Good question. I think there are a lot of positives about being a writer. Enjoying your creativity, spending time in worlds you get to visit and write, and working from home in your PJs are all pluses! What I would say though, is that it’s a very lonely occupation, and when you spend time on social media reading about other writers, it can be hard to stay positive if you’re in a funk with your writing.
Social media’s great, and I have some lovely friends and fellow authors I’ve met online, but it’s worth remembering that we only portray one side of ourselves online and usually it’s our best side. So comparing ourselves to others is never a great idea, and comparing yourself as a writer to other writers never works because we’re all different. And that, after all, is what makes writing and reading so great, there are so many different worlds to explore because of individual imaginations.
The loneliness aspect is one reason I don’t write full-time. I am a big fan of people and spending time with friends, so I find it really helpful to have a day job too so that I can be around people. This is something which fuels my creativity and also makes those times I do have to write, all the more special.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Fool Me Twice?
Sure, Fool Me Twice is the story of a woman who has to build her life up from the ashes of an old one, and in doing so becomes the talk of the town. Set in 18th century London, a city of wealth and poverty, pleasure and vice, Caro Worth the heroine finds her talent at cards can keep her in the manner of a lady of quality. To protect her virtuous self, she takes on the persona of her dead father’s illegitimate daughter and becomes an infamous gamestress.
But all the while, she is planning her future and desires a rich and titled husband to secure it for her. So whilst she makes money at the tables at night, she is cultivating friends in the ton and courting the attention of eligible bachelors in the day. This is all going according to her plan until the reckless and irresponsible younger son of a Viscount Admiral comes barrelling into her life. Tobias Felton is neither eligible nor will he go away, and soon she has bigger problems in the form of an insidious Marquis. Falling from one catastrophe to another, Caro has to determine what is really of worth and whether love is worth more than money and titles.
What inspired you to write this book?
Would it be weird to say a song? That combined with Georgette Heyer’s book Faro’s Daughter. I read that book when I was younger and it involves Gaming Hells and it got me intrigued by the whole thing. Then one day years later I was listening to Cher’s song from the film Burlesque called Welcome to Burlesque and there she was…
Caro just appeared in my mind’s eye, arriving at a dimly lit Gaming Hell, where candlelight flickered over cards and faces intent on winning. She weaved slowly between the tables in her beautiful silk dress, turning heads, her infamous reputation going before her, settling at a table and beginning to gamble. But where had she come from? What was her story?
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Sometimes none. Other times I write for most of the day and then sometimes just for a few hours in the evening. Really it’s whenever I feel inspired. There is some discipline in it, I do have a day a week set aside for writing, and sometimes that takes the form of writing interviews – like now! Other times it might be blogging, but I have to say, the best times are when I get to write a new story.
Name your top five favourite books.
Okay, here goes:
1. The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
2. Pellinor by Alison Croggon
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
4. Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer
5. Persuasion by Jane Austen
There are of course, quite a few more, but those are off the top of my head.
What are you working on now?
Ooo, this is always the most exciting of questions. I am currently working on a connected novel to Fool Me Twice, kind of like a sequel but not quite. I’m really enjoying working on it, especially getting into the characters who are quite hilarious at times. I am also plotting out another Regency romance based largely in Cornwall and of course, I usually have a fantasy on the go, so I am writing the second in a trilogy I have planned, the first of which is called The Edict which I am looking at getting published.
Thanks very much for having me!
Title: Fool Me Twice
Author: Philippa Jane Keyworth
Genre: Historical Romance
In the gaming hells of eighteenth century London, orphan Caro Worth is leading a double life. By day she plays a proper gentlewoman on the lookout for a wealthy husband. By night she plays the infamous Angelica, her fictional half-sister with a talent for cards and an ability to finance the life her respectable self has built. An introduction to a rich Marquis brings marriage and security within Caro’s grasp…until the arrival of the unpredictable and totally ineligible Mr. Tobias Felton.
Dismayed by Felton’s persistent appearances, shocking frankness, and enigmatic green eyes, Caro watches helplessly as he comes closer than anyone to guessing her secret, but when complete and utter ruin threatens, she finds that Felton’s suspicions just might become her salvation. As the walls she has built to protect herself crumble down around her, Caro learns that no matter how careful your plans, life and love have a habit of falling quite spectacularly out of control!
Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband.
Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own.
Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. Her third novel, Fool Me Twice (Madison Street Publishing, 2016), is a Georgian romance that has just been released.
So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience Britain in the 18th century and Regency like never before.