Wendy Vella is enjoying success with her novel the Reluctant Countess, which won the Clendon and Readers’ Choice Awards.  The book was purchased by Random House for their Love Swept line.

Wendy tells us in her blog about how she came up with the idea for The Reluctant Countess.

The Reluctant CountessThe Reluctant Countess is set in the Regency Era. It’s a story about two people, Patrick and Sophie, who were born into different classes, but are destined to meet amongst the intriguing and often wicked world of London society. It’s about trusting another person when you have never had reason to before and about overcoming your past in order to secure your future. It’s a story with plenty of great secondary characters to move the story along. There are misunderstandings and passion, laughter and adventure, and of course there is a happy ending.

The idea for the book came about because I was looking for a competition to enter and found one that gave you the starting scene of a book. The scenario was a ballroom with a handsome Lord and a mysterious Countess and that was where The Reluctant Countess came from. I actually never entered the competition but it worked out well in the end.

I decided to write historical romance because I’ve always felt there’s something a bit special about writing about a time that I or my parents were never part of – you’re really only limited by your imagination. Yes we have plenty of research tools at our fingertips but writing historicals gives me more licence to create than if I was writing contemporary. I love imagining life back then, describing what they wore or saw. Just imagine walking into one of those ballrooms in Regency London, the feast of color and noise, the dancing! I’ve imagined myself there many times.

I’m a pantser not a plotter so I usually just get the urge to write something and the first draft is fairly rough so the second is where I spend more time on research and make sure I have any actual events or characters.

It’s important to me that my characters have a backbone, especially the heroine; and they need a few flaws, nothing to severe that you can see from the start, but they’re there tucked deep inside and it takes the hero or heroine to discover them. It’s important for both that the other steps up in a time of crisis also, being able to rely on each other is big in my book and that strengthens the bonds between them. Humor is also something I like in my hero and heroine, if they can have a laugh at themselves and give me a chuckle at the same time I’m happy.


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From Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.
Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.

Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.

NZ Book Month – Wendy Vella on The Reluctant Countess

One thought on “NZ Book Month – Wendy Vella on The Reluctant Countess

  • March 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    Many congratulations on your wonderful success in the Clendon! I remember when you and I both received Commended awards back in the 2006 Clendon competition.
    The cover of your historical is gorgeous! I didn’t realise Random House published romance – many congratulations, too, on your sale to them.


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