For me, it’s doubt. I’m never sure if my work is good enough, if I’ve put every effort I could into each project. There was a four year gap between my first book and A Chaotic Courtship because of this. Even now, I wonder if I’m wasting my time building worlds and characters to go in them. Even though I love my books, I’m always shocked when others enjoy it as well.
Can you give us a short synopsis of A Chaotic Courtship?
Diana Forester, a country bred young woman fears inexperience and uncertainties has ruined her chances at a match. On arriving back home from London, she learns that Mr. John Richfield is already there, ready to continue their acquaintance. If Diana thought it was difficult to make a match in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana's younger siblings become involved. With her own uncertain feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman thrown in for good measure, she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.
What inspired you to write this book?
I’m not really sure. The biggest piece of advice I always saw for writers is “Write what you know.” I know what it’s like being in a family and contending with my siblings over little things. I imagined what it would be like to live in the Regency period and the mystery sort of weaved its way into the story slowly.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It varies. On my long days, generally about five hours. Most other days, I usually manage about one or two.
Name your top five favourite books?
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
What are you working on now?
I am actually working on a trilogy of books. Set in the same time period as A Chaotic Courtship (with a few cameos of certain characters), The Lady’s Maid Trilogy follows a young lady seeking the truth behind the death of her family. There’s a bit of adventure, mystery, and romance
Title: A Chaotic Courtship
Author: Bethany Swafford
Genre: Historical Fiction
Twenty year old Diana Forester, a country bred young woman fears that her inexperience and uncertainties has driven Mr. John Richfield away. On arriving back home from London, she learns that he is already there, ready to continue their acquaintance. If Diana thought that it was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana’s younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.
For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors is Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer. When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.