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Monday, May 7, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON Anna Harrington and Who Doesn't Love A Duke?


Please welcome historical romance author Anna Harrington!

Tell us a little about the kinds of romance you write – I write spicy Regency romances with a modern feel. I create progressive heroines who are strong, determined, and unwilling to settle and larger than life heroes who are always strong and dashing. I also love to toss in dry humor and jokes whenever possible. If I can make you laugh through your tears, then I’ve done my job well.

How did your writing career begin? – I read one of the Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, and became so intrigued by the Regency world she created that I knew I wanted to tell stories like those myself. Three years and two series later, I still have dozens of stories left that I can’t wait to tell.

Are you indie, traditional or hybrid? – I’m hybrid now, with both trad published books and now moving into self-pubbing, which I’m very excited about. You can take more risks and do all kinds of interesting things with self-pubbed books, and I’m looking forward to pushing the boundaries!

Philosophies or epiphanies on writing or reading you’d like to share? – An author cannot fall in love with her characters. In order to create good stories, you have to be willing to do things to those characters that you would never wish on your own worst enemies—grief beyond bearing, tragedy, loss, anguish, shattered hearts…You cannot turn the world against them if you love them too much. Keeping a distance from the characters and the story also helps when you have to revise and have to cut out entire chapters, entire characters, or stretches of dialogue and description that you labored to create. Having to let go of all that is so very hard, but it has to be done to create a better book.

What advice would you give new writers? — Read. Read. Then read some more. Read everything, not just within your subgenre but EVERYTHING. Read it and then analyze it to consciously determine what works and what doesn’t. Read good books, of course, but also read bad books. Sometimes you can learn more by learning what not to do. Then write the book *you* want to read, with characters *you* want to create, telling the story *you* want to tell.

Favorite snack while writing? – COFFEE!! Followed closely by peanut M&M’s.

What is your superpower? – The ability to always find good parking spaces (I’m not very superheroic…I appreciate the little things.)

What is your spirit animal? – Hmm…I’m not certain I have one. Perhaps a bird? I love to fly airplanes and to find all kinds of new perspectives on the world. (And who doesn’t love to vacation in the south during the winter??)

What color is your aura? – Emerald Green

Tell us about your latest release! – My latest is a novella that’s part of Regency era trio with Grace Burrowes and Kelly Bowen called NO DUKES ALLOWED, out on May 15th.  Three heroines sharing a seaside house for the season, three dashing heroes…three unforgettable love stories.

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A DUKE? Dukes have proven to be nothing but trouble for Oliver Graham, Maxwell Thorpe, and Adam Morecambe. Dukes have stolen their old loves, interfered in their business affairs, and in general been arrogant nuisances. They’ve been so much trouble, in fact, that the three old friends now live by a simple rule—No Dukes Allowed…in their professional and personal lives. But when dukes once again start stirring up trouble for the three men, will they be able to hold to that rule…or will their hearts force them into contact with the very dukes they despise, in order to be with the women they love?

♥ To pre-order the book:
Kindle – https://amzn.to/2uVO62X
Nook – https://bit.ly/2EvBOh5
iBooks – https://apple.co/2H2jyS3
Kobo – https://bit.ly/2IBAH1P
Google Play – https://bit.ly/2JvvSIH
Read a special except from my novella, THE DOUBLE DUCHESS, at:  https://bit.ly/2qfJDTX

Author bio -- I fell in love with historical romances—and all those dashing Regency heroes!—while living in London, where I studied literature and theatre. I love to travel, fly airplanes, and hike, and when I’m not busy writing romances or doing my day job as a humanities professor, I can usually be found in my garden, tending to my roses. (I have a serious rose addiction – 30 bushes and counting. Wanna see pictures? Stop by my FB page or Twitter account. I cannot help myself!)

Social Media links – Find all my social media links at www.annaharringtonbooks.com/follow  While you’re there, be sure to sign up for my newsletter and get a free digital download.

Giveaways? – There will be 4 contests on my FB page on release day on 5/15. Stop by and join in the fun: https://www.facebook.com/annaharrington.regencywriter/


1 comment:

jean hart stewart said...

An enjoyable and interesting interview....thanks.

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