Have you been writing for a long time?
I’ve always loved to write. Throughout my childhood, I loved to read mysteries and ghost stories. I’d write my own tales of sleuths and things that go bump in the night. As an adult, I began to read historical romance, counting Jude Devereaux, Julie Garwood, and Teresa Medeiros among my favorite authors. I loved the escape to another time and place…and of course, the sexy, courageous heroes. After college, I started writing romance in my spare time. By then, I was a mother to two sons and had a full-time job, but I still loved to write whenever I had the chance. Now, I’m fortunate to devote time to writing nearly every day.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
About ten years ago, I discovered a couple of wonderful, supportive groups of writers—a local chapter affiliated with Romance Writers of America, and an online RWA chapter dedicated to historical romance. With the encouragement of my critique partners and other members of these chapters, I focused my efforts on writing historical romance. A couple of years after I started the journey to publication, my first historical romance made its debut. Since that time, I’ve continued to focus my writing career on historical romance that sees my heroes and heroines face intrigue and adventure on their way to their happily-ever-after.
Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?
When A Lady Deceives is the first book in the Her Majesty’s Most Secret Service series, but could be read as a stand-alone.
Why did you choose this genre?
I’ve always loved tales of mystery and suspense, and I enjoy immersing myself in the escape to another time and place that historical romance provides. Historical romantic suspense is a perfect blend of my favorite elements of romance. I especially enjoy writing love stories set during the Victorian era. The reign of Queen Victoria was a time of great change for society, an era when ground-breaking women were taking on new, exciting roles outside of the boundaries of home and hearth.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
My advice for aspiring authors is simple—write, write, and keep writing. The more you write, the more you’ll develop your own voice. Study writing craft, and cultivate relationships with other writers to nurture your growth as an author. And most of all, write the stories you’d love to read.
About the Book
Title: When a Lady Deceives
Author: Tara Kingston
Genre: Historical Romance
A woman with a secret and a dangerous man forge an undeniable passion.
In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant, she’s drawn into a powerful criminal’s seductive game of cat and mouse. Enigmatic former lawman Matthew Colton is as dangerous as he is clever, but the passion in his kiss is too tempting to resist. She aches to trust him, but she will not abandon her quest for the truth.
Colton is a man with secrets of his own. Thirsting for vengeance, the disgraced Scotland Yard detective has infiltrated the criminal world he’s vowed to destroy. Jennie intrigues him, even as she breaks down the barriers around his heart. He yearns to uncover her secrets—in and out of his bed. Driven to shield her, he’ll risk everything to protect the woman whose love heals his soul.
Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes historical romance laced with intrigue, danger, and adventures of the heart. A Southern-belle-out-of-water in a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives her own love story with her real-life hero and a pair of deceptively innocent-looking kitties in a cozy Victorian. The mother of two sons, Tara’s a former librarian whose love of books is evident in her popping-at-the-seams bookcases. It goes without saying that Tara’s husband is thankful for the invention of digital books, thereby eliminating the need for yet another set of shelves. When she’s not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara enjoys movie nights, cycling, hiking, DIY projects, collecting dolls, and cheering on her favorite football team.