**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with LANA WILLIAMS
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Hi Karen! Thank you so much for having me! I have the pleasure of living in Colorado. I think I’m nearly a native now as I’ve been here longer than I was in South Dakota, where I was born and raised. I’m an office manager at an investment banking firm by day and a writer by night (and weekends)! I love to read, hike, camp, watch movies, and spend time with family and our two labs.
1. How did you get started writing?
I have been writing for many years. Lucky for me, my mom loved to read romance novels and got me hooked at a young age. I started with Barbara Cartland and when I got a bit older, read Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Sigh. Loved that book! I didn’t start writing my own stories until well after college. My very first writers’ conference was Pikes Peak Writers and it was amazing to realize how many other writers there were!
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write historical romance stories with a pinch of paranormal. My first three books are medieval romances (The Vengeance Trilogy) and my latest release is set in Victorian London (1880’s). While I love the medieval period, I also enjoy the 1800’s – things were changing so quickly then compared to previous centuries. I enjoy adding a bit of paranormal to my stories as it adds an extra element that complicates things.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Whatever phase I’m in, whether it’s brainstorming, planning (I hate to call it plotting), rough draft or revisions, it’s always the next part that I want to be doing. LOL. Do you have that problem too? The grass is always greener I suppose. 🙂 I love them all, but I especially enjoy that last of the editing when you can really see the whole story, and your characters have become even more real to you. Adding in the little touches that pull heart strings or the descriptions that paint a vivid picture can be really fun. Plus you know it’s almost ready to be sent out into the world.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The middle of the rough draft is probably my biggest challenge. Ugh. Sometimes I have a difficult time thinking of what else these characters could possibly say to each other! Lucky for me, I have awesome critique partners I can call and brainstorm with. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Sometimes I’m not sure myself! LOL! The trilogy I’m currently working on (The Secret Trilogy set in Victorian London) shares the story of three lords who, while at university, were involved in an electromagnetic experiment that went terribly wrong. They lost their professor and their friendship. And they were burdened with the ability to read auras, but each slightly differently. One small interesting bit of research can spark some great ideas as can listening to the evening news or watching a movie. Ideas are everywhere!
6. What is your typical day like?
During the week, I get up at 5:30 am and drink coffee with my husband, then exercise and/or write after he leaves for work. Then I take my youngest to school and head to the day job. Evenings are spent making supper, helping with homework, running kids to activities, and hopefully writing more. I write pretty much every day, 7 days per week. Weekends are a bit more productive, but not always. 🙂
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Definitely conflict. I hate conflict in my own life, so it’s hard for me to write it! I have to make sure that I really understand what makes my characters tick. What problem they’ve had in their past that makes them the way they are today. Then I pull in a twist in the plot that sets them up for disaster. I don’t like to read books where you can see that if the characters would just sit down and talk it out, they could resolve everything! Life is more complicated than that, so I try to have my characters reflect that too.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My latest release, Unraveling Secrets, just came out! As I mentioned, it’s the beginning of a new trilogy set in Victorian London.
When her father’s murderer returns from the dead to threaten her family, Abigail Bradford attempts to warn him off, but soon learns chasing a ghost is no easy task.
Stephen Nolton, Viscount Ashbury, stumbles upon Abigail in the dirty streets of London’s East End. Able to read auras of good and evil after an electromagnetic experiment went terribly wrong, Stephen hovers on society’s edge, keeping secret his unique skill and personal mission. Despite his fascination with the lady and her unique golden aura, he intends to keep his distance.
Desperate to protect her family, Abigail turns to the one man she believes can aid her. In Stephen’s arms, she finds so much more than she hoped. Stephen tries to resist his desire for the independent beauty, afraid she’ll unravel his secrets. But when he discovers the murderer is linked to his own past, he must decide how much he’s willing to risk for love.
Thank you so much for having me, Karen! I’d love to give away an ebook of Unraveling Secrets to a commenter! What historical period is the most interesting to you?
Links to Lana’s website, blog, books, etc.
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BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Lana and her release, UNRAVELING SECRETS, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Lana will give away an ebook of UNRAVELING SECRETS to one of her lucky readers who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Don’t miss this chance to read this story!! Thanks, Lana, for sharing your stories with us!