Today, our guest of honor is Emma Lane. It’s so nice to have you here! Hope you’re ready to party!
Wine or beer? (If you say club soda, we’ll have to send you to the corner…)
Hurrying off to the corner.
Cake or chips? Are you a sugar or salt kind of person?
Salt (she says stuffing her face with cheetos and potato chips and hiding the cheese cake.)
*squints eyes * Are you old enough to drink?
Water! I can drink water.
Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?
Blurb: Ethan has been away at war for six long years—without a single letter to the young girl he left behind. He is certain she has forgotten him, but he is still drawn to her. Dressed for a masquerade in a dark domino, he leads her to the garden and tries to steal a kiss. Sarah does not know why the man in the dark domino is so familiar, and why a stranger should give her a feeling of home. When Ethan reveals his identity, Sarah’s anger and hurt overwhelm even her love. Can a new life be built on the foundations of a first love? Or will the Dark Domino remain alone forever?
What makes your characters so special?
Young love is always special. The poignant part of this story is the tenacity of both hero and heroine. While away at war for 6 long years, Ethan has remained true to Sara Louise who once vowed she would love him forever.
Alright, I guess you can come in. Now off to the roast!
So, what do you write? And why?
I am comfortable in both historical Regency and contemporary. Why? Because I read both avidly and some stories just cant be told historically.
Why did you want to become an author?
I’m very poor in math.
What would your characters say about you?
She’s very poor in math.
What do you like doing besides writing and reading? Is it dangerous?
I’m part owner of a small plant nursery, an herbtique. I design gardens and assist beginning gardeners. Sometimes I give talks and such. I’m also an avid bird watcher and big on environmental issues.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Hawaiiis a favorite, but I’ve done quite a bit of traveling and am content to stay home right now. I have this lovely office…
What was your first sale as an author? Was it special?
I sold a Regency Romance called A SCANDALOUSDESIGN. It’s about a young miss out to find her life’s partner during the season inLondon. She has two sisters and they have their stories as well, called ‘The Vicar’s Daughters 3.’ They can be found @ MUSA PUBLISHING.
Do you have a favorite of your own books and why?
Probably the above mentioned is my favorite, but I am foolishly fond of all my books.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Staying in the proper Point of View is difficult for me. I have to force myself in the discipline and frequently argue pointlessly to myself that it probably isn’t necessary.
How would you describe your writing style?
I delight in characterizations.
What do you think makes a good story?
Memorable characters who live on in my head long after the plot has faded.
What are you passionate about?
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I’m not really a blond.
Who is your favorite author and why?
There are so very many. Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, John Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Nora Roberts as JD Robb. The list goes on and on. I like James Lee Burke, not for his plots but for the geographic descriptions of Louisiana. He makes the reader feel his love for his home town.
Do you write what you read?
Sure do. Love Regency books and books about nature.
Tell us about one of your favorite characters from your books.
Melanie Robinson from A SCANDALOUS DESIGN is my favorite. She loves designing gowns in an era when young ladies were not permitted to engage in trade. She persists in wanting it all: a desirable mate and a respectable outlet for her talents. Not unlike modern misses.
Do you like more Alpha or Beta heroes?
Oh Alpha, but I’ve been thinking lately about a hero with quite a different personality. He’s still a shadow in my mind at this point.
How much do you write in a day?
When I’m actually creating for the first time, I’m working day and night for about a month until the first draft is finished. I always worry that I’ll lose my thoughts and the plot will be lost if I don’t hurry.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Some of both. I usually know the beginning, the middle and the ending. The rest is free flowing.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
Enjoy what you do and persevere if you love it.
Is there anything you’d want your readers and friends to know about you?
My hope is that they enjoy my work. My goal is to entertain.
What else are you working on right now?
I’m doing final edits on a contemporary called GONE TO THE DOGS to be published @ DESERT BREEZE PUBLISHING in June. I’ll be working on another Regency @ MUSA PUBLISHING called BELOVED SOLDIER RETURNS. My latest book published in April is called DARK DOMINO. It’s a short story about young love.
Last question: Where can our partygoers find you and your work? MUSA PUBLISHING for my Regencies and DESERT BREEZE for my contemporaries.
Facebook is a favorite of mine. I’m emmajlane there. Just jump in. I’d love to chat.
My email is email@example.com. Thanks for having me here. I’ve enjoyed it.
Thank you so much for coming!
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