Lana Williams writes historical romance filled with mystery, adventure, and a pinch of paranormal to stir things up. Her medieval romances begin with A Vow To Keep, the first in The Vengeance Trilogy, followed by Trust In Me, the second.
Filled with a love of books from an early age, Lana put pen to paper and decided happy endings were a must in any story she created. She writes in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two growing sons, and two dogs.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release.
Lana: My latest release is Trust In Me, the second medieval romance in The Vengeance Trilogy. This book tells the story of Lord Nicholas de Bremont, a man determined to avenge his brother, and Lady Elizabeth, who strikes a bargain with the angry lord to save her father. Nicholas and Elizabeth’s story is a twist on the beauty and the beast theme as Nicholas has the gift (or the curse as Nicholas would call it) of second sight. In my first book, Nicholas is a young child and his second sight is already causing him problems. LOL! I couldn’t wait to explore how that gift would affect him as an adult!
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Lana: While I love reading many genres, Historical Romance is my favorite to read and to write. Those were the first romances I read – books by Barbara Cartland, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, and so many others. The emotional angst set against the backdrop of all that rich history is something I absolutely adore. My next trilogy is set in Victorian London in the 1890’s. I’m eager to explore that time period further. I love adding a paranormal element to complicate things. As far as genres I won’t be writing – I have a difficult time reading thrillers – too vivid of an imagination I think! LOL!
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Lana: Writing is an incredibly challenging endeavor in so many ways – from sitting down in front of a blank page, knowing that you need to fill 400+ of them, to marketing the finished product. It is one of those careers where you are never done learning. Whether it is deepening your theme or learning Pinterest, there are always other things you need to improve on. I don’t know that I would use the word ‘easy’ to describe any of it, but I love it all the same. The most rewarding part is hearing from readers (including surprised family members-ha!) about how much they loved the story.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Lana: My routine is to fit in 15 minute sessions as many times throughout the day as I can! I rise early to squeeze in some quiet time but I also write in the evenings on the couch while watching TV with my family. I always have a notepad with me so idle time is not wasted.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Lana: That is not something I get a lot of, but any I have is spent with my family. We love watching movies, camping, riding ATVs, and hiking. All the while, I tend to be thinking about my current work in progress!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Lana: My next release will be Believe In Me, the third and final book in The Vengeance Trilogy and will be available May 2013. It follows the story of William, Nicholas’s brother, who nearly died in the second book. He encounters a woman who is determined to avenge the murder of her mother–and Nicholas is squarely in her way. Needless to say, sparks fly!