Today’s special guests are Allison Merritt and Romy, from The Treasure Hunter’s Lady. Thanks for being here!
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Mia: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Romy: It’s called The Treasure Hunter’s Lady. I’d love to tell you about it. It’s a steampunk romance with lots of adventure. The story circles around this ancient artifact everyone is trying to get their hands on called the Diamond of Uktena, an ostrich-sized jewel supposedly mounted on the head of a giant, unfriendly, sentient serpent god in the Dakota Territories.
My father is a world-famous archeologist who gave up his career after we were nearly killed in an incident prior to the opening of the book, but he’s coerced into hunting for the jewel at the coaxing of an old friend. And I discover that a rough-shod Texan named Abel Courte is after the Diamond as well. Rather than be forced into a marriage I don’t want, arranged by my father, I stow away on an airship and follow Abel. We clash quite a bit at first until it’s very obvious that we can’t keep our hands off of each other. We see and experience a lot of unusual things, including sabotage on the airship, a giant waterfall that’s a portal to another world, and getting abducted by natives.
Mia: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Romy: I’m the heroine of the story, rightly so, because there aren’t many women in it and someone had to take up the mantle of beautiful, stubborn heroine. My mother died when I was a little girl and my father decided he would rather travel than spend his time teaching in London, so I didn’t have the most idealistic upbringing. England is my place of birth, but I’m much more comfortable traveling. Or I was, until a certain treasure hunting cowboy caught my interest.
Mia: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Romy: I secretly think she was trying to drown me about 3/4 of the way through the novel. We get caught in a lot of water right around that time. There we were, poor, bedraggled characters who’d been kicked repeatedly and she just kept bringing challenge after challenge—but she swears it’s because that’s what makes the story interesting and hopefully makes us more sympathetic.
Mia: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Romy: There are a lot of ups and downs and for a while I felt pretty bleak about the ending. A lot of heart-thumping moments where I just wasn’t sure what to do and even with all my experience, I was up the proverbial creek. It took a great deal of working together with Abel to pull this adventure off, but in the end it all worked out for the best. Well, most of it.
Mia: Do you like being a character in the book?
Romy: Absolutely. Being a character brought me to life, otherwise I might just be a shadow in the author’s head. I think I got lucky pulling a starring roll in the book. I could’ve been one of those background characters that’s just there to make a scene more colorful.
Mia: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Romy: It looks very comfortable. As I mentioned, I love to travel, but I suspect with the right cowboy at my side, I could adapt very easily to a more domestic lifestyle.
Mia: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Romy: Well, at first, she just planned to write us a novella that might have never seen the light of day if she hadn’t decided to add on and write a novel-length book. Then because one of the minor characters in our book caught her attention, she decided to write a trilogy. I’m mentioned in the second novel, but neither Abel or I made it in. There’s a rumor we might show up in the third one though.
Mia: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Romy: Hands down, unanimous vote goes to Rachel McAdams. She’s a natural redhead, sassy, sweet and has a killer smile. There’s no question.
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Author Bio: A life-long love of reading turned Allison Merritt into an indie author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas. Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.