Jen: Today we are welcoming back to the blog best selling author Shana Galen who is celebrating the release of True Spies. Shana, will you share a bio with us?
Shana: Shana Galen is the author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the Sons of the Revolution Trilogy, the Jewels of the Ton Series, as well as regency romance spy novels. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time, and is working on more regency romance novels! 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: At what age did you discover writing? Also, tell us your call story!
Shana: I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I have a Book About Me that I completed when I was 7, and in the back is a love story about Han Solo and Princess Leia. So I guess I was 7 when I discovered writing.
When I got The Call, I was teaching 6th grade at an inner city school. My agent called during class, and I answered my cell, even though that was setting a very bad example. But I knew negotiations were underway. How could I not answer? Anyway, he told me I’d sold two historicals and two chick lits to Avon, and I was in complete shock. I went from no books to having 4 contracted.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Shana: I watched True Lies again, which is the movie that inspired the book, and I researched town houses in London because there’s an exciting scene in a town house, and I needed to make sure I had the layout correct. I always have to look up the details of dress in the period, horses, important people and events during that time period, and details about London.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Shana: I have a Pinterest page where I share some of my inspiration. (http://pinterest.com/
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Shana: The most challenging of late is finding the time. My daughter demands a lot of attention, and since I just had an ebook bundle and a novella out, I’ve had to spend some time promoting those. So some days it feels like I do everything BUT write the book. The easiest is after I’ve written the first page of the day. That’s when the words start flowing. The most rewarding is writing The End, and feeling really good about what comes before.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Shana: Meeting readers. Most of the time I’m at my kitchen table writing away in a vacuum. I’ve got pages to write, laundry to fold, a dishwasher to empty, and a little girl who wants me to play princesses with her. It’s tough to remember that people actually read the words I write in those precious hours I spend writing. It’s like I have a completely other identity when I talk to writers, and it’s fun to play author for a while before going back to my real life.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Shana: The last book in the Jewels of the Ton series will be out in March. Lily is the heroine in SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND.
Thanks for having me!