Lynne: I began my writing career at a very young age publishing scads of books with crayon and construction paper. In college, I abandoned my craft to study other authors’ novels with a focus on American Literature. After college, I wrote fiction of a different sort by drafting press releases and marketing communications for technology companies. I joined the Romance Writers of America and the Washington Romance Writers to perfect my craft after writing bits and pieces of several terrible novels. I live with my husband and two children.
Jen: Tell us about His Desirable Debutante and where it can be purchased.
Lynne: In HDD, Lord Pierce Brandford promised his mother he’d find a bride—and planned to leave her and return to his debauched life in London as soon as possible. But that was before his marriage to Lady Helene Sayer, a woman with a wanton reputation and passionate nature to match his own. When he discovers his new wife is actually a virgin desperate to suppress her desires, he vows to initiate her in all manner of sensual delights until she begs her wicked husband to take her in every way….
It can be purchased online at www.eharlequin.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboBooks
Lynne: As a child, I always was writing stories, but in typical teenage fashion, I ran as far away from writing as possible when my mother kept encouraging me to “do something with my writing.” It wasn’t until we moved to a new city while I was pregnant that I picked up the pen (keyboard) again. I played around with several stories, always in the romance genre, but didn’t get serious until I joined RWA and learned a lot more about the craft.
My “call” story is actually an “email” story and demonstrates how much of a newbie I was. One of my critique partners had shared a link to the submissions page for Harlequin Spice Briefs. At the time I’d been writing and struggling with a romantic suspense with sci-fi elements. Writing something kinky under 15k words sounded like a vacation compared to my struggles. So I took a month and wrote “Rapture.” Then I submitted it. And waited. And waited. And waited a little more. (See how clueless I was? I ONLY submitted it to HQN. It never occurred to me to submit it elsewhere, because I had written it for them.) After 18 months, I’d forgotten about it and assumed they had too. Besides, other fun stuff was happening. I’d received news that the RomSusp story I’d been struggling with had finaled then WON and then been REQUESTED in the Beacon contest. I was flying high. That was on a Friday. On Monday, I received an email from Susan Swinwood asking if “Rapture” was still available because Spice wanted it. Nice week, huh?
Lynne: No writers, but my father is a wonderful, natural storyteller. You know, the type…the person who is the center of attention at any gathering, telling stories with drama and flair? That’s him.
Lynne: A quiet room. I can’t write at Starbucks. And my fingerless writing gloves and my snuggie. I don’t care if it’s August, I need to be swaddled.
Lynne: I write faster under deadline. I do struggle finding time to fit family life with writing the book and marketing the book. I don’t think I’m alone in that struggle for work/life balance.
Lynne: I ADORE romance- all levels from the sweet to the highly, highly kinky. (I’m looking at you Kate Pearce and Tiffany Reisz.) As a reader, I find great satisfaction dropping in on the beginnings of love for two people. As a writer, I enjoy working within the structure of romance. I know my story will always end up at point B with an HEA. The fun is in the journey.
Lynne: It varies from house to house. Spice Briefs accepts only stories that are ready to go. They did request a title name change for “His Desirable Debutante.” The original title was not hot enough.
I also work with a wonderful editor at Ellora’s Cave who offers great feedback about your work, but is flexible about the author’s input. The publishing world is pretty open for authors now and if you find your editor is too controlling about the work, you have choices. But editors know their stuff and have insights into the market that authors may not have. Open your mind to their advice.
Lynne: My favorite character is the one I’m currently living with. Sad but true. I have character ADD and tend to replace my affections as soon as they’re not on my computer screen every day.
Lynne: In romance, I love Kate Pearce (Simply Series), Lisa Kleypas (Wallflowers), Grace Burrowes (The Soldier), Kristan Higgins (Every.Single.One.), Kresley Cole.
In non-romance, I revert to my high school reading list. Aldous Huxley, Kurt Vonnegut, Judy Blume (Okay, she was NOT on the 10th grade assigned reading list, but still…) and non-fiction like Freakonomics, World is Flat kind of stuff.
I am currently on a Kristan Higgins kick.
Lynne: I’m gonna pull it from an Amazon review: “It’s rare to find a story of gay passion to be so sweet and respectful.”
That quote is in regard to “Behind the Duke’s Door,” in which, Harry, a duke who happens to be homosexual, must marry or risk being hanged. I wanted the story to convey the emotion of being persecuted for who you love, and I’m so glad my readers picked that up.
Lynne: I’m finishing up a regency erotic novella and am embarking on a contemporary story with heat, but not quite as dirty as my other works.
Lynne: Well, I always want to know what readers want to read, but let’s make it more fun…If you could introduce a historical character to a contemporary character for friendship (or more), who would it be?
I would introduce Daisy Bowman from Lisa Kleypas’ Scandal in Spring to Judy Blume’s Deenie, because I think they’d be friends. And bond over pushy mothers.
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