Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she
decided to be a writer when she grew up.
Now, Erica is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest
series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from
battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, ziplining
through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of
Author Fact Sheet
Erica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of over nine romance novels. She is
represented by Lauren Abramo of the Dystel & Goderich literary agency.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or to schedule an interview.
What do you write?
What genre do you favor?
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
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!
Are you published?
Where can you be found on social media?
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
I think it depends on the book and the author. I have been published multiple times by traditional publishers as well as the indie route. I would do both again. The advantage to traditional publishing is that big publishers are amazing at distribution. With them, my books are in bookstores, grocery stores, and everywhere readers are. The advantage to indie publishing is that authors can offer their readers books that are too “different” to be commercially viable through traditional publishers, who usually try to fit proscribed size and genre limitations. Self-publishing gives more freedom to address niche markets.
What are your favorite genres to read?
I inhaled historical romance until I became published in that genre. Now that I have to live and breathe my own books (again and again, through the editing process) I find myself turning to other genres in order to disconnect my “writer brain” from what I’m reading. I read other styles of romance, mysteries, suspense, paranormal—any novel that hooks me!
Do your characters talk to you?
It’s more like I overhear their conversations. It’s not unusual at all for me to have to scramble for a pen and jot down snippets of dialogue that later find their way into the story. It’s also not unusual for my first draft to look a lot more like a screen play than a novel!
How do you approach starting a new book? What is your writing process?
First come the characters and/or the story hook. (They are often so intertwined that it’s hard to really say which came first.) I then figure out the character arcs and the key turning points before brainstorming individual scenes. Once I have a general map of where I’m going, I start to write.
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
Game-changers for me included Story by Robert McKee, Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, and the Elements of Fiction Writing series by Writers Digest.
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I live on a macadamia farm in the rainforests of Costa Rica, so I can’t help but relax when I’m not writing! My front balcony has a rocking chair and a view of a volcano, and my side balcony has a hammock and a view of the largest lake in the country. Before moving to Costa Rica, I was an avid scrapbooker. Now I’m more likely to be found hiking in the middle of the jungle or relaxing on the beach.
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
Chocolate or chips?
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
I would love to be able to heal with a touch.
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Restaurant (I love food!!)
Beer or wine?
Beer (I love India Pale Ales)
Smooth or hairy?
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2010 Too Wicked To Kiss Kensington Zebra
2011 Too Sinful To Deny Kensington Zebra
2012 Born To Bite Kensington Publishing
2012 Charmed Intrepid Reads
2013 Tis The Season Anthology
2013 Midwinter Magic Intrepid Reads
2013 One Enchanted Season Anthology
2013 Let It Snow Intrepid Reads
2014 Dark Surrender Intrepid Reads
2014 The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation Intrepid Reads
2014 The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower Intrepid Reads
2015 Romance Writers of America: Premiere Anthology
2015 The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress Intrepid Reads
2015 The Major’s Faux Fiancée Intrepid Reads
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Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the beau monde,
but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try
to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he
doesn’t deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on
seducing him into bed…
Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a
hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey.
She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from
being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of
four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?
The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress is Book 2 in the Dukes of
War regency romance series, featuring roguish peers and dashing war
heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and
madness of Regency England.
Excerpt from The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
When Captain Xavier Grey finds himself snowbound with a sultry bluestocking intent on seduction, he does what any honorable soldier would do: He tries to make her think of him as “just a friend.” Failing that, he figures he can at least distract her attention with the dusty old library he hasn’t laid eyes on since leaving for war…
Xavier gritted his teeth. This was Operation Platonic Friendship. He was not to think about the taste of Miss Downing’s mouth or the sway of her hips.
They needed to spend the entirety of the day discussing Wordsworth and Voltaire. Or rather, something less… provocative. He didn’t want to make a good impression. Perhaps he ought to engage her in a lively debate on whether library books were best catalogued by size or color.
“What do you think of my collection?” he found himself asking, instead.
“Well…” She poked her head from around a corner. “The topics are varied enough, but at least half have never been read. The pages aren’t even sliced.”
“You can do the honors, if you’ve found something you’d like to read.” He adjusted a small pillow and stretched out upon the chaise longue. He didn’t much care who sliced the pages, but if offering her the privilege made him seem like a good friend, he’d be happy to lend his knife.
Eyes sparkling, she bounced in place. “I can read anything that I want?”
“As long as it isn’t…” He hesitated. What had she mentioned earlier? Sugar? Shogun? “…shunga scrolls.”
The corners of her mouth quirked. “Nobody reads shunga scrolls. They just look at the pictures.”
He cut her a flat look.
She gave an innocent flutter of eyelashes and selected a book from the shelves. “Lay back down. I’ll read something to you. How about the Odyssey in original Greek?”
He couldn’t even remember purchasing it. “Do you mind if I snore?”
“I hope you do. But I’ll translate aloud in case you manage to stay awake.” Rather than take another chair, she perched at the foot of the chaise longue with her back toward him. “Ahem. Page the first. ‘Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero…’”
There. Xavier relaxed his head against the cushion. Nothing could be more respectable.
Or less stimulating. He hadn’t actually intended to snore, but nor had he anticipated the level of mortal dullness in which Miss Downing read aloud. She could not have infused less life into her tone had she merely been counting sheep.
He might have told her not to bother translating, since it wasn’t doing either of them any favors, except he saw no advantage to being rude. His goal was to be perceived as a friend, not the enemy. Enemies could incite passion.
Miss Downing’s monotone could only incite slumber.
After a while, he let his eyelids drift closed. It had been a long, cold night filled with nothing but vivid waking dreams. He had been exhausted from the moment he rolled out of bed. Her tone was pacifying in its relentless uniformity, the words forgettable and relaxing.
He almost didn’t notice when she skipped from Calypso to Circe in the space of a breath. Her low words droned on without hitch. His eyes flew open. How could she have turned thirty pages at once without noticing? How could she have skipped the Trojan horse without noticing?
Sleep forgotten, he propped himself up on one elbow to glance over her shoulder at the text.
And roared. “What the devil are you reading, woman?”
She jumped, her cheeks flushing a rosy pink. “You said I might read whatever I wished.”
“You said you were reading the Odyssey!”
“I said I would read you the Odyssey.” She motioned him back to his pillow. “I’m reading something else.”
“That’s not ‘something else.’” Heart galloping, he reached for the book.
She held it aloft with her other hand. “You can’t have it. I’m right in the middle.”
“Absolutely not. That’s The Memoirs of Fanny Hill, and it’s not fit for human eyes,” he ground out.
Her brows arched. “Then why do you have it?”
“Because I’m inhuman! Give me the damn book or I’ll—”
“Oh, lay back down. You were almost asleep. I’ve already read most of what you’re afraid of, so there’s not much harm in reading the rest.”
He collapsed back against the chaise and covered his face with his hands. No wonder the woman’s storytelling abilities had been execrable. She’d been quoting from memory whilst reading an entirely different story. One in which an innocent country miss was procured by a bawdyhouse madam and then descended into a life of erotic abandon.
“What part are you at now?” he rasped, his throat dry.
Current Promotion: 99¢ Pre-Order
Release Date: March 2, 2015
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Length: 200 pages (40-45k)
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1939713308 (ebook) MSRP: $2.99
ISBN: 978-1939713315 (mmpb) MSRP: $6.99
Dukes of War romance books in Series Order:
#0.5 The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation Nov. 2014
#1 The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower Dec. 2014
#2 The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress Mar. 2015
#3 The Major’s Faux Fiancée Jun. 2015
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