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Manda Collins

Manda Collins

Manda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of Regency romantic suspense is the result. An academic librarian by day, she investigates the mysteries of undergraduate research at her alma mater, and holds advanced degrees in English Lit and Librarianship. Her debut novel, How to Dance with a Duke spent five weeks on the Nielsen Bookscan Romance Top 100 list, was nominated for an RT Reviewer's Choice Award for best debut historical romance, and finaled in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest. Both How to Entice an Earl and Why Dukes Say I Do were selected for inclusion in Eloisa James's Reading Romance column. Her latest book, Why Earls Fall in Love, a February 2014 release, was called "sparkling romance" by Publishers Weekly and is set in Bath, England, one of her favorite cities in the world.

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What book, movie, TV show, or album has changed your life, and how?

Hands down it was Moonlighting with Cybil Shepard and Bruce Willis. I had, up to that point, known that I enjoyed banter, but Moonlighting lit a fuse in me that made me want to write witty banter of my own. I even wrote some (what I am now convinced) truly horrible fan fiction wherein my little group of friends and I solved crimes and interacted with David Addison and Maddie Hayes. Yes, I remembered their names without having to look them up in IMDB. They are burned into my brain.

 

Who’s your present celebrity crush?

Right now I’m crushing on Thomas Gibson’s Aaron Hotchner on Criminal Minds. There’s just something so alluring about his intensity. Of course in real life it would be tiresome. I mean, sometimes you might want to talk about Top Chef or Project Runway and he’d be all broody thinking about serial killers. Oh, I guess that’s not really a celebrity crush, but a fictional character crush. I’m sure in real life Thomas Gibson is a total jokester and nothing like Hotch. Though it’s hard to imagine since he smiles so rarely on the show.

 

Name a past (and hopefully embarrassing) celebrity crush.

I am loath to admit it, but in my tweens in the late 80s/early 90s I had a massive crush on Davy Jones. Not Davy Jones as he was then, but Davy Jones as he was in the 60s at the height of Monkee Mania. What’s really amusing/awful about this is that I am 5’10” and Davy is…not. Also, attaining any sort of fulfillment would require not only proximity to Davy Jones, a celebrity, but also time travel, since as a thirteen year old girl I was beyond uninterested in middle-aged Davy. 

 

What’s the most sentimentally valuable possession you own?

A photograph of my parents taken at Pat O’Briens in New Orleans. They were young and in love and happy. And since they both died when I was little it’s bittersweet, but also wonderful.

 

Besides writing, what other forms of art and creativity do you indulge in?

I’m a bit of a crafting gadfly. I’ve knitted, cross-stitched, needlepointed, sewed, painted. Every once in a while a few writer friends and I got to a local paint studio and paint and chat and drink wine and giggle. It’s a good time. Though I will never in a million years show the world my terrible art. Y’all don’t need that kind of trauma.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

A DANGEROUS GAME Heartbroken by the loss of her brother, Miss Leonora Craven vows to uncover the truth about his "accident," which seems to have been anything but. Jonathan Craven was...

Available 03/31/2015Pre-Order

When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor...

Available 10/14/2014Pre-Order

THE TRUTH COULD RUIN HERIn Manda Collins's Why Lords Lose Their Hearts, Perdita, the widowed Duchess of Ormonde, keeps a dangerous secret—the truth of how her brutish...

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Why Earls Fall in Love

Manda Collins

Society often makes strange bedfellows—and even more surprising betrothals... IS IT A REASON FOR ROMANCE? In Why Earls Fall in Love by Manda...

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