August 31 – Christina Lauren

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today (the ladies known as) Christina Lauren are doing the Q&A and will be keeping an eye on some posted Qs on the page.

They’re also giving away copies of

Roomies
Dating You/Hating You
Love And Other Words and
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

to one lucky commenter on The Romance of Reading page.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

 

Why do you write books? 

Lauren: We both got started writing for different reasons. I’ve always written stories—since I can remember, I was writing. Even in college, and through graduate school, I had little stories I was working on, maybe a little Buffy fanfiction in a notebook in my dresser, maybe something else that popped into my head one day. If I didn’t write, it felt a little like the words were building inside, taking up more space. I’d have to get them out to clear my head. But it was only ever a hobby; the writing became a true passion when I found the Twilight fandom and met this community of amazingly talented women. Some were there just to write, and some were there because they wanted to hold only to the book series a little longer, but regardless, it was vibrant. And that’s when Christina found her storytelling soul. For both of us, from that point on in 2009, there was no turning back.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Christina: I’ve lived a pretty tame life so the most courageous thing is probably this? Putting my words and myself out there, speaking in public (TERRIFYING), taking the leap to leave a steady life and job for one with the potential for so many ups and downs.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

Lauren: Oh, there are so many reasons we write romance! First and foremost, we write romance because we read romance, and we adore it. But we write it, too, because creating love stories brings us joy. More than any other genre, romance fosters community and allows us to explore the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in relationships. Because these novels are feel-good by definition (the HEA is a matter of fact in romance), we are guaranteed to push our characters as far as we want, knowing that we will fix it all in the end. That safety—knowing the heroine or hero of every novel wins every time—is a certain comfort that many of us want in a book, and it’s an uplifting promise we can all use a bit more of these days.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

Lauren: Before my husband Keith and I got together, I’d had a crush on him for nearly a year—I used to call him ‘my boyfriend’ to my friends, in a joking way, because they all knew I had a thing for him. I didn’t think it was reciprocated because—although Keith is fun and social and we were on the same intramural softball team and spent a lot of time together in a group—he is relatively emotionally reserved.

Who knows why I didn’t just ask him out, but eventually (I mean, after months and months of having an unrequited crush on him), I began dating someone else, and for a number of reasons, this other relationship didn’t feel like a good fit from the start. But I was a few months in with this other guy when a big group of us—including the boyfriend, and Keith—went to Las Vegas for my 25th birthday. The first night there, the boyfriend was grouchy and stayed back in the hotel room while the rest of us went out to celebrate.

At one point, Keith and I split off from the group and we were going up this huge escalator in a hotel, looking down on the glittering lobby. Keith was making me laugh so hard, and we were having the best time. I remember thinking how much I wanted to kiss him—like, so much that it hurt to think about—and even if he didn’t feel the same way for me, I really couldn’t stay in this other relationship because it wasn’t fair to either of us.

Just then, Keith turned to me and very quietly said, “You know you have options, right?”

Even when I think think of that moment now, and the way he was looking directly at me, I get that heart-dropping sensation.

I was a little tipsy which made me brave enough to think I knew what he meant and asked, “Are you an option?”

“Yes.”

He didn’t kiss me that night—I had a boyfriend, y’all!—but I ended things with the other guy, went out on my first date with Keith, and nineteen years later I still just want to kiss him all the time.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Christina: I grew up in a really large family where there wasn’t much money, and the best way to get individual attention was to be the troublemaker. That was definitely not me, so I tended to fly under the radar. I never really had someone telling me I could accomplish anything I wanted, and as an adult it’s taken me some time to realize it. So if I could go back and talk to my younger self, I’d tell her that—but with an edit: You can accomplish anything you’re willing to work for.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

Christina: Research is probably one of my favorite parts, because it really helps me connect with a character. If we’re going to write a fisherman, we need to know his thought process, even for things as simple as the weather. If he wakes up to an overcast sky, what does that mean? Is it normal, and how will it impact his schedule and all the things he needs to get accomplished. We can’t just write that he pulls up a line, we have to have some idea of the moving parts involved, the process he goes through and why.

While writing Dirty Rowdy Thing I read so many books and articles on the Canadian fishing industry. I was both fascinated and saddened by the way climate change and development has negatively impacted not only wildlife in that region, but also industries and families that have relied upon it for generations. Those real life details are what helped shape Finn’s storyline and made the stakes feel real.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

Lauren: We love all the voices in our heads! In fact, it works out very well for us because we try to write about three books a year, so we need all of those voices to keep shouting, please. The more, the better. It means that when we finish something, the next thing is pushing its way to the front. There’s no better feeling than being able to wrap up something you love, and still be excited to move onto the next thing.

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

Lauren: Oooh this is a tough one. I think I’d like to live in Zurich for a month to see if it’s true that I would move there in a heartbeat if I could.

Christina: This changes depending on what’s happening in my life. Because of a book we’re working on I would probably say Hawaii.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

Lauren: I can say, hands down, the most inspiring thing for us is meeting readers, and we aren’t saying that to be glib. There’s something about the connection we feel with someone who has read our books and really felt something while reading it—it’s hard to describe, but it makes every stressful day with a negative word count, or long hours of editing worth it. In particular, meeting people who have read Autoboyography and seen themselves in it—that is by far the most amazing professional experience we’ve ever had.

 

Christina Lauren recommends:

 

Alisha Rai   –   www.alisharai.com –     @Amazon

 

Alyssa Cole   –    alyssacole.com    –   @Amazon

 

Taylor Jenkins Reid   –    taylorjenkinsreid.com    –   @Amazon

 


Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels.

They are published in over 30 languages, have received multiple starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, and have been featured in publications such as ForbesThe Washington PostTimeEntertainment WeeklyO Magazine and more. Their twenty-first novel, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is out September 4th, 2018.

 

Learn more here:  christinalaurenbooks.com

 

Buy Christina Lauren‘s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)

August 30 – Minerva Spencer

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Minerva Spencer is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I began writing because I felt compelled to write. It wasn’t always this way for me. I only started writing in 2013 after I closed my bed and breakfast. Suddenly stories started coming to me one after the other. So I’ve been writing as fast as I can to get them all down on paper!

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Wow! This is a tough question. I guess the most courageous thing I can think of is when I closed my bed and breakfast and didn’t immediately accept another job.

I had already found a job before the b&b closed but my lovely husband said I should just write for a while and see what happened.

When it comes to jobs I’ve always leaned toward those that provide a somewhat reliable source of income (I must admit the b&b was a bit unpredictable for my taste).

Being an author is not a career I would have voluntarily chosen for myself. Not only is it extremely difficult to break into publishing, but a writer has to put a lot of themselves out in the world of social media for strangers to critique–not just their books. It isn’t the perfect career for an introvert, but then neither was a b&b….

But I love the actual writing part of my job more than anything else I have ever done and I’m glad Mr. Spencer talked me into it.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I write in several genres but I enjoy writing romance the most because I LOVE the fact they have a happy ending.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

The things I find most romantic are those times when my husband is there to support me when I’m scared or freaking out—like going to get my first root canal (I have dental-phobia). He took time off work to sit in the dentist office and held my foot (how romantic!)  the whole time. That’s better than flowers or expensive dinners.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Enjoy the moment.

Now that I’m 50 I’ve suddenly realized time is whizzing past. But whenever you try and tell a younger person to live each day to the fullest they give you that look: you know the look. So my younger self would probably just listen to my advice, give me that same look, and then ignore me.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

I’ve recently been researching coastal communities in Britain and came upon wreckers. These were people who are believed to have, er, encouraged shipwrecks. Or at least they did nothing to discourage them. Sometimes the salvage from shipwrecks was the main source of income in remote or hard-scrabble areas and people did bad things in pursuit of making a living. I found Bella Bathurst’s two books on shipwrecks fascinating.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

I type really fast. Seriously. I became an uber competent typist just in case law school didn’t pan out. I was a temp back in the days when people still needed secretaries who could type and I tested at 120/wpm with 1 error. Is it sad that I’m so proud of that??

Anyhow, I usually try and write the first 5-10k words of a story and then put it aside until I can come back to it.

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I’d like to hang out in the future–with the last person on earth, whoever that is and whenever that is. I want to find out how everything turns out at the end.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

I have been astonished by the incredible generosity I have encountered since becoming a writer. Complete strangers have done the nicest things for me—Elizabeth Hoyt, Jeffe Kennedy, Madeline Hunter, and Vanessa Kelly are a few people who come to mind. There have been many more. These women just make me hopeful about humankind.

 

Minerva recommends:

Ohhhh man! It’s so hard to choose!

I think what I am going to do is list 3 debut authors who also write historical romance as they are more likely to be new to readers (because I know almost EVERYONE has read the awesome authors I mentioned above!)

 

Renee Ann Miller   –   reneeannmiller.com   –   @Amazon

 

Liana De la Rosa   –   www.lianainbloom.com   –   @Amazon

 

Christina Britton   –   christinabritton.com   –   @Amazon

 

 


Minerva Spencer is a Canadian transplant who now lives in the mountains of New Mexico. She began writing in 2013 after closing her 8-room bed and breakfast (a subject she will never write about. . . )

Minerva has been a criminal prosecutor, college history professor, and bartender, among many other things.

She currently writes full-time and operates a small poultry rescue on her four-acre hobby farm, where she lives with her wonderful, tolerant husband and many animals.

 

Learn more:   minervaspencer.com

 

Buy Minerva ‘s books:

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)

August 29 – Danelle Harmon

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Danelle Harmon is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I love the sense of creation, of watching characters I’ve imagined, nurtured and grown, take on a life of their own and become real people to me — and, I hope, to my readers.

I love being able to work at home, with my dogs at my feet and a cup of Barry’s tea beside my laptop while I delve into worlds past and stories yet untold. It doesn’t get better than this!

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

In 1994, while living in central Massachusetts, I met a man from England on an internet penpal list, and we began corresponding. Friendly emails led to phone calls, and then to more phone calls, until finally I flew to England for a long weekend to meet him. We hit it off wonderfully, and several months later he came here to Massachusetts and proposed to me on Plum Island beach in Newburyport before heading back to Oxfordshire, England. Within two months I had packed up my dog, myself, and my world, got on a plane at Logan Airport, and moved to England on a fiancee visa. We were married in March of the following year.

It was terrifying to take such a huge risk, and I had a full-blown panic attack as the plane lifted out into the night over Boston Harbor, wondering what on earth I was getting myself into, but that was nearly 25 years ago now and neither of us looked back.

Sometimes one has to take big risks to get big rewards!

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I love the timeless tale of boys meets girl, of love that changes lives and the world itself. It’s a story that never gets old.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

Well, I think picking up my life (and my dog’s!) and moving to England to be with a man I’d only been with for sixteen days, and known for only a few months, is probably right up there, ha!

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Spend as much time as you can with the ones you love, because life passes by quickly and one day – sooner than you may think – those chances will be forever gone.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

Many years ago, I was privileged to do some research and artifact illustration work for Barry Clifford, who discovered (and continues to salvage) the pirate ship  _Whydah_ off the coast of Cape Cod. One of the tasks I was directed to perform for Barry and his historian, Ken Kinkor, was to research potentially lucrative and long-lost shipwrecks in the dusty archives of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. I would lose myself in the lost, long-ago world of the late 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries through newspapers that had been stored on microfiche – and if ever one wants to truly be transported back to a time and place, contemporary newspapers offer a splendid chance to do just that.

I read accounts of giant worms pulled from the mouths and stomachs of people … accounts of hangings and murders and runaway servants … but perhaps the most fascinating story I came across of all, was an account in an 18th century newspaper of mysterious thunder and a line in the sky.

Reading it was eerie, as it quite perfectly described a modern-day jet airplane and the contrail it leaves behind. Time travel, anyone?

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

That has never been a problem for me, as I tend to be slow and disciplined in my storytelling, and those to whom the voices belong know that they must wait their turn!

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I would love to be in Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, listening to the handsome and charismatic young Dr. Joseph Warren give one of his fiery, patriotic speeches that did so much to push Massachusetts into Revolution.

would love to meet him and so many of the players on both the colonial and British sides in that decisive and exciting period of our nation’s history. But please, let me take bottled water, soap, and shampoo along with me!

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

Every review, ever “fan” letter, every mention or discussion of my characters or their stories by another person is remarkable to me, and helps fuel me to write the next story.

Even after all these years (I was first published in 1992 by Avon Books/Harper-Collins) that joyous sense of knowing that my characters are alive in someone else’s mind besides my own, is a thrill and a privilege that never gets old.

 

Danelle recommends:

Katherine Bone   –    www.katherinebone.com   –   @Amazon

Katherine not only writes wonderful swashbuckling romances set in the world of pirates, privateers and mariners, but is one of those kind and wonderful people whose presence in one’s life only enriches it.

 

Julia Quinn   –    juliaquinn.com   –   @Amazon

Julia and I used to do book signings together when we were both young authors at Avon, and our friendship endures after all these years. Her books define, enlarge, and set the standard for witty historical romance; she’s not to be missed. Look for her Bridgerton Series to make its debut on Netflix in the not-too-distant future!

 

 


First published in 1992 by Avon/Harper-Collins, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written seventeen books, with many distributed in various languages throughout the world. Her books have won numerous awards from RT/Romantic Times (LORD OF THE SEA was one of four indie finalists for Best Book of 2014) and have repeatedly hit the top of Amazon’s bestseller charts.

Danelle enjoys sailing, amateur photography, plane-spotting and dog shows; she and her family make their home in New England with four dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens.

Learn more:  www.danelleharmon.com

Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached by mail here or on Facebook here.

 

Buy Danelle’s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)

August 28 – Tracey Livesay

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Tracey Livesay is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

Because I love telling stories and putting my point of view out into the world. I also believe this is something I was born to do; I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was a little girl.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Every time I’ve followed my heart, I’ve made the courageous choice. Whether it was choosing to marry my husband (against some initial familial protest on both sides) or deciding to become a published author. There were conventional, expected choices, but I did what’s right for me and both decisions turned out well.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I believe in happily ever afters. I’m lucky enough to have it in real life, but before I did, I loved reading books where I knew it was going to end happily. I was willing to follow my couples through anything, because I knew they’d always end up together. And as a writer, I love that I’m now offering that same happiness to my readers!

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

When my husband was just my boyfriend, he’d write me the most romantic love letters. And they were unique to his personality. I’ve kept all the lettes he’s given me and i even used one he gave me for a character in one of my books, love on my mind. If you read that book and the acknowledgements, I mention how the story came to be because of that letter.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Be kinder to yourself. You’re so much more than you believe you are.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

In my book LOVE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER, my heroine was in an accident and ended up with amnesia. I did a lot of research on real life cases of amnesia and was surprised to learn the many ways it can affect people. It’s not always like it is in books and movies and some of it was really sad. Some people never regain their memories. And sometimes, it’s more than just a loss of memory. It can include a loss of language, of life skills, of how the world works. It’s a really devastating condition.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

I know authors talk about voices in their head, but it doesn’t work that way for me. I get ideas about stories and I’ll jot them down, but generally, when it’s time to write a story, I have a procedure I follow. It either starts with a plot or a character and I build everything from there.

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I would live in the present, because much of history wasn’t kind to people of color, especially women. But if I could live anywhere for a month, I’d choose a cottage near water. I’d have a stocked pantry, wine cellar, and my laptop, but other than that, just me. I’d be free to read and write to my heart’s content.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

I would have to say that one of the most remarkable things I’ve had happen in my career is seeing my name or book covers on tv and in newspapers. I can’t describe the feeling. I think my inner twelve year old can’t believe that we’ve gone from reading these books to actually writing them!

 

Tracey recommends:

Naima Simone   –   naimasimone.com   –    @Amazon

 

Nina Crespo   –    ninacrespo.com   –   @Amazon

 

Adriana Anders    –    www.adrianaanders.com  –   @Amazon

 

 


Tracey Livesay’s latest release, LOVE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER, was the winner of the 2018 Emma Award for Best Interracial Romance. She writes smart, sexy and emotional contemporary romances where strong, successful heroines find love with powerful, passionate heroes. She’s been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and on CBS This Morning. A former criminal defense attorney, she finds crafting believable happily ever afters slightly more challenging than protecting our constitutional rights, but she’s never regretted following her heart instead of her law degree.

Tracey lives in Virginia with her husband-who she met on the very first day of law school–and their three children. When not answering the call of wife, mother or author, she runs marathons and daydreams about designer purses.

 

Learn more at www.traceylivesay.com.

 

Buy Tracey’s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)

August 27 – Lisa Patton

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Lisa Patton is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I need to be creative. It’s in my DNA. And I love setting big goals for myself and actually accomplishing them. :o)

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Fighting breast cancer, then facing my new body in the mirror.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I’m not a romance writer but I LOVE romance. I’m the definition of a “hopeless romantic.” I want a man to stare in my eyes without looking away and tell me what I mean to him.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

Slow dancing under the stars to “There’s a Place for Us,” from West Side Story.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

YOU HAVE A VOICE and it’s okay to use it. Not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay. Be true to yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Believe that God loves you fiercely.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

 Nothing really fascinated me with research on RUSH, but I will say I was deeply saddened when I learned how devastating it is for a young woman when she doesn’t get a bid to her favorite sorority.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!) 

I’m sure other writers will have a different story to tell but this doesn’t happen for me. I’d love to give you a sexier version of my writing life but I don’t have one 😉 LOL!

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

France. I’d start in Paris, wear myself out visiting museums and Versailles, then I’d relax in a Renaissance villa for a week. After that I’d drive cross- country stopping at vineyards and French antique shops. I’d eat in tucked away French cafes, stand in the middle of a lilac field and drink in the aroma. A hotel with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean would be my last stop.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

The most remarkable thing that has happened to me as a writer was receiving a handwritten letter from Fannie Flagg praising my latest novel, RUSH.

 

Lisa recommends:

Kate Morton   –   www.katemorton.com   –   @Amazon

The SECRET KEEPER is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve not read her latest, The CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER but it’s definitely at the top of my TBR! In my humble opinion Kate Morton is one of the best storytellers alive today.

 


After thirteen years at an all-girls school in Memphis and a house full of sisters, Lisa Patton headed for co-ed life at the University of Alabama where she graduated with a degree in Communications.  Forever the music lover, Lisa landed her first job at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis as a manager and show promoter before transitioning into promotions at WMC–FM 100, the landmark Memphis radio station. It was there she received Billboard Magazine’s Promotion Director of the Year award.

The birth of her two sons made it difficult to emcee nightly charity auctions and movie premieres so Lisa shifted into TV promotions at the NBC affiliate, WMC-TV Channel 5.  Writing radio and TV promotional spots, character voice bits, and news promos made up a large part of both broadcasting positions.

A three-year stint in the restaurant business as a Vermont innkeeper added diversity to her southern roots and after surviving three sub-zero winters Lisa sped back to Tennessee to de-thaw. That experience gave her the inspiration for her bestselling novel, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter.

A year later she returned to the music industry and was hired by multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist Michael McDonald as personal assistant and tour manager. She worked on several albums and video projects including the Grammy nominated, certified Platinum, Motown.  Lisa remained in that position until writing became a full-time career.

A breast Cancer survivor, Lisa is now the best selling author of what Library Journal calls, “the beloved Dixie series,” Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easterYankee Doodle Dixie, and Southern as a Second Language. Her lastest novel, Rush, a current Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, has been praised by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as “a story about right versus wrong, old traditions pitted against modern ideas and changing times.” The proud mother of two sons, eight bonus children and eleven grandchildren, she lives in the rolling hills of Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and their four-legged, furry daughter named Rosie. 

To learn more about her, visit Lisa’s website at www.lisapatton.com.

 

Buy Lisa’s books:

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)