"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Award winning author Lucy Monroe had her first book published in October of 2003. Since then she has sold close to 40 books to four publishers and hit national bestsellers lists in the US and England as well as winning reader and reviewer's choice awards both at home and internationally. She's a passionate devotee to the romance genre and her highly charged, sensual stories touch on the realities of life while giving the reader a fantasy story not easily forgotten. Lucy is particularly well known for her willingness to deal with some of the grittier issues facing women today in a way that encourages hope. Whether it's a passionate Harlequin Presents or a steamy single title, Lucy's books transport her readers to a special place where the heart rules and love conquers all.
"Lucy Monroe writes smart, sensual, emotional books for intelligent women." - JoAnn Ross
"Monroe brings a fresh voice to historical romance." – Stef Ann Holm
An Interview with Lucy Monroe
PNR: Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was it something you have always wanted to do?
Lucy M.: I have always loved writing, but had not done any since high school, when one day I was having a conversation with God in the bathtub and you might say a new writing career was born. J
PNR: What do you enjoy most about writing? What is the most frustrating?
Lucy M.: I enjoy most getting to know the characters. The most frustrating aspect of writing is definitely the fact that I've always got more stories burning in my heart to be told than the time to tell them.
PNR: Most writers are avid readers, what is your favorite genre to read?
Lucy M.: Definitely romance, followed closely by mystery and non-fiction.
PNR: Where do you get your story ideas?
Lucy M.: Everywhere. Seriously. I can get a story idea talking to waitstaff at my favorite restaurant, reading the paper, overhearing a conversation in the grocery check-out line, watching people at the mall, reading a really frustrating book and wanting to change the story to something *I* would like, weird spam in my email in-box, really pretty much anything.
PNR: What do you consider to be the key elements of a great story?
Lucy M.: Consistency in plot and characterization. Passion (not just sexual). Strong emotion. Real to life characters that draw you in no matter what the plot they are living out.
PNR: December 2006 saw your paranormal debut with the release of Come Moonrise in the Unleashed anthology from Berkley. You have been very successful writing historical and contemporary romance for Harlequin, Kensington and Berkley. What influenced your decision to branch out into the paranormal romance genre with your Children of the Moon series?
Lucy M.: The characters that demanded I write their stories. Simply put...I could not help myself, though I fought writing that first werewolf story for several months before finally giving in. J
PNR: Come Moonrise is a contemporary shifter romance, where Moon Awakening has a historical setting, are these stories related in any way?
Lucy M.: They are from the same universe and if my plans pan out, you will eventually be seeing a single title contemporary from that universe that shows more clearly how related they are. But suffice to say that the werewolves in Come Moonrise are descendants of the Chrechte in Moon Awakening.
PNR: Historical-paranormal romance seems to be experiencing a revival, what do you feel is responsible for its return to popularity? What made you choose to write in this genre?
Lucy M.: I think the popularity comes from some extremely well written stories (like Christine Feehan's Carpathians) that engendered an interest that exploded as more stories of high caliber were published. As for why I chose to write in the genre, see above. J
PNR: While writing Moon Awakening, what challenges did you face when using paranormal elements in a historic setting? How much research was involved?
Lucy M.: I'm not sure there were any additional challenges to writing a paranormal historical over a straight historical, but writing a book set in another time period is always a challenge and for me, requires a ton of research. I read dozens of non-fiction books, did extensive online research and interviews with historians and/or historical experts when possible. I want the world I create to breathe with life and color for my readers like it does for me in my head.
PNR: In Moon Awakening, your hero, Lachlan, the arrogant laird of the Balmoral clan and a werewolf goes toe to toe with the feisty Englishwoman, Emily and their interactions and attraction effectively drive the story. Could you tell us a little about their development? Which character was your favorite to write? Most challenging?
Lucy M.: For me, character development is just a little bit magical. While I will dig deeper for more and more layers of conflict, the characters themselves evolve as I get to know them. They are not so much created as exposed by me. As for which was my favorite to write, I honestly can't say. I truly loved both of them and enjoyed each minute I spent bringing their story to light.
PNR: Will we see Emily and Lachlan in future titles? What are your plans for the Children of the Moon series?
Lucy M.: My next book is Abigail (Emily's deaf sister) and Talorc's story – so you'll definitely see more of Emily, Lachlan and their clan. I envision a series of several books and am not sure when or if the historical world will meet up and merge with the contemporary one. But the potential exists for that.
PNR: Beyond the obvious, what is it about men in kilts, or in the case of Moon Awakening, werewolves in kilts, that captures your imagination? That of the readers?
Lucy M.: The raw power of the man not encumbered or hidden by conventions society associates with other types of clothing.
PNR: Your website mentions that you have an ebook release, Annabelle's Courtship, coming from Samhain Publishing in August 2007. Could you tell us how this project came about? How does electronic publishing differ from traditional print publishing?
Lucy M.: I wrote Annabelle's Courtship before my other historicals, but felt that to publish it with Berkley after moving into the paranormal subgenre might confuse readers about what to expect. So, I opted to go with an electronic to print publisher that I really admire and Samhain graciously bought the book as they say.
PNR: What can readers look forward to in the coming months? Do you have any projects in the works?
Lucy M.: I have two releases in May, Satisfaction Guaranteed and Hot Desert Nights. Then in June and July I have a Harlequin Presents Duo out, Bought: The Greek's Bride and Taken: The Spaniard's Virgin.
PNR: Thank you, Lucy, for taking time out to talk to us, where can readers find out more about your upcoming projects, and how can they contact you?
Lucy M.: Thank you! Check out my website at http://lucymonroe.com (in the process of being overhauled to an even more reader friendly up to the minute environment) and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children of the Moon series: Book 1
Lachlan Balmoral is laird of his clan-and leader of his pack. One of the most feared werewolves prowling the Highlands, he is on the march against the hated Sinclair, who have abducted a Balmoral woman. He kidnaps the sister of the Sinclair laird, planning to marry her off in revenge-but the woman he takes along with her proves to be the greater prize...
Berkley Pub Group
by Lucy Monroe
Ty MacAnlup has seen the tragedy that a mating between a werewolf and a human can bring and he wants no part of it, no matter how much his body and heart ache for a taste of Frankie's softness. Frankie has loved Ty for years and while she doesn't know he's a werewolf, or even that such things exist...she does know that to her, he's always been more than a mere man. Ty's hidden beast wreaks havoc with his determination to stay away from Frankie when they are trapped together in a small cabin in the snow bound wilderness.
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