Interview & Contest: Shana Galen

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Jen: Today we are thrilled to welcome Shana Galen to Romancing the Book.  Shana, please share a short bio with us.
Shana: Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice Winner The Making of a Gentleman and the RT-nominated When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Shana: My latest release is If You Give a Rake a Ruby, book 2 in the Jewels of the Ton Series. The idea is my own take on Dickens’s Oliver Twist, but Oliver is a woman and she’s all grown up. She may have escaped the streets of London, but she hasn’t escaped her past completely.

Her Mysterious Past is the Best Revenge…

Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.

Only He Can Offer Her a Dazzling Future…

Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he’s putting his life on the line…

To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what makes her his heart’s desire…

 

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Shana: I’m a pantser. I really plot as little as possible and allow the story to unfold organically. This often means some backtracking and stopping to think where to go next, but I don’t know how else to write. This is the natural way for me. Plotting stresses me out and makes the writing feel like work.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Shana: Fast-paced, adventurous, romantic

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Shana: I use the Notes function on my iPhone and put down some key words that sum up my thoughts. Probably 99% of the time when I go back, I realize the idea is not going to work. But sometimes, if I work on it a bit more, I can make it work. Those ideas become books.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write?
Shana: I’d like to write a YA, but so far none of my proposals have been accepted. I used to teach middle and high school, and I love literature for that age. Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? I would stay away from writing anything with a paranormal element. Why? I don’t read it that much, and when I’ve tried to add paranormal elements in the past, they never work for me. I can’t make the reader believe it.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Shana: I really identify with Will, the Duke of Pelham, from my last book, When You Give a Duke a Diamond. He likes routine, predictability, punctuality. He has a lot of difficulty with change and has to learn to be flexible. I’ve definitely had to learn that in my own life.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Shana: The next book in my Lord and Lady Spy series will be out in September. It’s titled True Spies and continues the story of Adrian and Sophia from Lord and Lady Spy, as well as introducing a new couple.


 

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65 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Shana Galen

  1. Sarah says:

    My first Shana Galen book was The Making of a Duchess and couldn’t finish that series fast enough. Love your stories Shana! I am a huge fan. 🙂

  2. Betty Hamilton says:

    I read book one of this series and enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to reading this one as well. Keep those great reads coming!!

  3. Andhina Arum says:

    my first book was The Making of A Duchess too, then my favorite is Lord and Lady Spy… Now can’t wait for True Spies!!! 😀

  4. Nicole Laverdure says:

    You wrote that “Will likes routine, predictability, punctuality. He has a lot of difficulty with change and has to learn to be flexible.” I don’t like routine! Loves like a romantic story to read. Shana, can you tell us more about your next book? thank you for the giveaway of your beautiful book!
    nlaverdure88@videotron.ca

    • Nicole, my next release is a novella, based on Blue from Lord and Lady Spy. It comes out in August. And then TRUE SPIES, the next Lord and Lady Spy book will be out. It’s a nod tothe movie True Lies.

  5. Kate Sparks says:

    I have had an advance copy and loved – loved – loved it!! I am certainly looking forward to your continued writings with great anticipation!!

  6. Sue G. says:

    What did you teach in middle school and high school?

    I also love your covers. Such pretty, bold dresses, although I must say I like the shirt partially unbuttoned on the newest one! 😉

    • Sue, I taught English and Reading. No surprise, huh? For a while there all my guys were shirtless and then they all had shirts. back to losing clothes again on this one.

  7. Xoun J. says:

    I haven’t read any of your books yet Shana (>__<), but I am always open to new authors. I love reading historical romances because of the classic elements. Great interview! I use to tutor middle school aged kids in the summer time, boy are they something! Hopefully you take a go on YA. I've read a few and enjoy them. ^-^

  8. Patti P says:

    I wish I had the money to just buy all of the books of yours that I am missing but sadly I will have to either collect them slowly or depend on the library if I can not wait.
    I have to say I went to your website and there is one contemporary title there that I MUST have. It has been added to the top of my to buy list.
    Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us.

  9. Linda Mc says:

    Great interview. Congrats on the book release. I’m always interested in writers are plotters or pantsers. I have not written much, but when I have, I have plotted it out in great detail. I think my next go at will be to not plot so much ahead of time and see how it goes. Need to find what works best for me.

    • Linda, definitely try a few different processes. One clue might be to look around your house and office space. Do you have everything in piles so that to an outsider it might look like a mess, but you can see it and know where everything is? Or is everything relatively neat and put away? Do you like things to be in their place? I have found that people who are externally organized (meaning they like to see their papers, clothes, etc.) tend to be plotters. People who are internally organized (meaning they don’t need to see everything in front of them and can keep it in their heads) are often pantsers.

  10. erinf1 says:

    Congrats Shana on the new release! My question for you… if you could host an old fashion tea party, who would you invite, if you could have your pick of any one through out history or literature across any time period?

  11. Virginia H says:

    I have read When You Give A Duke a Diamond and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to get more of the series to read.

  12. Leanna H says:

    I wish you the best of luck with writing YA this is when we get kids hooked on reading. I put my grocery list in the notes section of my cell phone very handy and it is always with me.

  13. Elizabeth Schroedle says:

    I am one of those readers that only reads books from certain authors. I read an excerpt from one of your books on some readers’ website. I don’t remember which one. It intrigued me so I liked you on Facebook and started looking for your books. I am happy to report that I have added you to “my authors to collect books from” shelf. These collections are books that I will never give away. P.S. A little secret>>>I really follow you to get the latest “on dit” about Kate Middleton. LOL

  14. Chelsea B. says:

    Hi, Shana! *Waves* I feel like I’m already a fan of yours, because I always stalk your blog posts, haha 😉 Looking forward to When You Give a Duke A Diamond! LOVE those titles, by the way!

  15. Barbara Elness says:

    I really enjoyed the interview and I’m so happy to hear that the next book in the Lord and Lady Spy series is coming out. I can’t wait to read True Spies, as well as the Jewels of the Ton series. 😀

  16. librarypat says:

    Have your YA proposals been historical or contemporary? The big thing in that market right now is paranormal which you said just isn’t something you write. There is some good paranormal out there in the YA market, but I think the field has narrowed so much that teens are missing out on other readings options. I hope you get a proposal accepted soon. In the meantime, I am enjoying the books you are writing for us adult romance readers.

  17. BookLady says:

    Enjoy reading historical romance and will be putting your books on my TBR list. How much research is involved with writing your books?

    • A lot, BookLady. Even though I know the basics of my period now, I still have to look up a lot of details. This morning I spent about 30 minutes looking at house plans to make sure i got the location of a servant staircase correct.

  18. Congrats on being such an awesome author… oops I mean on your latest release. 😉 I think you described your writing style perfectly. I fell in love with your writing in When You Give a Duke a Diamond, and have started collecting your other series to dive into. I love that when I read your novels it isn’t just an ordinary HR it is an adventure loaded with romance and excitement. I always search for reads that suck me in and make the world around me disappear and that is what Jewels of the Ton has done. Congrats on your newest release let the countdown until #3 begin!

  19. Jen B. says:

    I love the playful names of this series. I have been wanting to read If You Give A Duke A Diamond. Do you also like the names on your books or do you look back and wish you could change them now that you have more of the series?

  20. Diane Sallans says:

    I see that Sapphires are coming next in this series – that’s my favorite gem & also my birthstone – what’s after that?

  21. Martha Lawson says:

    I really enjoyed the interview! The excerpt was awesome, I’m putting this one on the wishlist. The cover is very pretty. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  22. Veronica says:

    I love Oliver Twist! I love when novels are twists on classics! Can’t wait to read this! 🙂

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