Considering the similarities in their novels — both the humor and the heart — it is almost inevitable that veteran romance novelist Eloisa James and up-and-coming star Sarah MacLean have a lot in common. But even I was surprised by just how alike the two authors were when I got a chance to watch them in front of the camera as they filmed a feature for Avon's Romance Live on Livestream earlier this week.
As the authors answered questions from fans, their similarities emerged almost immediately. First, I learned that both authors take cues from real life as they write their historical tales. Eloisa shared that in her Potent Pleasures, her hero, Alexander, mirrors her real life husband Alessandro. She explained that both men have fiery tempers and the same salt and pepper hair. Although Eloisa did admit to indulging in a bit of artistic license, Alexander's marriage was annulled due to impotence (a fact that real-life Alessandro was none too happy about).
For Sarah, she revealed one of the ways that she wove true life into her newest novel, Eleven Scandals To Start To Win A Duke's Heart. The novel's heroine, Juliana, is very much like Sarah's father while hero Simon is close in temperament to Sarah's mother. Additionally, both of Sarah's parents were born outside of the US and use idiomatic language and speech quirks that crack her up and that she often incorporates into her dialogue.