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.
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.