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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16 comments on "Meet the Author of LOVE, LIES & SPIES, Cindy Anstey!"

Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas on April 8, 2015, 9:42 a.m. said:

Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas


Cindy. I knew we were going to be friends since I read your delightful novel, but you also have a beautiful chocolate lab? (I grew up with two!) And are the only person I have ever “met” that also knows and loves Jude Morgan? (my hands down favorite author! I mean I love Jane and Georgette, of course, but something about his novels …)
I often keep Indiscretion open while writing, just to have something wonderful sitting there for inspiration.
Congratulations! I cannot wait to read the final version – and I love the casting choices!
-Kelly

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Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas on April 8, 2015, 10:49 a.m. said:

Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas


We shall have to introduce the world to his delightfulness!
This is such a fun time. Can’t wait to keep hearing more and more. And thanks for sharing Chester with us!

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Cindy Anstey on April 8, 2015, 10:33 a.m. said:

Cindy Anstey


Thank you, Kelly, for your enthusiasm. It’s contagious. I, too, was surprised when you mentioned Jude Morgan in your review. I fell in love with his writing by way of ‘A Little Folly’. Hope you enjoy the new version of Love, Lies & Spies–I’m really looking forward to the final version of ‘These Vicious Masks’.
Exciting times!!
Cindy

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Anna Bowen on April 8, 2015, 9:58 a.m. said:

Anna Bowen


Go Regency! I’m so excited for this weekend when I will have time to finish Love, Lies & Spies. I love researching, too–it can be like fitting a puzzle of your own creation together. Congrats Cindy! : )

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Cindy Anstey on April 8, 2015, 10:40 a.m. said:

Cindy Anstey


Thank you, Anna. I enjoy researching so much, I have to force myself away from the nonfiction section. Actually, I love every aspect of the process–the research, the writing and, surprisingly, the revising. Guess I found my niche.
Cindy

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Lindsey Ouimet on April 8, 2015, 10:51 a.m. said:

Lindsey Ouimet


Well, Chester is just adorable! I look forward to reading Love, Lies, and Spies. Congrats!

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Cindy Anstey on April 8, 2015, 11:33 a.m. said:

Cindy Anstey


Thank you so much. Glad you like Chester; he is a bit of a handful as he is only 1.5 years old. Still, he sat up quite nicely on the footstool by my desk. Amazing what a treat in hand can do.
Hope you enjoy Love, Lies & Spies.
Cindy

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Kimberly Karalius on April 8, 2015, 11:02 a.m. said:

Kimberly Karalius


Hi Cindy! Your novel sounds awesome (I, too, and a big fan of anything Regency). Do you have a favorite Jane Austen hero? I mean, you know I had to ask that, right? Mr. Tilney will always be at the top of my list. The man knows muslin, after all 😉
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any of us Swoon authors 😀

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Cindy Anstey on April 8, 2015, 11:48 a.m. said:

Cindy Anstey


Hey Kimberly. Like you, my favourite Jane Austen hero would be nonstandard (Mr. Darcy would likely win if it were put to a vote). I love her military men and would have a hard time choosing between Colonel Brandon and Captain Wentworth.
I appreciate the offer to help with questions; I might have to take you up on that.
Cindy

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Jenn P. Nguyen on April 8, 2015, 11:34 a.m. said:

Jenn P. Nguyen


I love Regency and have attempted to write it a few times, but the research was too much. So you’re basically a rock star to me and your novel sounds amazing. Congrats!

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