In which we get to know our Heyer Society contributors — and their Heyer cred — a little better…
Name: Tabetha Waite
Heyer Society Essay: “Was Georgette Heyer a Snob, and Does It Matter?”
1. How old were you when you read your first Georgette Heyer novel?
I’m a relatively new fan of Ms. Heyer’s work.
2. What was it?
3. How did you discover her work?
That was courtesy of one of my older cousins. She was shocked that I hadn’t read anything by Ms. Heyer considering I was a fan of Jane Austen. She gifted me with several of her novels.
4. Did Heyer lead you to read other authors in similar genres?
It was the other way around. I fell in love with the Regency era years ago and slowly began to delve into the genre. Most of what I read were newer authors, so I decided it was time to read some of the modern classics, like Ms. Heyer.
5. What is the Heyer book you read most recently?
The Grand Sophy.
6. Which of her books have you read the most often?
Since I’m still working my way through my TBR pile, I haven’t reread any. Yet!
7. Which, if any, would you never read again?
I’ll let you know when I come across one that isn’t to my liking, but I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read thus far.
8. If you could be a Heyer heroine, which would you choose?
Probably Deborah Grantham from Faro’s Daughter. I love the fact she is a determined lady intent on restoring her respectability on her own, even if it may be by the somewhat unsavory means of gambling.
9. Which Heyer hero (or heroine) would make the best husband/wife/partner?
Hmm. That is a tough one. Maybe the Duke of Avon from These Old Shades. He is quite a rake, and aren’t reformed ones always the best?
How has Georgette Heyer influenced your life?
By helping me to understand the Regency era even better. Ms. Heyer had a certain way of bringing the conversation and scenery to life. While I like to add a bit of ‘spice’ to my characters, she will be the guiding light that I refer to.
Tabetha Waite is an award-winning author of historical romance. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two daughters. She appreciates Georgette Heyer because of her knowledge of the Regency period and her influence on the modern romance novel.