My Heroine of Romance - by Katharine Ashe

by Caroline Perny

As we celebrate Avon’s 75th anniversary, Avon authors are sharing their heroines of Romance – the iconic authors who influenced them to become the writers they are today. This month, Katharine Ashe, author of The Earl, joins us to talk about her Heroine of Romance:

You know the sort of book that you read in one sitting and stay up all night to finish, then you read it again the next day, then again the next day, and for about ten days in a row because you can’t bear the sensation of loss you just know will overwhelm you the second you have to put it down at last? That’s what Julia Quinn’s An Offer from a Gentleman did to me. That’s what Romancing Mister Bridgerton did to me, too, and The Duke and I, and all of Julia’s books over and over again for years before I ever started writing romance. The warmth, the delicious repartee, the heart-pattering tumbles into love — I adored everything about her books, and I absolutely loved how smart her heroes and heroines all were. Her stories were so bright and rich and wonderful, they inspired me to write my first historical romance. Right away I knew that someday I wanted to try writing a heroine like Lady Whistledown, a woman who isn’t popular or beautiful but when disguised by a pseudonym lets her wit and intelligence fly. It turned out to be the most fun I’ve ever had writing, and it was entirely because of Julia. I know I’m far from alone among readers and writers in claiming JQ as my Heroine of Romance.

About Katharine Ashe:

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Women’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.