Debut Author Spotlight: Sally Orr

As you know, we love debut authors here at RT — and there’s nothing better than spreading the love around. Today, the Debut Author Spotlight is proudly shining on debut historical romance author Sally Orr, who is gearing up for tomorrow’s release of The Rake’s Handbook, which our reviewer called “a charming romp.” Say hello to Sally, everyone!

Current Home: San Diego, California

Favorite Author(s): P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy L. Sayers and Georgette Heyer

Favorite Word: In meaning, it would probably be “laughter.” In tripping lightly off the tongue, I choose “tintinnabulation.”

Was this the first book you ever wrote? Yes, the first one.

How did you start writing? I became a huge fan of the BBC’s version of North and South. I joined a message board and a lady on the board suggested I might try writing a novel. I had never considered writing a book before. Never. I was also amazingly clueless. At the time I thought, how hard could writing a book be?

What was it like when you got “The Call”? Thank heavens “The Call” was left on my answering machine, or I’d have a deaf editor. Of course, I have yet to erase the message. Not that I have ever listened to it again, you understand.

Did you think that The Rake’s Handbook was the book that would get you published? No. Many fabulous authors write numerous books before they are published, so my expectations were rather low.

What’s your favorite paragraph in The Rake’s Handbook?

Elinor hid a grin. “Do you remember the titles of the missing chapters?”

He readily answered. “Oh, there are so many depraved titles, but Method to handle the frolicsome, To rent unmentionables, along with Tie me up and fill my glass, were rather crudely torn from book. While What to do when there are two, Larks and sprees and Something’s A-Miss, all remained, so I obtained a pretty good idea about the depraved book as a whole.”

She pursed her lips. “You have a good memory.”

Who are your top three favorite rake heroes? The droll Marquis of Alverstoke from Frederica by Georgette Heyer. The intense Clayton Westmoreland from Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught. And the mature lover Sir Waldo Hawkridge from The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer.


The Rake’s Handbook arrives on shelves and online tomorrow, so be sure to pick up your copy! For more debut authors, historical romances and buzz, visit our Everything Romance page.

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