Interview & Contest: Lana Williams

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJen: Today we welcome Lana Williams to Romancing the Book. Lana, will you share a short bio with us?
Lana: Thank you so much for having me on Romancing the Book!  Here’s my official bio:

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.

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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!

 
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48 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Lana Williams

  1. Hi Lana, nice to see you’re here! I think a lot of us were bitten with the reading, then writing bug with the early masters of Romance–as we know it today. Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsay, and Rosemary Rogers were among my favorite authors. So much has changed since I started reading Romance. The genre is stronger and the books are written with a tighter, more vivid emotional feel for the reader. I love what you said about your writing routine because it so resembles mine and reminds me that we continually strive to get that next scene written. TRUST IN ME sounds like a fun read. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Hi Jaye! Thanks for coming by! I think you’re right – the genre is even stronger now! I’ll be thinking of you as I squeeze in my writing time! LOL!

  2. Hi, Lana! I LOVE your comment about writing not exactly being easy. What thing in life that is worth keeping is easy, right? I’m so excited to read your last in this series and the Victorian series too! I’m like DeAnna, where the 1890s are some of my favorite times too!

    Hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to say “Hi!” to Jaye too! Tweet me!

    Have a great day, and I’ll keep checking your website for when those books are coming out!

  3. Trust In Me sounds amazing—congrats on the release, Lana! The cover is goooorgeous (:

    As for me, this probably isn’t unique but some people are surprised to discover I do volunteer work and not just for my community service requirements. I’ve coached swimming, water safety, and sports for camps, performed in benefit concerts, tutored, and been on orphanage trips in the past. It’s something I love to do because I hope to at least make some sort of impact in this world, even it’s through the smallest service.

    Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode

    • Karielle – so awesome that you do so much volunteer work! Terrific! If we all do a little, we can certainly make a difference in the world – thanks for all you do!

  4. Hi Lana-

    Great interview. I think you’re idea of using 15 minute increments to fit in writing. I use that method too! Love your cover and congrats on the third book coming out in May!! Look forward to it.

    Michelle

  5. The first two books of the Vengeance Trilogy were awesome. Looking forward to the next installment. Love the Victorian Era. Can’t wait to see how you handle romance in such a repressive era for women.

    • Hi Chris! So glad you enjoyed the first two medieval romances. Yes, women’s rights were not quite the thing in the Victorian era! LOL! In some ways, women were worse off than during medieval times. However, I write fiction, so I get to have some fun with it! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Ruth C. says:

    Had to chuckle when I read that you write while watching TV. Family and friends would shake their heads when I would read a book and watch TV at the same time – then they would ask me questions about the book and TV show to ascertain if I was paying attention to both.

    These books all seem to be exactly what I like to read so will have to scout around for them.

    Have a GREAT day everyone.

    • Hi Ruth! My mom is still very good at reading and watching TV! Makes me laugh! I don’t catch everything, but at least I’m there if something good happens! ha! Take care.

  7. Jennie Marts says:

    Hi Lana,
    It is fun to see an interview by you! I have read both of these books and loved them! i can’t wait for May for the next one!
    I really admire your dedication to a daily writing routine! Keep it up! the books set in London sound fun too!

    • Thanks so much, Jennie! I love writing every day as it keeps the story fresh in my mind, so hopefully my subconscious is working out the kinks even when I’m not writing. I hope. 🙂

  8. Anne says:

    This wonderful interview interested me and the book is captivating and special. best wishes and continued enjoyment and success.

  9. Maria D. says:

    Well, I have to admit that lately I really kinda suck at the “hobby” thing….I used to do needlepoint and cross stich but gave that up, then I moved onto pottery, then that got old and I moved onto beading…while I still love beading (and do the occasional embroidery item) – I have issues with blending good colors together…lol..you would think I was color blind….Lately my hobby has been catching up on what I’ve got on the DVR ….lol…Good interview – I too cut my romance reading teeth on Barbara Cartland

    • Maria – how adventurous of you to keep trying new things! That’s awesome! Always learning something new, and in my opinion, that’s a very good thing. Funny how we go in cycles of what it is that keeps us entertained, huh? Take care!

  10. Marcy Shuler says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt, Lana, but sadly I really don’t do anything intriguing in my spare time. LOL I read. That’s about as wild as I get. 🙂

    • Hi Marcy! Well, crazy things happen in those books, don’t they! I live vicariously through the characters I read about too! So much more fun than doing those things yourself, right? Thanks for dropping by!

  11. gamistress66 says:

    I don’t do anything particularly interesting, surprising, etc with my free time (usually spend it reading or relaxing). use to paint some, but got away from.

  12. Kristina says:

    I don’t have much free time. When I’m not in class, or commuting to and from, I’m reading or blogging. I also love music and movies. That’s about it. 🙂

    I love Beauty and the Beast! Trust in me sounds great!

  13. Robin Nolet says:

    Loved this interview and LOVED Trust in Me! Can’t wait to read Believe In Me next! 🙂

  14. Veronica says:

    I just want to say I absolutely love the cover!

    And in my free time I like to listen to the radio and whistle to all the tunes I know : )

  15. erinf1 says:

    Congrats Lana on the new release! Thanks for sharing such a fun interview! I’m boring.. don’t do much besides read and take care of my dogs 🙂

  16. BookLady says:

    Congratulations on the publication of your new book, Trust in Me! I love historical fiction and the Vengeance Trilogy will be going on my TBR list. In my free time I like to sew and cross-stitch.

  17. Linda Thum says:

    Congrats on the release of your latest book! I read mainly historical or fantasy/PNR so this seems like something I’d definitely be interested in.

    Not surprisingly I spend most of my free time reading or looking for good books to read!

  18. Thanks for all your awesome comments! I love seeing what everyone is doing in their free time, and of course, I’m thrilled to meet so many fellow readers! Keep the comments coming!

  19. Shamara Catama says:

    I’m also a huge fan of historical romance, and am always looking for new authors writing in this genre. I totally agree with you that the emotional angst makes them all the more enjoyable.
    Good luck on your next release 🙂

  20. Karen H in NC says:

    Hi Lana,

    You are a new-to-me author. While I love reading Historical Romances, the Medieval period is not one I’ve read very often. Your book entices me into the time period. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. Oh, and to answer your question, I’m very quiet and laid back…the most exciting thing I do is watch TV dramas and read.

  21. Diane Sallans says:

    I don’t know if I do anything that unique or surprising, but I am constantly trying to get things organized and am always putting in more hooks etc.

  22. CassandraG says:

    Great interview. Another new author for the TBR list.Really don’t do anything unique or surprising.

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