Meet the Author of LOVE, LIES & SPIES, Cindy Anstey!

Everyone here at Swoon Reads HQ is so excited to introduce you all to the five (!!!) new authors who have joined the Swoon Reads family for Season 4. First up we have Cindy Anstey, author of the charming and devilishly cheeky historical novel, Love, Lies & Spies, formerly titled A Modest Predicament on the site. We fell in love with the funny and perfectly set style of Regency England, spun together with a winking modern sense of humor.

Where did the idea for Love, Lies & Spies come from?

Research is the lifeblood of all my plots — I love finding something obscure and playing the game of ‘what if’. The seed of Love, Lies & Spies was planted when I learned that smugglers and spies were in cahoots during the Regency period.

What draws you to the Regency era?

The Regency period is full of wonderful contradictions; a time where appearances and manners are of the utmost importance, even to those who readily flout convention. Elegance, luxury and frivolity kept the Beau Monde world turning. Their shenanigans — real and imagined — provide excellent fodder for my sense of the ridiculous.

If you could spend a day in the world of Love, Lies & Spies, what would you do and who would you do it with?

If I could spend a day in London in 1813, I would go with Juliana to the British Museum and devour every display — for the odd assumptions and the surprisingly accurate guesses, sitting side by side. Juliana and I would have some great debates and laughs.

Who would play your characters in a movie?

I might go with the following:

Juliana — Emma Watson

Spencer — Liam Hemsworth

Carrie — Saoirse Ronan

Bobbington — Ansel Elgort

What is your favorite Regency novel?

It is near impossible to choose just one Regency period novel — easier to pick a favorite star in the heavens… (a line from Ever After that reflects my sentiments exactly). Better to identify my favorite Regency authors: Jane Austen (of course), Georgette Heyer (of course) and Jude Morgan.

What makes you swoon?

Sitting on the beach with my husband, watching the Perseid meteor shower out over the lake — a warm summer breeze, the loons calling through the dark, and a shoulder to lean on.

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