Interview with Nancy Fraser, contributor to the Ghosts of New England: Skullery Bay anthology

Welcome to the book tour for Ghosts of New England: Skullery Bay, an anthology of historical fiction from some of your favorite authors! Today we are speaking with Nancy Fraser, who story The Bootlegger’s Daughter is part of the collection. Learn more about the whole anthology, as well as this story. Follow the tour for more on the other contributions. Leave your questions and comments along the way. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Anthology Overview:

An anthology unlike any other…

4 Different Centuries

4 To-Die-For Romances

The Same 2 Ghosts!

The Bootlegger’s Daughter (1924)

Best Selling & Award Winning Author, Nancy Fraser

She’s the daughter of one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals.
He’s her bodyguard, and not at all what he seems.
Their love will return dignity to the legend.

Mallory McGuire is the daughter of one of New England’s most notorious criminals. She’s also the legal owner of Fairwinds, the estate left to her by her late mother after Helene McGuire’s fall from the cliffs overlooking Skullery Bay.

The many underground tunnels and hidden passages in the stately Fairwinds hide even more secrets than it does illegal activity. Then there’s also the unusual noises, the strange occurrences within the house itself, that set everyone on edge.

Harry Carter is a disgraced ex-Pinkerton detective, on the lam from his former employer for embezzlement. Now working for Malcolm McGuire, he’s charged with being Mallory’s bodyguard to protect her from her father’s many enemies. Harry’s as hard-edged as they come, and not the least bit pleased with his latest assignment from the boss.

As straight-forward as his unwanted protection assignment should be, things get complicated when he learns the truth about Mallory. She’s definitely not what he thought—who he thought—she was. Now that he knows, protecting her has taken on a whole new meaning. And along with his increased protection has come an awareness, a desire that he does his best to deny.

When his desire becomes their desire, will things heat up to the point of no return? And when she discovers he’s hiding secrets even bigger than her own, will she be able to forgive him and accept the possibility of a happily-ever-after?

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What was the inspiration behind this book?

The overall inspiration began as a quest to find something unique among the usual multi-author anthology projects. The idea of mixing eras was born from my weird, sometimes crazy, mind. Fortunately, I’m lucky enough to have author friends who could help me deliver on the idea. As for this individual book, The Bootlegger’s Daughter, I knew I wanted one of the time frames to be set in the Roaring Twenties. It’s one of my favorite time periods to write. Plus, who doesn’t love a good guy/bad guy gangster scenario.

What kind of research did you have to do for it?

That was the other bonus to the 1920’s period. The research is so much fun. If I were much younger, I’d rock that flapper look. I actually have a pair of T-strap shoes, now if I only had the skinny body to go with a bangle-trimmed shift.

The majority of the research I had to do revolved around the bootleggers, how they operated, and how government agencies (such as the FBI) followed through on investigating them.

Which character was your favorite to write?

As much as I love my heroine, Mallory, my favorite character was definitely Harry, Mallory’s bodyguard. Unlike the other thugs surrounding Mallory’s crook of a father, Harry is smart, good-looking, and kind. He’s also not what he seems. A man of mystery and definite hero material … once you get past the secret he’s hiding.

What was one of your favorite scenes?

Almost any scene with Mallory and Harry. However, the one scene I really enjoyed writing (and re-reading) was the one where Mallory decides to try climbing down from the roof via the ivy trellis in an effort to escape Harry’s watch. Rather than succeed, she ends literally falling into Harry’s arms. The rescue is considered to be the moment Mallory “fell” in love.

What does your upcoming release schedule look like?

Crazy is an understatement. I was already on a book-a-month schedule. Then, just recently, I discovered MAPs (multi-author projects/series). Most are shorter, sweet romances (a change of pace for me), and available as KDP exclusives. Curious, I decided to sign up for one. One led to a half-dozen, then a dozen, spread over the next 24 months. Combined with another single-book, multi-author holiday series, and adding books to my personal series, I’ll likely be glued to my computer until the middle of 2024. And, that’s assuming I don’t foolishly take on even more projects.

NANCY FRASERJumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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6 thoughts on “Interview with Nancy Fraser, contributor to the Ghosts of New England: Skullery Bay anthology”

  1. Thanks so much for hosting us – especially Nancy Fraser – our fearless Ghosts of NE leader! I love THE BOOTLEGGER’S DAUGHTER! What’s not to love when you have a feisty heroine, a hunky bodyguard hero, ghosts, rum-runners, AND a haunted mansion??? Must admit, my favorite scene is the one she mentions. Although…there was that other one in the stables… 😀

  2. Great to see this feature on Nancy Fraser! I LOVE the roaring 20’s. Such a rich era. It’s always been a fascination for me. Maybe it’s because my great great grandfather was a bootlegger!! Love that The Bootlegger’s Daughter is part of the anthology.

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