Jen: Today we welcome Loreen Augeri to Romancing the Book. Loreen, will you please share a short bio with us?
Loreen: First, I would like to thank you for having me here today. I live in Massachusetts with my husband of twenty-nine years and two daughters. I am a member of RWA and the New England Chapter. When I am not writing or working in the town library, I enjoy reading, walking, and spending time at the beach.
Jen: Tell us about Tormented Hearts and where it’s available.
Loreen: Tormented Hearts is a Regency-set historical romance about an earl devastated by his wife’s death and the part he played in it and a commoner fleeing from her abusive, aristocratic husband. Both want to be left alone to deal with life as best they can, but circumstances and the earl’s scheming brother constantly throw them together. While battling a fierce thunderstorm, befriending a wild dog, escaping into the forest, and fighting against the passion that consumes them, they heal each other’s tormented heart.
It is available in paperback and e-book from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Fictionwise, and All Romance. There are links on my website www.loreenaugeri.com.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Loreen: When I was a young girl I wrote about the horses I used to ride but I never finished them. I started writing historical romance about fifteen years ago. I enjoyed the writing process so much that as soon as I wrote “The End” I started another story without editing the previous one. When my children grew older and didn’t need as much of my time, I polished my books after I wrote them and tried to get published. I sent Tormented Hearts to The Wild Rose Press and the editor that read it e-mailed me that she liked my book but she had to get approval from her boss. I was excited and on pins and needles until she e-mailed back that she was offering me a contract.
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Loreen: My nephew told me the other day that he just started writing a novel.
Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
Loreen: I work out the internal and external goal, motivation, and conflict for each character and then I go with the flow.
Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Loreen: No. I have an office, but I usually write sitting on the sofa in my living room.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Loreen: I haven’t been to England, although I’d like to in the future, and unfortunately I can’t go back in time, so all my research for Tormented Hearts was done through books and the internet.
Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Loreen: When I write, the characters live in my head and I try to take on their persona and feel their emotions. They only haunt my dreams when I am stuck on some point in the story and have to find a solution. The answers often come to me while I’m awake in bed when I should be sleeping.
Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Loreen: I’d like to write romantic suspense or adventure because I enjoy the action. I’ll probably stay away from erotic romance. I don’t think I could write that explicitly.
Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? And if you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?
Loreen: England during the time of castles, knights, and damsels in distress. I have always been fascinated by that period. The large castles, sword fights, tournaments, and muscular men (they had to be to wear armor and wield those heavy swords).
The three things I would take would be my husband, to share the adventure with, a camera, to take pictures of everything around me that I will never see up close again (I would surely write a romance about it once I returned to this time period), and pen and paper (that is four but I am putting pen and paper as one) to write about everything I do and see.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?
Loreen: My husband and I opened a bottle of champagne.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Loreen: I love Johanna Lindsey’s and Catherine Coulter’s earlier historicals, Brenda Joyce, Sabrina Jeffries, Candace Camp, Lynsay Sands, Shannon Drake, Teresa Medeiros to name a few. Right now I am reading The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne. Some of my favorite books are Surrender by Pamela Clare, My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley, A Lady Never Tells by Candace Camp, The Conqueror by Brenda Joyce, and The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Loreen: I have a story I have almost finished editing, another that I am in the middle of editing, and an idea for a story that I will start as soon as I have completed the other two.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Loreen: My website is www.loreenaugeri.com. I am on Facebook and Goodreads.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Loreen: What would you like to see more of in historical romance books?
Jen: Readers, if you leave a comment, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a .pdf of Tormented Hearts. The winner must be over the age of eighteen. After you’ve left your comment, you must either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to complete your entry. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, August 22.