About the Book
Set during the English Civil War, Hot Winter Sun is a Mystery-Romance to chill your blood and warm your heart.
About the Author
Jessica Russell is the pen name of Jesse Broadt, a professional web content writer who specializes in travel. Passionate about history, the author is an avid reader of both historical fiction and non-fiction history books
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
The novel is set during the English Civil War in 1600s Cornwall, England and is both a murder mystery and a romance. A penniless village girl, Catherine, falls in love with Robert, a rich landowner, and they are married. He is tragically murdered shortly after they wed, and she quickly finds herself in a fierce feud with her late husband’s twin brother, Julian. Eventually, they make peace and attempt to solve Robert’s murder together. During the turbulence of the war, the two ultimately fall in love, but not before Catherine is targeted as the second murder victim!
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
Books categorized as “historical fiction” and “historical romance” have seemed to lose their strength over the years. Many authors in these genres appear to have defaulted to graphic sex and predictable, cookie-cutter stories, rather than a strong plot, multidimensional characters, and accurate historical facts. This book was created for the people who remember these genres for what they once were and who are looking for a story that is meaty, rather than fleshy, with true to life characters they won’t forget.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
I immensely enjoy authors such as Belva Plain, Anne Perry, Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney because their books have always taken me into the hearts and minds of the characters, which in my opinion, is the key to a great read.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
The absolute number one tip I could offer any new or experienced writer is to keep reading. There are many “formulas” created by editors or other “experts” concerning what makes great writing, but the best thing any writer can do to improve on skill and talent is to read, read read!