wife and child as a result of a difficult birth seven years before and declares he will never marry again. Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Darrington is the younger sister of Owen Darrington, the Earl of Fitzlewis, a fellow Avalon Society member. She has always been attracted to Micah, and they have been friends over the years. When a matter of honor arises, Micah and Libby must marry.
Lyon Ravenscroft, the Earl of Amesbury, is proud and happy to be a rake. He has no intention of changing his lifestyle until circumstances decree that he marry Miss Sophia Hart. Lyon and Sophia are not happy with their situation.
Libby’s brother, Owen Darrington, the Earl of Fitzlewis, is forced to work closely with the widow of Lord Marston, Grace Brackenridge Sterling. Four years earlier, he had proposed to Grace before leaving to go to Italy for three months on Avalon Society business. He returned to find Grace had married Lord Marston. He soon finds out the truth of what happened, and discovers a reason to set the past aside and repair his relationship with Grace.
There are many more Lords of Avalon, but I fear it would take pages to tell you about them. As far as favorite characters go, Micah Wychcombe, Lord Wincanton, will always have a special place in my heart. He was never intended to be a main character; but he walked into the drawing room at Stonedown Manor in Lord of the Abbey and just took over. Everything about his creation and development was quite magical for me. He seems to be a fan favorite as well. I adore Charlie and still feel a tremendous amount of guilt for what happened to him.
I love all my Lords of Avalon, so it is difficult to pick favorites. I have very much enjoyed writing Trevan, Gabriel and Jack in the upcoming Lords of Retribution. The three of them are so different. I suspect some of the Micah fans might possibly sway over to Gabriel’s camp though. Marrek has a strong presence in Lords of Retribution and I’m captivated by him. I like Trevan’s middle brother Tremayne very much, though he’s stayed in the background until Lords of Retribution. I do like what I see of him so far. I’m looking forward to writing Newt and Lachlan’s stories in the near future. Newt will definitely figure prominently in Lords of Atonement.
Lucien Saintmaur, Lord Wyldhurst, must not be ready to settle down yet, because he’s still a mystery to me and I haven’t quite figured out what kind of woman could capture his heart. I don’t know enough about Cleve, Ruan and Creed yet, perhaps they will shine in the second series. Matthias Halfknight, Lord Sinclair’s day will come in the second series. He’s the oldest of the Lords and has quite a sad history. He needs someone very special.
Nancy: What is up next for the Lords of Avalon? Tell us about your latest release.
K.R.: Lords of Retribution, book 3 in the Lords of Avalon series, will be released on Amazon Kindle in late February. There are four books in the series. In Lords of Retribution the Avalon Society is focusing on interpreting scrolls found in Glastonbury. They continue to try to discover the identities of the Knights of the Brown Order, a dangerous group trying to take the sacred relics from them. The Society gathers in Cornwall at the home of Trevan Chynoweth, the Duke of Penrose. They make a group effort of interpreting the scrolls, all the while protecting their women and family members. The information found in the scrolls leads them to look for more clues in Cornwall.
Trevan Chynoweth has problems of his own. It would seem his fiancée of five years, Wenna Penrose, has grown tired of waiting for him and accepts a proposal of marriage from the village Vicar. Trevan is determined to win her back. His cousin Gabriel Chynoweth, the Earl of St. Mabyn, finds himself inexplicably attracted to Wenna’s sister, Senny Penrose, someone he has always looked upon as a little sister. And Jack Drayton, the Earl of Elveston, decides after four years of avoiding her; to find out exactly why he has always been attracted to his fellow Avalon Society member’s younger sister, Lady Tuesday Inwood.
Nancy: When the time comes for the series to be wrapped up, please tell me you will have an epilogue that ties up all the Lords, their wives and their babies-we loves babies!!
K.R.:Absolutely! There will be an epilogue. I do plan to release a longish Novella sometime after the last book in the Lords of Avalon series, Lords of Atonement. I say long novella because there will be quite a few couples after the Lords of Avalon Series is over. It will deal with all of the Lords and their Ladies months later in their own homes, living their day to day lives, and possibly all of them getting together for one big event. There will be some babies!
Nancy: What can we expect from you in the future?
K.R.: After the Lords of Avalon series concludes, there will be plenty of single, unattached, handsome members of the Avalon Society available. There will be a new quest and another series that will focus on the remaining Avalon society members. I haven’t decided on the series name yet. By the end of the last book of the Lords of Avalon series, Lords of Atonement, it will be clear what the next series will be about. I will say the next quest involves a famous Shroud.
After the second series there will be something else, but at this time I have no idea what it will be. Who knows, after the original Avalon society members hang up their hats, perhaps their offspring will take us on new adventures with the Avalon Society in the Victorian era.
Nancy: I see you have a collie, collie mix and cats. I had a collie when I was young-he was such a devil. Do your animals hang out with you when you are writing?
K.R.: Oh yes, the dogs hang with me when I’m writing. Most of the time, they just sleep. Occasionally they fight amongst one another over toys and then it gets interesting. The cats prefer a quieter part of the house without dogs for their naptime. I do love Collies, I have owned four in my lifetime.
Nancy: Do you have your plots all planned out, or do you write from the hip?
K.R.: I am a hipster, fly by the seat of my pants kind of writer. I sit down to type. The story comes out. That’s how I roll.
Ok some fast fun facts
Are you a summer or winter person?
K.R.: Summer! I lived in Arizona for most of my life. There is nothing wrong with a 70 degree winter. I’m not fond of the cold. I like it warm with lots of sunshine.
Nail polish and heels, or jeans and a sweater?
K.R.: I can do both. At home I’m in yoga pants. For a casual event it’s most often jeans. I love pretty, feminine things when I dress up.
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Fine dining or take out?
K.R.: Who’s paying? Ha! I’m fine with both.
Do you have a favorite snack food?
Nuts. I prefer natural walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios. Even better if they are covered in dark chocolate!