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What if you weren’t who you thought you were? That news would be quite a shock, wouldn’t it? Susan Anne Mason knows who she is, but the hero of her new novel, A Most Noble Heir, is about to receive this most shocking news! I am excited to have Susan visiting with us today to share more about Nolan and Hannah’s story. Before we begin, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid, Hannah, are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath him. Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope—believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, his father will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father’s expectations—and failing miserably on both counts.
Welcome, Susan! What inspired you to write A Most Noble Heir?
This was my very first historical novel, originally called “Heir of Stainsby Hall”. Up until this time, I wrote only contemporary romances and never imagined I’d do an historical. But it was when I had started researching my mother’s family history that I became intrigued with some of my ancestors’ stories. Nolan and Hannah’s romance grew out of my great-great grandparents’ story. They really were a stable hand and kitchen maid at Stainsby Hall (also known as Stainsby House) in Derbyshire. I started imagining what their romance had looked like and if they had been forced to leave the estate in order to be married. My writer’s brain began imagining a twist to the situation. What if the stable boy found out he was of noble blood and was forbidden to marry the girl he loved? Nolan and Hannah’s story was the happy result!
What a fun twist! What do you hope your readers take away from this story?
I hope they see that chasing external elements in your life is not the best way to find your true purpose or God’s will for your life. Both Nolan and Hannah struggle with their identity and have to learn to rely on their faith and on God to discern their true value.
Oh, that each young person in America would read that! (And most of the adults, too!) Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
I LOVE paperbacks. I do have a Kindle but for some reason very seldom read anything on it! I’ve made a bargain with myself to read every third book on the Kindle, so I’m not wasting all the good books I’ve accumulated there!
That’s a good idea. I find I tend to forget just what I have accumulated digitally… At least the paperbacks stare at me from their shelves! What accomplishment means the most to you?
Other than raising my family, seeing my books in print has been my greatest dream come true. What a thrill to see them on the shelves —not only in book stores but in libraries too. And the fact that my stories sometimes touch people’s lives, and might make them feel better even for a few hours, is a wonderful achievement for me.
Absolutely! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’d love to! Right now I’m working on Book 2 in my Canadian Crossing series called The Highest of Hopes. The premise for the series is that 3 people meet on a ship coming from England to Canada, each with their own agenda. So each book is in essence a standalone. This book is about Emmaline Moore who believed her father to be dead but who finds out he’s been living in Canada all along. Of course she has to go and find him! Book 1, The Best of Intentions is coming out in July. And I’m on a tight deadline to get book 2 into the publishers by mid-April. Prayers would be gratefully appreciated!
Ooh, that sounds like another great series! We can definitely be praying as you work toward that deadline. If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
I would say that perseverance is crucial. This is a hard business to get into, but if it’s truly your passion, you can make it happen. It just takes time and persistence to achieve your dreams. Don’t give up!
Great advice! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Susan!
Your turn! Share about a dream of yours that has either come true or that you would love to see come true.
More about Susan:
Susan Anne Mason describes her writing style as “romance sprinkled with faith.” She loves incorporating inspirational messages of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness into her characters’ journeys. Irish Meadows, her debut historical romance won the Fiction from the Heartland contest sponsored by the Mid-American Romance Authors chapter of RWA.
Susan lives outside Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two children, and one large cat. She loves red wine and chocolate, is not partial to snow even though she’s Canadian, and is ecstatic on the rare occasions she has the house to herself. Learn more about Susan and her books at www.susanannemason.com.
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A Most Noble Heir Giveaway:
Susan says, “I’d love to give away a paperback copy [of A Most Noble Heir]. I would include Canada as well as the US. (Since I’m Canadian!)” Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.