Ella Quinn Interviews Matt Worthington from Three Weeks to Wed
This is an interview I did with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington. He is the hero in my new novel, Three Weeks to Wed, the first book in The Worthingtons. I must tell you that he was not thrilled with the idea. In fact, I’ll share with you the conversation we had before he agreed to the interview.
EQ: Matt, I need to interview.
MW: Interview me? I do not understand.
EQ: Well, there are some people who are interested in you and what you have to say.
MW: Surely you are not involved in those scandal rags. Grace would be extremely—
EQ: I’m your author. Of course nothing you say to me will be in a scandal sheet.
MW: Very well. I suppose I must trust you.
EQ: Thank you. The first question is How did you feel when you first saw the love of your life?
MW: I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen and very glad that she would allow me to share her parlor. Yet she was a bit of a mystery.
EQ: What drew you to Grace?
MW: Well, she is beautiful. But more than that there is a strength in her. Even before I knew much about her, I noticed that. She is intelligent and well read. I had never had such an interesting discussion with anyone before.
EQ: Was falling in love with her a blessing or a curse?
MW: Definitely a blessing. Although, I didn’t feel quite that way when I found she’d left without telling me her name or direction. I’m sorry to admit that I was a bit of a bear to live with until I found her.
EQ: When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?
MW: The number of men looking at my sisters. You know that two of them are out this year. With their dowries, I must be careful of fortune hunters. The next thing I notice is who is looking at Grace that shouldn’t be. Too many gentlemen of the ton think to dally with another man’s wife.
EQ: Hmm, let’s try a different line of questions. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
MW: Having all of the children happy and with families of their own to love. There are so many girls to bring out, and they must wed men who will value them as I value Grace. The problem is that there are a lot of scoundrels who would take advantage of an innocent young lady. They boys will, naturally, have to be guided into careers before they can marry. I wish to ensure that they choose professions they will enjoy.
EQ: What is your greatest fear?
MW: That someone will harm a member of my family. There are so many of them to keep track of. We have had to hire more footmen and grooms.
EQ: What is the trait you most deplore in others?
MW: Waste. So many in Polite Society spend inordinate amounts of money on nothing but their pleasure. They think nothing of society as a whole. I realize many think my views are radical, but there was a reason the French rebelled, and it was not because their ruling class was lax. The world is changing. All one need to do is read Bentham and other philosophers. My father had the great honor of meeting Mrs. John Adams. She encouraged the Americans to allow women to vote. That will occur I the future. We landowners must husband our resources and do what is right for our peoples.
EQ: Which living person do you most despise?
MW: The Prince Regent. He is a prime example of what is wrong with Polite Society. Spending as if the treasury has unlimited funds. It is not to be bourne.
EQ: What is the quality you most like in a man?
MW: His loyalty to family, friends, and country, as well as a willingness to better the country.
EQ: What is the quality you most like in a woman?
MW: Much the same as the qualities I desire in a man. Yet, I believe I compassion plays a greater part in the make up of a woman.
EQ: What or who is the greatest love of your life?
MW: You of all people know the answer to that. My wife Grace. I would be lost without her.
EQ: What is your most treasured possession?
MW: My family, if one can indeed call them a possession. Nothing means more to me than Grace and the children. My dependents would be next.
EQ: How would you like to die?
MW: A very long time from now, in my own bed, surrounded by my children and grand-children.
About Three Weeks to Wed
In the first book of her dazzling new series, bestselling author Ella Quinn introduces the soon-to-be Earl and Countess of Worthington—lovers who have more in common than they yet know. The future promises to be far from boring…
Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.
Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire…
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Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series will start in April 2016.
She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and granddaughter, one cat and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America.
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