Interview with Erica Ridley
Susana: Where do you live?
Erica: I was born in the United States, and have lived in six different countries. I currently live on a macadamia farm in the rainforests of Costa Rica, and love it immensely. Given my wanderlust, I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself somewhere else a few years from now, but for now I’m more than happy in Costa Rica.
Susana: What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?
Erica: I live in Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica, a stone’s throw from Lake Arenal, the biggest and prettiest lake in the country. So definitely you should come see it! If it’s a clear day, there will be windsurfers on the lake, and you may even be able to see one or two of the closest volcanos.
Susana: What place that you haven’t visited would you like to go?
Erica: India is high on my list! I’ve been invited twice by friends who live there, but both times the round trip airfare was cost-prohibitive. I’ll make it there eventually!
Susana: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Erica: Ever since I could read! I was told it wasn’t a very practical idea, so I ended up going to university to study International Business. I managed to stay in the corporate world for about ten years, before I decided that I absolutely had to try to become a writer, come what may. I’m so glad I did!
Susana: What’s been the highlight of your career to this point?
Erica: Even better than hitting the New York Times bestseller list is getting feedback from happy fans. Nothing else in this world can compare to hearing someone say that one of my books made their day, or got them through a tough time, or made them miss their subway stop for the second time in a row.
During the dark days of revision and editing, when I worry that every book is never going to be finished, those kinds of comments are what helps me get through.
Susana: Do you prefer paper books or e-books?
Erica: I have an unholy collection of both, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way for the near future. I use Calibre to manage my e-book collection (although I’m bitterly disappointed that my new kindle won’t import my Calibre tags as shelves/collections) and my paper books are actually piled on bookshelves in two countries, lol. I have books spilling off the shelves here in Costa Rica, and three times as many back in storage in the United States. I donate books to libraries and charities every chance I get, but they still multiply behind my back like gremlins. Wonderful, heartwarming, totally addicting gremlins.
Susana: If you were a cartoon, which one would you prefer being? Why?
Erica: I would like to be Sherman, so I could get to hang out with Mr. Peabody and travel in the way-back machine. (The Mystery Machine is a close second… Maybe I like machines?)
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About The Duke’s Accidental Wife
The Dukes of War historical romance series features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
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Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She’s convinced his heart is ice — until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy…
The Duke of Ravenwood isn’t cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross — a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn’t know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other’s company long enough to turn a compromise into love?
About the Author
Erica Ridley is a New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.