Alexandra Hawkins shares how a family emergency inspired her newest historical heroine and what it is that makes Lady Sophia Northam so attractive to the Earl of Rainecourt.
In my new book, Till Dawn With the Devil, readers will be introduced to Lady Sophia Northam, a visually impaired woman who refuses spend the rest of her life as a coddled invalid, much to the chagrin of her wastrel brothers.
When Gabriel “Reign” Housely, the fifth Earl of Rainecourt first encounters Lady Sophia at a ball, he quietly asks her to describe what she sees. Her reply:
“Think of a bottle filled with oil, water, and warm pitch that shifts and churns as I go about my day,” she said, her eyelids narrowing as she concentrated on the light. “The pitch is black and impenetrable, the oil distorts and blurs, while the water is what anchors me and permits a certain amount of independence.”