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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Interview of Author Alanna Lucas

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author Alanna Lucas.

Latest Book: When We Dance
Buy Link: Amazon

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California. From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel destination Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or going for long walks. Alanna Lucas is a member of the Romance Writers of America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

Q: What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
A: Having two kids at home all the time (I homeschool them) can be a challenge. I tend to be most productive in the afternoon- the kids are doing homework and all is (usually) quiet.

Only when I am writing the first draft do I keep track of my word count- I strive for 2k words a day.

Q: What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
A: Building my brand.

Q: How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?
A: More than I care to admit

Q: Do you eat comfort food/listen to music when writing?
A: I listen to classical music- especially Beethoven- while writing.

Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: I reference Names Through the Ages by Teresa Norman. I also research mythology and folklore.

Q: Covers. Ever get one you wish you could change?
A: Nope *knocks on wood*. Boroughs Publishing Group has wonderful covers.

Q: Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
A: Listen to people, but then do what is right for you.

Q: If you could give a younger version of yourself advice, what would it be?
A: Don’t stress so much (still trying to master that one!)

Q: What genre would you like to try writing that you haven’t yet tried?
A: Inspirational.

Q: How many stories are swirling around in your head? Do you keep a mental list, a computer file, or a spiral notebook filled with the ideas?
A: 13 currently. Each book has its own journal and computer folder for research.

Fun Stuff:
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Christmas. I love decorating with my children.

Q: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A: I like to collect old coins. I can play the piano.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A teacher (I homeschool my two kids).

Q: Favorite food.
A: Chocolate.

Q: Favorite happy memory.
A: Traveling with my husband and children to Europe.

Q: Favorite drink.
A: Red wine.

Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: Chilly winter nights.

Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: Traveling- lots of traveling!

Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: To have the ability to speak all languages.

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!

Miss Artemisia Germayne is used to gossip. She is far from the ton’s version of an ideal beauty. Worse still, she cannot dance. But when she finds herself in the uncomfortable predicament of abandonment on her wedding day, embarrassed and humiliated she retreats to the country.

Nigel Rochefort, second son of the Earl of Monfort, has always taken his good fortune for granted, so when the woman for whom he has a secret tendre is about to marry his friend, the only logical thing to do is break up the wedding. But that scandal is only the start. The bride’s sister has also disappeared, and Nigel must first clear his name to assure Artemisia’s affections. As he gives chase, many truths are yet to be learned. This is no simple country dance or game of seduction but an unstoppable waltz of desire—and true love.

She actually struck him. Nigel could not believe what had just happened. A woman had just struck him. Not just any woman or casual acquaintance, but Artemisia. Not a delicate slap, but a hard punch full of pent up anger. That had never happened to him before. He just sat there...stunned. Did she suspect?

Before he had the opportunity to reflect further on the question, Lord Germayne made an announcement and swarms of guests brushed past him, giving him curious looks as they filed out of the chapel. His first thought was to stay put and wait for everyone to leave. He was in no mood for inquisitive gossipmongers, but he did not want to be trapped, surrounded by the same gossips in question.

Following the herd of bright dresses and fanciful hats out of the chapel, whispered theories swirled around him as to the whereabouts of Mr. Chartwick. The general consensus was that the groom had cold feet. Nigel knew otherwise.

Nigel was within earshot when Lady Lamden began to weave one of her vicious tales. “...and this is not the only scandal facing Lord and Lady Germayne. Did you notice that Miss Philippa Germayne was not in attendance?”

The pair of gossips stopped walking, and huddled together, too deep in tittle-tattle to notice that anyone was eavesdropping.

Ducking behind a large urn of flowers, Nigel strained to hear the conversation.

“I have it on the best authority that the young lady in question is not indisposed, but has disappeared altogether.”


“She has not been seen since yesterday when she was discovered alone in the park with a certain notorious rake.”

Nigel’s stomach lurched with guilt. He was the notorious rake they spoke of.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for stopping by!


Cara Marsi said...

Hi, Alanna. Nice to meet you. I enjoyed your interview and your terrific excerpt. Best of luck to you,

Alanna Lucas said...

Thank you Cara :-)

Alanna Lucas said...

Thank you for having me today Romance Books '4' Us!

Barbara Bettis said...

I like that superpower choice, the ability to speak all languages. Enjoyed getting to know you better.

Jane Lynne Daniels said...

What a great superpower choice! I hadn't thought of that one - wouldn't it be amazing. Wonderful interview, Alanna. Can't wait to read the book.

jean hart stewart said...

Love notorious rakes...thanks for joining us today....

Janice Seagraves said...

Great interview and I loved the excerpt.


Melissa Keir said...

What a beautiful cover! It's great to meet you and I enjoyed the interview!

R. Ann Siracusa said...

Very nice interview. I will definitely put your books in my to-read stack. Ann

Alanna Lucas said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :-)

Alanna Lucas said...

Thank you, Boroughs Publishing Group does a wonderful job with the covers.

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