Lady and the Highwayman

Ashley Christman writing as Charlotte Davila, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, The Lady and the Highwayman.

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Cover artist: Suzannah Safi
Length: Novella, 28 pages
Heat rating: erotic romance
Lady Elizabeth Bennington has the perfect life: she’s the daughter of an earl and betrothed to her childhood friend, William Hartley, the second son of a duke. But, when her sister’s indiscretion leads to an unplanned pregnancy, and the subsequent disgrace of Elizabeth’s entire family, her idyllic life is thrown into disarray.
First, her fiance is prohibited from marrying her. Then she receives word that William has been killed by thieves. To top it all off, she gets abducted by a highwayman. Can Elizabeth find love again, and with the most unlikely of people?
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What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy the act of creating something. Words are magical and to be able to create worlds, people and situations is amazing.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Neil Gaiman. He’s an incredibly intelligent talented man.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Learn to be comfortable being you. You actually grow up to be a great human being.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Of course. There’s an unspoken agreement that if it’s something interesting, it will end up in a book.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?
Editing, Nursing, college student
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I like to read a bit of everything, especially if it’s interesting. Right now I’m reading a historical fiction novel about Marie Antoinette.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think it’s evolving as it should. Digital is becoming more and more the norm and while authors do like to see their books on paper, I think more and more are realizing there’s a big shift in reader demand from paper to digital.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
My Kindle, Laptop, cell phone, credit cards and cash, and a few clothes. I’d buy everything else I needed in Paris.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Halloween because it’s entire holiday where we get to play make-believe and no one thinks anything of it.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I’m never bored. I think boredom comes from an inactive imagination. There’s always something to do.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with…I’m not a fan of pizza.
I’m always ready for the zombie apocalypse. I’ve got a plan.
When I’m alone, I entertain myself.
You’d never be able to tell, but I love karaoke.
If I had a halo it would be misplaced for the millionth time.
If I could get a cabin in the woods, I’d be a happy hermit as long as there were internet.
I can never relax because my mind doesn’t shut off.
Charlotte Davila

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