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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Character Interview with Dr. Rick Wentworth

To whet your appetite for Persuade Me – published September 2011 – here’s an imaginary interview with its hero, Dr Rick Wentworth. Although born and raised in England, Dr Wentworth went to Australia to do a PhD in marine biology and has lived there ever since.

Choc Lit: So, you’re back in England after ten years. Why’s that?

Rick W: I’m here to promote my book, Sex in the Sea.

CL: Great title! Tell us more.

RW: Not my idea, my publisher’s. It’s basically about how far some sea
creatures go in order to procreate.

CL: Oh. Sounds, um, fascinating. (Perking up) But it has pictures, hasn’t it?

RW: Yes, there are fifty-six colour photos apparently.

CL: Of you? On the beach, with your kit off?

RW: (Laughing) The book’s about my work, not me! Although there is a photo of me on the front cover – again, my publisher’s idea.

CL: Well, there are some sexy scientists around these days – have you
ever worked with Professor Brian Cox?

RW: I’m a marine biologist, not a physicist – so no, I haven’t. But as you can see, I’ve heard of him – even though I’ve been in Australia for a while.

CL: Yes – what took you over there?

RW: Sea dragons – the only place they’re found in the wild is off the southern coast of Australia. I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to do my PhD at the University of Melbourne, and away I went.

CL: No regrets?

RW: Absolutely none. (Quickly changing the subject) The book’s other key message is that life under the sea is precarious enough – but, when you add to this our generally irresponsible attitude to fishing and pollution, you have an ecological disaster waiting to happen.

CL: Can’t wait to read it – although I have a feeling I won’t get past the front cover! What are your plans while you’re here?

RW: Most of my time will be taken up by the book tour, but I’ll be staying with my sister and her husband whenever I can. They’ve just bought a garden centre in Somerset, and I’ll be at the grand opening in a couple of months. I’m also planning to look up an old friend in Lyme Regis.

CL: And what does your Australian supermodel girlfriend think about you being away for so long?

RW: Shelley’s fine with it. It’s not as if she’ll be sitting around twiddling her thumbs – she’ll be working, like me.

CL: One last question. If you were a chocolate, how would you describe yourself?

RW: A hard centre.

Actually, Choc Lit would describe Dr Rick Wentworth as a Montezuma Chilli Truffle, smouldering with fiery passion under a deceptively hard outer shell!

So, the scene is set for Rick’s triumphant return to England as a celebrity scientist and author. He may not know it yet, but he’s on a collision course with Anna Elliot – the girl who left him ten years before.

The words ‘forgive and forget’ aren’t in Rick’s vocabulary. The word ‘regret’ is definitely in Anna’s. When they meet again, can she persuade him that their lost love is worth a second chance?

If this all sounds familiar, it should be! Juliet Archer has taken the beautiful story of Persuasion and plonked it firmly in the 21st century. You can judge the outcome from September – in the meantime, here’s the cover:

Many thanks to Juliet Archer for this fab character interview!  Make sure to check out Persuade Me this fall, or The Importance of Being Emma, in stores now.
And don't worry, we've got more coming from Juliet!

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  1. LOL - Montezuma Chilli Truffle - love that description! definitely have this on my want list!
    yay for sea dragons! they're so beautiful.

  2. Loved this character interview! I cannot wait to read Persaude Me! It sounds fantastic!

  3. Thank you, both! Not long to wait now ...

    And thank you to Misty for posting my character interview as part of Jane in June.

  4. Juliet, I have to say first off that I think this is one of the most awesome, eye catching covers ever! It is just gorgeous.

    Very excited for you and your new novel. As much as I love P&P I am thrilled to see the other Austen novels and characters getting more exposure. Best of luck!

  5. Sharon, you have excellent taste in covers!

    I don't think any of us tire of P&P reworkings, but it's been great to 'visit' the other novels as well.

  6. I'm waiting for this like two years. I'm glad it will finally be available on Sept which happens to be my birthday month. Which means it will make a good gift from my parents or friends.

    Enjoyed the interview btw.

  7. Can't wait for this to come out. enjoyed the interview

  8. Thank you, both! I'm can't wait either, especially as the book launch will be in Bath, during the annual Jane Austen festival.

  9. Captain Wentworth is my favourite Austen hero but I have to admit that his modern-day counterpart, Rick Wentworth, sounds very promising here, too! Looking forward to this launching in September.


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