Jen: Today we welcome Lena Hart to Romancing the Book. Lena, will you share a short bio with us?
Lena: Lena Hart is a Florida native currently living in the Harlem edge of New York City. She is a PAN member of RWA/NYC and the special interest chapter, CIMRWA (Cultural, Interracial, Multicultural RWA). Though she enjoys reading a variety of romance genres, she mainly writes sensual to steamy multicultural/interracial romances with a flare of suspense and mystery. When Lena is not busy writing, she’s reading, researching, or conferring with her muse. To learn more about her and her work, visit :
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Lena: My latest series, The Queen Quartette, was inspired by the four suits (clubs, spades, hearts, diamonds). When I found out that the four suits had been personified into individual people, equipped with names and a purpose, I knew I had to write their story. I started thinking “what if…” and an intricate and parallel storyline of secrets, deception, betrayal, and revenge was born. There are four book in the series, starting with HIS FLOWER QUEEN and ending with HIS DIAMOND QUEEN. Though the story plots are interlocking, each book was written with separate characters with their own happily-ever-after and therefore, can be read as standalones.
Jen: Describe an ideal date.
Lena: Since first dates are the most nerve-racking, I would say the ideal first date would be someplace low-maintainence yet out of the box (not just the dinner and movie), where me and my date can talk and get to know each as our close friends do.
Jen: Favorite food?
Lena: Chicken and potatoes (and usually fried, lol)
Jen: Favorite place to vacation.
Lena: Florida (more like my default vacation destination)
Jen: Favorite outfit?
Lena: Casual (dresses in the summer, jeans and top the other 3 seasons)
Jen: Favorite rainy day activity?
Lena: Staying under the covers with a favorite romance or watching a classic movie
Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Lena: Anything that ends with “cake” =P
Jen: Do you have siblings? If so, how many?
Lena: Yes, 3 sisters. My mother had 4 girls. I’m the 2nd. Fun times.
Jen: What is your decorating style?
Lena: Simple. Feminine yet causual with soft, warm colors. And if it has butterflies in it, it’s a winnner!
Jen: What is the perfect temperature?
Lena: 78 degrees F. Fall weather is my favorite. Not too hot, not too cold.
Jen: Most surprising item on your bucket list?
Lena: You know, I don’t have one… I try not to think about my impending demise… =/
Jen: Favorite genre to read.
Lena: Romance (specifically historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense)
Jen: Cat or dog?
Lena: Cats! =D
Jen: What’s next for you?
Lena: I’m currently working on the spin-off series that include characters from my Queen Quartette series. The first of the new romantic suspense series is THE DEVIL’S BEDPOST and is slated for release in October this year so stay tuned!