An interview of Shana Galen + Giveaway!
Interview by Sharon Cullen, author of THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE, on sale now!
SC: I discovered Shana Galen’s books way back when she first published The Making of a Duchess and I was hooked. I’ve read every one that has been published since then. I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to pick her brain today (insert evil laugh).
SC: First of all, congratulations on your newest release, If You Give a Rake a Ruby.
SG: Thank you! It’s lucky number 13 for me.
SC: Your latest series is about three courtesans, or Cyprians, which is not the norm in the romance world. What made you decide to make a courtesan your heroine?
SG: Sometimes it’s as fun to write about the bad girls, the dangerous girls, as it is to write about those bad boys. I thought a lot about what I enjoy in a Regency romance when planning this series. I love the gowns, the balls, the glamour. Courtesans were some of the most glamorous women in the Regency world, so why not write about them?
SC: I understand you have a little Galen at home. I can’t imagine meeting deadlines with a little one. How do you do it? And tell me what a normal writing day is like (is there such a thing as a normal day for an author?).
SG: I do have a preschooler at home. My little romance-heroine-in-the-making is three, and she is the star of her own emotional, roller coaster ride drama. In other words, she will not be ignored. When she was younger, I wrote a lot when she napped. Now her life is far too exciting for a nap, so I write in the early morning hours, after she goes to bed, and the three days a week when she goes to our little church school. Much to my dismay—I am a creature of habit—I don’t have a typical day right now. About the only thing typical from day to day is how much my writing time is broken up, how flexible I have to be, and how little sleep I actually manage.
SC: When you first started writing did you experiment with other time periods or have you always written in the Regency period?
SG: I’ve always written Regencies, but I enjoy writing contemporaries as well. I published two chick lits as Shane Bolks, and I would love to write something contemporary again. I just need to find the right editor and the right project. I’ll never give up my Regencies, though. That period is like an old, familiar friend.
SC: Describe your perfect hero.
SG: My perfect hero does dishes and laundry, loves to cook, gives frequent back rubs, says things like, “you go get a pedicure, honey; I’ll put the kids to bed.”
SC: Now for the fun questions. When the going gets tough and the tough get going (in other words, when your muse has abandoned you and you’re ready to tear your hair out) what comfort food do you gravitate to?
SG: Cookies and milk duds. I love milk duds. My muse doesn’t cause me to lose much hair, but my daughter is another story. How does anyone with young children make it without a stash of chocolate?
SC: Name three things sitting on your desk that aren’t writing related.
SG: Right now my desk is the kitchen table. I have a baby video monitor, a jar of dinner conversation topics, and a Cinderella crown beside me.
SC: What project are you working on now?
SG: I’m writing the third Jewels of the Ton book, Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend.
SC: And, finally, what are your plans after the courtesan series is finished?
SG: Um, yeah. That’s a good question. I have a third Lord and Lady Spy book to write. As far as that series goes, True Spies comes out in September, and Blue’s novella is out in January 2014. I’m sure I’ll think of something else when I finish Sapphires. I’m a firm believer in necessity being the mother of invention.
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About the Author:
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance and historical romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
Her debut historical romance, The Notorious Lady Anne, will release from Loveswept in February, 2013, followed by The Infamous Lord Blythe, later in 2013.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.
About Shana Galen:
I’m the national bestselling author of numerous fast-paced, adventurous Regency historical romances, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. My books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. I 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 I write full time. I’m happily married to an incredibly supportive man I like to call Ultimate Sportsfan, and I have a beautiful toddler I call Baby Galen.
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