Interview with Lauren Smith and a spotlight on Wicked Designs
Award winning Romance author Lauren Smith is here today with a fantastic interview. She is here to discuss several of her books from each of the sub-genres that she writes in. She has numerous published books in the paranormal category as well as Historical and contemporary. Over the next week we will be exploring her books as well as getting to Lauren better. So without further ado please help give Lauren a warm and appreciative welcome.
Lauren will be giving away a signed print copy of Wicked Designs, the first book we’ll be showcasing over the next few days. Be sure to comment on the facebook post @ http://www.facebook.com/Alwyztroublereviews and invite your friends in order to enter into the random drawing. A winner will be drawn and announced on Friday Oct. 16th @ 8pm Est time
Here is a brief bio and personal interview on and with Lauren before we get into the first book we are going to showcase.
Amazon Best Selling author, Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.
What is your favorite color? – Cobalt blue
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? (Besides writing)- I love to draw, I love photography and I’m hugely obsessed with movies and tv.
If you weren’t an author what would you be?-
If, I had the sudden qualifications for any job, I’d love to be an archeologist.
If you could live in any time period which would you choose and why? –
Late Victorian, the bustle gowns are my favorite, and even while it’s old-timey, they still had a lot of modern inventions.
How did you choose the genre you write in?-
I’ve always loved love stories and was always writing love stories since I was in the third grade.
Is there a genre/subgenre that you haven’t written that you would like to try?
Someday I’d like to write literary fiction, but I know I’d sneak a love story into it.
What comes first, your characters story or the plot line for the book?-
I almost always get the plot line first and the characters fit right into the plot I come up with.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?-
I always know the beginning, the end and the middle of a few major moments. The rest of it I just write.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I had to learn about revisions, and plot consistency and character arcs. For me, it was learning how to polish all of these things into a working, close to flawless manuscript so an agent or editor could just enjoy the book and not see any glaring errors.
Who has been the hardest character to write about? What character has given you the most trouble?
My hardest character to write is Kat Roberts from my upcoming Her British Stepbrother serial. She’s the most like me in some ways. Just nineteen and starting out in college, she doesn’t know who she is yet or what her goals are, so writing a character that grows and changes was difficult for me when writing about Kat.
What character, that you haven’t written/released yet, are you most looking forward to sharing with your readers?
I’m really excited to share Wes Thorn with my readers. He’s coming out November 3rd in The Gilded Chain book. He’s a mysterious, brooding, handsome art expert with a flat in Paris, and a mansion on the Gold Coast. He’s a bit like The Great Gatsby, but in the end he gets the girl and offers the girl her dream on a silver platter.
How do you decompress after typing The End on a book?
I love to watch a bunch of TV and eat some Chinese take-out.
Tell me about your book Wicked Designs
Give us a 30 word or less tagline for your book:
An innocent debutante is abducted by a handsome, brooding duke who has a plan for revenge against her uncle.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Anyone who loves a good romance with bad boy as a hero should definitely read this book. It’s a historical romance, but even if you think you don’t like historical romances, this story is engaging and exciting and it doesn’t bog you down in historical details.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
Well my editor at the time, not my current editor, didn’t like that I wanted to name each book after a hero’s name so she made me pick something generic that would work for any historical romance. The series name The League of Rogues is what I really love. The men in the series belong to this unofficial club of friendship and because they’re all bad boys, London dubs them the League of Rogues.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs did an amazing job of bringing Godric and Emily to life on the cover. I love how Godric is looking right out at you and promising you he’ll seduce you.
Tell me about your Hero and Heroine?
The hero Godric is a brooding man with a tragic past. He protects what he cares about very passionately. He also is a bit vengeful to anyone who wrongs him. The heroine is Emily, she’s young but she’s very intelligent, compassionate and ready to fall for a man and look through his faults to good man he is inside.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
That’s tough. I’d have to say the League as a whole since the group of men acts as a cohesive unit when they are together, like a band of brothers. Something bad happened a long time ago and it bonded the men together and I love how deeply they care for each other.
What was your favorite chapter to write? Scene? Why?
I think I love it most when Emily and Godric go walking in the woods and they open their hearts to each other for the first time. He exposes his soul to Emily and gets her to talk about when she lost her parents. It really bonds them together.
Do you have a least favorite character?
What makes them your least favorite character? I’d definitely say the villain Blankenship. He’s awful. He used to love Emily’s mother but she married another man and he wants to possess Emily and own her the way he never could his mother.
If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
Oh gosh, I’m not sure. I really love it the way it is, but I know some people think Godric is a little too dark and that Emily should never have fallen in love with him. 9. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series: Fun Fact, the regency heroes in the series all went to Cambridge for school. I also went to school at Cambridge and I wanted to write about a place I loved so much.
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
You can visit my website at www.laurensmithbooks.com and it has all my social media links.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More stories! I want to keep writing on all my different series so if you don’t like say historical, then you’ll be able to read my paranormal or contemporaries.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Buying the book is the biggest thing. If you buy the book that helps support us so we can keep writing. We make so little on each book and readers often don’t realize that if we can’t make money, we can’t live. That’s why so many writers have to have day jobs to keep their houses and cars. Then we have to work two jobs and we’re tired and frustrated. So buying our books and sharing with friends really helps make us able to keep writing.
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
My best advice is figure out what you love to write and then figure out what sells best in that genre and learn what those writers are doing that makes their books successful.
Think about your book. You realize that we all read books at different paces, with varying amounts of distractions. Is there a particular part of your book that you want to highlight– not because it is your favorite – but because you want to encourage your readers to read it carefully and get all the details?
Oh, I don’t know if there’s a particular thing to focus on, except maybe whenever the men are talking about League history because it plays into the larger series plot across the six primary books.
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I hope you all enjoy my books!
And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
Emily yanked at the door handle. It didn’t budge. How on earth was she to get to out? She was locked inside. Trapped. Her body tensed as a wave of panic swept through her. She ran to the windows and pulled at the sill but it wouldn’t lift. To her horror, she noted a pair of nails embedded deep in the wood, sealing it. She frantically scanned the room, noticing a narrow, barely identifiable door to the left of her bed.
Where on earth does this lead to? A discrete servant’s entrance, perhaps? “Might as well try it.”
The handle gave way and swung inward to a second room.
A massive four-poster bed stood against one wall. Her eyes latched onto the body tangled in the sheets. She caught a wide view of a sun-kissed muscular back and a head of dark hair…the duke. He’d put her in an adjoining chamber. Emily padded softly to his door. It too was locked. She rushed over to his window and, like in her room, it refused to open.
She returned to his door, pressing herself against the wood, and debated screaming for help. Her lips parted, a shout on the tip of her tongue, then stopped. She was in his house, with his servants. There would be no help here, not for a captive of the duke. Anger replaced part of her fear, at least temporarily.
“Oh, for heaven’s sake,” she growled under her breath and turned back to face Godric.
The distant gleam of gold on the opposite side of the bed, near the wall, caught Emily’s eye. She tiptoed across the wooden floor, toward him. His breathing was soft and slow; still fast asleep.
“Ah, yes.” A small set of brass keys, secured to Godric’s wrist by a leather string, gleamed underneath the sunlight. Emily debated: wait until he woke on his own, or try to escape now and chance waking him in her attempt to snatch the keys.
The hand with the keys lay on the opposite side of the bed, which was a little too close to the wall for her to get to. To reach them, Emily had to crawl over him. Her pulse beat wildly and her blood roared in her ears as she tried to accept what she would have to do. She’d have to touch him, the man who’d kidnapped and drugged her. Not just touch him…but crawl over the length of his body…in his bed. Could she do this? Her father had always called her brave. But being so close to a man, alone and locked inside with him in a bedroom, was she brave enough to get the keys?
Her eyes closed and she summoned the courage she’d called upon so easily the night before.
I can do this. I must do this.
She lifted her skirts past her knees and put one foot on the oak bed frame as she climbed. Hands and knees far apart, she dispersed her weight. The last thing she needed was to dip the bed and waken the devil