I'm pleased to introduce my guest today, one of four authors in the A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology, Nancy Fraser! Welcome to BK Walker Books Etc. I'm so happy you could join me today.
BK: Looking out the nearest window, describe the scene you see. – The Saint John River in New Brunswick, Canada and the main reason I moved into this condo. The view is very peaceful in the summer … not so much in the winter when it’s all frozen over.
BK: Tell us about your office. Is it a mess like mine, or is everything in its place? – I’m fortunate enough to have two spaces. In front of the picture window in the summer and very organized and then my enclosed office which is filled with great research stuff and not quite as neat!
BK: What is a must-have, such as coffee or a favorite pen, that you need to write? – Definitely coffee and, depending on what I’m working on, my research database (I create one for every book or series).
BK: Do you like to write in silence, or do you need music or background noise? – Music, preferably classical. However, I’m currently working on a western historical and find myself listening to country music to get me in the mood. For “Erin’s Gift”, I listened to a lot of older jazz.
BK: Tell us a bit about your hero/heroine, and their development. – My heroine, Erin O’Mara, has been on her own for a few years, yet still retains a good bit of her innocence. While her best friend has fully embraced the wilder, Roaring 20s lifestyle, Erin has had to remain responsible. Occasionally, her desire to be as free-spirited as her friend seeps through Erin’s reserve. However, it isn’t until she comes in close contact with our hero that she realizes the awakening of the woman hidden beneath the careful exterior.
BK: As a writer myself, I'm always curious how other writers get through stumble blocks. When you find a story not flowing, or a character trying to fight you, how do you correct it? – I recently read a piece of advice on one of the social media sites from a writer who was suffering from a block. She suggested renaming one of the main characters to start the juices flowing again. I didn’t pay much attention to what’s she’d said until about a month later when I found myself “stuck”. I wasn’t that attached to my hero’s name, so I changed it to something I liked better and … sure enough … the words starting flowing again. It was like “magic”!
BK: Using the letters of your first name as an acronym, describe your book...
N = Naughty – blame it on the wild 20’s and the sexy hero
A = Affectionate – everyone wants to be loved, especially my heroine
N = Nice – an innocent heroine, a small child, and the Christmas holidays (you can’t get much nicer than that)
C = Cheerful – our heroine brings joy and happiness back into the hero’s life, something that had been missing for awhile
Y = Youthful – whether it’s the heroine’s best friend embracing the sassy phrases, or the hero’s son finding excitement with his young, energetic new nanny, there is definitely a sense of youthful vitality to the story
BK: How did your writing journey begin? – On a dare. Many, many years ago, a co-worker offered me a romance to read during our lunch break. I foolishly commented that “anyone could write one” and she dared me to try. I went home that weekend and, for a laugh, wrote three chapters and took them to work on the following Monday. My co-worker accused me of copying them out of a book. I re-read them a few days later, decided to finish the book and, from there, I was hooked!
BK: Using the letters from the word, Summer, how would friends and family describe you?
S = Silly … I have an offbeat sense of humor and will often do the silliest things (like dressing up as a box of French fries for my granddaughter’s birthday party at a local fast food place)
U = Unpredictable … like being silly, you can never tell what I’ll do when the mood strikes me. (I prefer to think I’m creative!)
M = Mothering … my greatest accomplishment is my children, and consequently, my grandchildren
M = Modest … I really hate talking about myself which is why I’ve not mastered the social media frenzy as yet
E = Earnest … if I have something to say, I say it and I mean it
R = Responsible … if I commit to something, or someone, you can count on me seeing it through
BK: What is the craziest thing you've ever written about, whether it got published or not? – After my ex began seeing someone, I found out that she’s entered a writing contest sponsored by the local newspaper’s weekend magazine. I couldn’t let her win the darned thing so I wrote a short story about a scorned woman who murders her ex’s new girlfriend and gets away with it. I came in second place and the new lady in his life didn’t even get an honorable mention … I felt vindicated.
BK: Tell us one thing you've done in life, that readers would be most surprised to know. – Despite the fact that I’m a grandmother of five, in my youth I did a number of crazy things. At 19 I won a stock car racing championship and at 20 played on an NCAA women’s championship basketball team.
BK: What can we expect from you in the future? – Mostly exhaustion! In addition to being part of this wonderful anthology, I’ve also got a new co-authored historical romance, The Lawman’s Agreement, coming out in November, a contemporary novella, Having Santa’s Baby, releasing in December and the next story in my ten-novella Rock and Roll romance series, April Love, coming out in February. Not to mention, two books in the works.
This or That...
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Night Owl or Early Bird? Early Bird (unless on deadline, then both)
Fantasy or Mystery? Fantasy (as long as it contains a superhero)
Pen/Paper or Computer? Computer - definitely
Pizza or Burger? Pizza with extra cheese
Rock or Country? Vintage Rock (50s-70s)
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Thank you so much for having us as one of your stops today. It has been great getting to know more about you and your book, and wish you the best of success!
About The Authors
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Sophia Garrett always knew she wanted to be a writer, and more specifically, a historical romance writer. Her teenage years were spent rabidly gobbling up the newest books from romance icons such as Johanna Lindsey, Sabrina Jefferies, Julie Garwood, and Kathleen E. Woodiweiss. She composed her first romance novel about the American Revolution, in high school. When Sophia is not researching...well, she's always researching! But in her non-working hours she enjoys studying historical events (yes, she's one of those girls), watching documentaries, taking in action-packed dramas at the theatre, and spending as much time as possible with her two young sons collecting bugs, racing Hot Wheels, and smashing things in video games. Her second passion is animals, so much so that at one time she considered a career in veterinary medicine. Chemistry, however, waged war on her sanity, and she decided training horses was far less harmful than trying to manipulate miniscule objects that can't be seen. Setting her sweatshirt on fire in lab might have had something to do with that. She still has her horses but has added a chicken...or two. And a duck. And a (house) pig. And several dogs. And cats. And... who knows what might turn up next! Sophia frequently attends conferences and signing events that take her throughout the United States. In addition, she often presents for her local Romance Writers of America chapters and is available to present to additional authors' groups. She loves to connect with readers and writers alike, so be sure to say hello! Professional Affiliations: Romance Writers of America Heartland Romance Authors Midwest Romance Writers
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Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion. Her debut novel Giving It Up (Loose Id, 9781611188431) received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” The sequel is slated for release in early 2013. Her small town romance will be published by Carina Press in Fall 2013. Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good
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Crista McHugh is a multiple award-winning author of fantasy romance and paranormal romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends. Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant. And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days) To be the first to know about her latest releases or to be entered into exclusive contests, please sign up for her newsletter using the contact form on her webpage, www.cristamchugh.com.
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About The Book
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC ( Scandalous ) Imprint
Release Date: 10-14-13
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Entangled Publishing presents…A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology. Four very spirited vignettes of holidays past. Erin’s Gift by Nancy Fraser Chicago 1920 Widower, Seth Harrison, has no intention of falling in love again but will he be able to resist the sweetness of his son’s nanny, Erin O’Mara—his sister’s best friend? An Eternity of You by Sophia Garrett England 1833 The Duke of Sharrington left Rebecca with more than a broken heart six years ago—he left her with a son. His return rekindles their passion, but only a Christmas miracle will convince the town surgeon to believe in his promises of eternity again. Letters at Christmas by Amber Lin England, late Regency After three years at sea, Captain Hale Prescott has the means to marry the love of his life and his best friend’s sister, Sidony Harbeck. However, she might never speak to him again. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter…at least, none he ever sent. Eight Tiny Flames by Crista McHugh 1944 Ardennes, WWII Lt. Ruth Mencher has always secretly admired Capt. Joseph Klein, but it takes the lighting of a Hanukkah candle to uncover the spark of mutual attraction. Each night awakens a new facet of their relationship, but as the Battle of the Bulge begins, the approaching Nazi forces threaten to tear them apart.