I’m Amy Pfaff . I’m from North Carolina and I write Regency romances. Why pick a genre that is all about the social rules? I think because it represents a simpler way of life to me and a challenge to get the details right. I love research. I am also insane because everyone knows that the readers of Regencies are the toughest critics when it comes to getting the details right.
I’ve always written something: poetry, music, and stories. I love stories. I’m also an avid reader. I can’t imagine my life without books. They are like old friends that I revisit again and again.
So to the questions.
1) What was the first romance novel you ever read? Tough question right out of the box. I read a lot of Mary Stewart’s mysteries when I was younger. Grace Livingston Hill as well. The one that I remember the most though is Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Flame and the Flower. Let’s just say I was the most popular girl in middle school study hall because of that book.
2) Your House is on fire – which five romance novels do you grab on your way out? Let’s get our priorities straight: the Nook, the kindle and the Mac. These have all my favorites on them. If I had to grab five faves, it would probably be: The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn; The Secret by Julie Garwood;, To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning; Seduced by Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro; and Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl. A nice variety until I could rebuild my library.
3) What is your secret passion? Mr. Darcy. Seriously Who couldn’t love Colin Firth? I’m passionate about lots of things: music, books, writing and cooking. I love researching history and all the quirky things that can be discovered with research.
4) Why do you write romance? I write it because I can’t imagine not including romance in a story. It brings a level of emotions to a story that strengthen it and pull me in. It holds my interest as a reader and makes me feel good. I hope my writing can return that feeling for readers.
5) Is there anything in your book that comes from personal experience? In my current story, An Unexpected Wish, I took some of the bickering between the sisters from my own experience with my sisters when we were younger. They will probably kill me for this, but they are my sisters and will eventually forgive me. Love you guys!
6) What is your favorite kind of tea, and how do you drink it? Depends on the season. In summer I like iced tea sweet (I’m very southern). In winter, I drink good black tea that a friend sends me called Yorkshire Gold. It’s very strong. I drink it with sweetener and milk (gasp). After lunch calls for an herbal tea. My favorite is Wild Orange from Tazo. It’s also one of the few available at the office of my day job. 🙂
Now that you’ve gotten to know me, tell me about you? What’s your favorite tea to sip while reading your favorite romance novel? Don’t forget to include your favorite novel as well. I’m always looking for a new read.