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What is the working title of your book?
“No Gentleman Is He”. It is the first of four in the Sons of Liberty series Lynette Willows and I have collaborated on. The release date is February 21, 2013.
Where did the idea come from?
My co-author, Lynette Willows and I have written interactively for over a decade. There were starts and stops, depending on what was going on in our lives at any given time. With our children grown and shooed out the door, I emailed her, suggesting the time was right to get back into our old habit. In six months time, we had written enough for four to five books. As empty-nesters, we had time to delve into research as never before. We both felt the results would qualify for publication. We submitted and the rest is history. Or will be when No Gentleman Is He is a best seller.
What genre does your novel fall under?
Historical Romance. It nearly fell under Historical Fiction, to be honest. Our editor, Patricia McAllister guided us through edits that led to the book focusing on the Sons of Liberty aspect with a strong bent on romance.
Which actors would you chose to play your characters if it became a movie?
I am not sure how other writers do it, but the image is conjured up in my imagination and not modeled after anyone. We each created numerous characters in the book, the main two being Cassandra Courtney Brooks and Colton Rolfe. I created the former and Lynette, the latter. Physically, I picture my heroine as a Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry in Postcard From Paris with mannerisms like Julia Roberts. I’m not sure the actress that could capture Cassandra has come along yet!
With Colton, we would be somewhat limited with his Native American background. He has a hook on moody sensuality. Numerous screen tests would need to be taken before that role could be filled.
The only exception to my character creating is Cassandra’s father, Kirk Courtney. That role could be played by no one other than Brad Pitt. Of course, it’s a side role and Brad would want top billing.
What is the one-sentence blurb for the book?
A passion no rebellion could tame.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
We’re delighted to announce we have signed a contract with Tirgearr Publishing.
How long did it take to get to the final draft of the MS?
Five months to write, five to edit.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
At the risk of sounding hoity-toity, I wouldn’t. There is a decade long relationship between Lynette and I, so the chemistry is unique in our writing. I would also go out on a limb and say where one of us is character driven, the other is story driven, so we present a well-rounded book full of research, unique characters and well-thought out story lines. Having Patricia McAllister as an editor was also a huge boost to this book.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I love the time period and Lynette is extremely flexible in what she is willing to work on. If I were to pinpoint one person, it would be her. Lynette has always inspired me to reach for higher goals.
What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
The chemistry between Colton and Cassandra, coupled with the blend of research, romance, characters and plot lines.
“No Gentleman Is He” will be released February 21, 2013.