Behind the Scenes · Interview

REATHA BEAUREGARD TALKS ANTEBELLUM SOUL

–by Calypso Grier, Editor/Writer for Wrought Iron Reads

Reatha Beauregard

With fans abuzz about what’s going on at Wrought Iron Reads, we felt it was time we sat down with another one of our authors to let you know more about new books coming your way. Hex invited Reatha Beauregard to give us the ins and outs of her current project. Check out what the writer had to say below!

So, Reatha, tell us what’s been keeping you busy lately?

Right now I’m working on a series called Antebellum Soul. I’ve had a lot of fun with this story, and it’s taken me some places I didn’t expect to go, but it’s exciting. I don’t want to ruin the suspense. What can I tell you about the series that won’t give too much away?

Let’s start with the basics. Give me a character I can anticipate falling in love with.

Oh, that’s an easy one.  It’s about a bright, young artist named Myranda who travels to the South for research, arriving here with some preconceived judgments about the region.  Some of that has to do with her age. She’s in her early twenties.

Anyway, I think anyone who isn’t from here comes here with certain ideas about the place that might or might not be accurate, so I wanted to write a story that challenged that. They think all Southerners are this or that or history is cut and dried. It’s simply not. It’s much too complex for that.

What makes this heroine loveable is her willingness to set aside her biases to discover truth and love in unlikely places.  Myranda finds herself caught between two worlds, the past and the present.

I know Hex Books combines horror and romance sometimes, other than doing paranormal. So, which way does this book lean? But, you’re talking time travel—the past and the present—like sci-fi! Help a sister out. Pick a genre, Reatha. Come on, now! *Laughter*

If I had to put a name to it, I’d say it’s (1)I know, right! I always, always have a hard time doing that. But, this particular series is more of the former two than the latter one. If I had to put a name to it, I’d say it’s scary romance.

That’s fair. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like that. Can you give readers a reference point?

Ron Hogan from Bookish.com posted an article some time back about the “…7 Scariest Romance Novels” that stuck with me through the years, which I think sums up scary romance best. I shy away from saying my writing is anything like this or that author, but if you want to know more about the genre, itself, you can check that out.

Last, but certainly not least, when can we expect the first book of this series to hit the bookstore? We’ve got a lot of readers with a lot of different tastes, and we want to bring them the finest of the finest. They’re on the edges of their seats waiting for something like Antebellum Soul.

The best advice I can give is to stay tuned to the Wrought Iron Reads website for the most up to date information, but as of right now we’re tentatively slated for a late September release in time for the upcoming Halloween season. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and I anticipate curling up with some great books. You should, too!

Well, thank you, Reatha! Readers, you heard the woman. Stay tuned to find out more about the late September release of Antebellum Soul, including upcoming sneak peeks and hush-hush info about freebies. 

It’s your girl, Calypso Grier, signing out. Care to speculate about Myranda’s story? Hit the comments down below and tell us what you think would be the ultimate scary outcome for a heroine new to the South, learning and loving it!

Antebellum Soul (c) 2015 Reatha Beauregard for Wrought Iron Reads

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