Hey all, this is Promo-gal! I wanted to welcome the many new readers who have been writing in over the past few months. I thought it might be fun to post an interview Lucy did with Rachelle Credo in 2007 so our readers can get to know Lucy a little better. Even if you are a long time Lucy Monroe fan, you may learn a little something new.
An Interview with Bestselling Author, Lucy Monroe....
Why did you become a writer? Was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
Writing was a dream I had when I was younger, but it got lost somewhere along the way and I ended up getting my MBA and doing management consulting and women's ministry in many different forms until one day I was having a conversation with God in the bathtub and realized I needed to write a book. The rest, as they say, is history. :) Well, actually - it was a really hard and long road to publication, but once the dream was re-born in my heart, I couldn't let it go. I keep my Call story on my website because for me it still has a lot of magic. :)
What do you love about being an author? Is there anything you dislike?
I love writing. Period. I love creating and getting to know new characters, telling their stories, hearing from readers...reading neat reviews, talking to other authors and readers when I get the chance. It's just a really special world. What don't I like? Negative reviews. They hurt. Not saying they shouldn't happen...not everyone is going to like your books. It's just reality, but you did ask. LOL And I don't like waiting for my books to come out...I'm as impatient as readers are for the next one. Okay, so I need to work on my patience quotient, but there it is. :)
How do you balance your personal and writing time?
Sometimes it's very difficult. I love writing, which makes it a harder job to "put away" when it's time to do family or friend stuff. But I love the people in my life and try really hard to give them as much or more than I do the worlds I create. I could ultimately live without my writing, but not without the people that matter to me in my life.
How do you write? Do your characters come to you first or the plot or the world of the story?
Characters always come first and from them, their story. I usually write by the seat of my pants with a vague idea of where my story is going.
What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
I write category and single title contemporary romance, light romantic suspense, paranormal, historical and have even published an inspirational with Samhain under LC Monroe. (I don't plan to write any more Inspirationals, though I do have one that I wrote a few years ago still to be published with them.) Every story I write is about the characters for me. They come to me and I need to write their stories and wherever that falls under the broad umbrella of romance, so be it.
What is the biggest misconception about being an author?
That it's easy? Seriously, the stress levels of the job are higher than any other job I've had. It's hard, but it's wonderful.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I often will discover similarities between my characters and people I've met or known once the book is written, but that's a bit like real life isn't it? I mean how many people do you know that remind you in small ways of other people you know?
Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?
That's an impossible question for me to answer because I honestly truly love all of my characters.
If you were writing a script for the big screen, who would you want to act in your movie?
I totally suck at this particular question...my vision of my characters is so real, I have a hard time imagining anyone "else" portraying them. But, um...I think Sandra Bullock would make a good Josie from WILLING and Adrian Paul would make a good Simon from THE REAL DEAL.
What would you want readers to take away from your books?
That love is more powerful than hate or adversity. That we don't have to be victims. We can't direct our own destinies per se, but we have a big say about the how the journey goes and even what direction it takes. That life is about living and change and challenge and never to be afraid of being hurt so much that you don't risk experiencing the good stuff.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers in regards to writing a book?
Definitely...read. A lot. Not how to books, but good books in the genre you want to write in. Then write. Write. Write...and write some more. Don't give up and don't be afraid to change your words when the first one or ten drafts don't work write.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lots and lots and lots...Christine Feehan, Jayne Ann Krentz, Lora Leigh, JJ Massa, Lynne Graham, Michelle Reid, Kate Davies, Lori Foster, Mindy Neff, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Ashleigh Raine, JL Langley, and the list could go on and on and on...
If you had an opportunity to ask Lucy a question, what would you like to know? Leave your question and I may just be able to get Lucy to answer a few.