Vicky, welcome back to Under the Covers.  We are very excited about the release of WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS.

Thanks for the invitation. I’ve always enjoyed your site!

What’s your favorite thing about writing a romance about two characters that have always been each other’s nemesis? 

Watching them struggle with their old perceptions of each other, and then slowly realizing that there are facets of the person they never knew about.

Our heroine Angeline is admirable, strong and determined, even though she’s been through a lot.  Do you often find inspiration in real life people for your characters?

No, I never find inspiration in real people. I’m a pantser all the way, and my characters just show up. That’s the only explanation I have. While writing my books, I discover who they are and what drives them to obtain their story goal. The idea of making character charts leaves me cold. For me, the process is subconscious.

What is your favorite scene in the book?

Chapter Fifteen, page 318. Here’s the short excerpt:

More than anything, he wanted to give her a gift, her heart’s desire. She didn’t want anything for herself. She just wanted it for her sister. He didn’t know if he could manage it, but he would do everything in his power to make it happen. (I just teared up writing it. Colin had a lot of growth in this book, but oh, what a hero he made.)

The book also has humor.  Do you have a favorite funny quote?

Oh, yes! My editor laughed really hard when she read this one:

“Good Lord. No wonder virgins are kept in the dark. They would all be lifting their skirts for any man willing …to do that.” 😉

All of my books contain humor. I believe the ability to laugh over our own foibles sets us free. The humor in my books is part of my voice and integral to who I am. When I first started writing, I had to learn to balance the humor with the conflict and drama. Humor is often a great release—a moment to breathe for the reader after a particularly intense passage in a novel. Now that I’ve written five books, the process is seamless to me. I just trust my instincts.

Rakes are every popular.  What is it about a rake that draws you in and keeps you writing them?

To some degree every romance is a fantasy. In historical romance in particular, you have a heroine who is constrained by the proprieties of the time period. She has to be smart in order to reach her goal, because a misstep could potentially ruin her. At the same time, however, she usually has much to teach the hero who spends his time gambling, drinking, and wenching. He has friends, but dialogue for a hero is often about maintaining or gaining status. It is only with the heroine that he is able to open up and follow his path to finding his ideal lover with whom he will create the family that brings him love and happiness.

What is next for Vicky Dreiling?

Harry’s book! WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES, book three in The Sinful Scoundrels series. I don’t have a publication date yet, but I’ll definitely let readers know as soon as possible.

And now here are a excerpt for you to enjoy:

An excerpt of the first chapter can be found on my Facebook author page:https://www.facebook.com/vickydreilinghistoricalauthor


Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn’t comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.


Regardless of the ton’s whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won’t settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more . . .

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  1. I got an ARC of your book and I am enjoying every second of it. I really like Colin. I like him almost more than Angeline. I like the writing you do from his point of view and I like the way we are introduced to him in the front of the book. I believe that typically we meet the heroine and are introduced to her situation, then the man comes along. A style where we meet the hero first, and are introduced to his situation first, is refreshing and I think does just a little bit to bring historical romance beyond the stereotypical idea of ‘distressed woman is saved by heroic man’ (which between you and me I enjoy sometimes too … lol). Anyway…. I see I’ve already typed too much for my own good again. Loving the book!

  2. Fun interview, Vicky. Love hearing your thoughts and about your writing process. Excited that What A Reckless Rogue Needs will be out in just a couple days!