Thursday, January 03, 2008
Ask Five with...Lauren Dane!!!!
I'm thrilled to have the fabulous Lauren Dane as the Romance Reviews Today Blog guest. Lauren is an author to watch. If you haven't read her...what's stopping you???
1. Tell us about Wolf Unbound.
Wolf Unbound is the third book in the Cascadia Wolves series and it carries on the story of the werewolf mafia I started in Enforcer. It's Tegan's story. She's a werewolf enforcer who's lost her mate some years before but finds love again in an unexpected place with an unexpected person. The war between the werewolf packs is heating up, things are growing dangerous for everyone.
2. How rocky was the road to publication? Did it take you very long to get published?
I'm really lucky. My first book Triad was my first sale, to Ellora's Cave back in late 2004. It came out in 2005 and I've been writing regularly ever since. Breaking into New York took a lot longer and that road has been a lot rockier! Lots of rejection, a small sale, more rejection and finally my first single title sale nearly a year after that first small sale. All I can say is you have to keep trying and not let all the rejection stop you.
3. Do you have any writing rituals?
I write every day. Every once in a while I take a break but 360 days a year I write. That's the most important ritual. I do create a soundtrack for every book, which is really fun! It helps me keep the feel of the story when I get pulled away to do other things in mid-process.
I'm really anal retentive, LOL. So I have lots of rules in my head for my process, how I edit, when I edit. It involves binders and highlighters and a lot of weird superstition on my part about not letting anyone see it and keeping it close to the vest until I've finished the first draft.
4. What friends or authors have you valued for their friendship?
Megan Hart and Anya Bast are two of my dearest friends. They've supported me, critted my work, offered advice and solace, they've cheered me on and made me laugh. They're both really good people and excellent authors. I think without community this industry would kill you.
I've also met so many great people who have become friends so many authors who've helped me and who came out to congratulate me when something good happened. They've talked about my books, just been really wonderful. I still get sort of giddy when I get an email from Jaci Burton, who I've admired forever and ever.
5. Finally, what is coming out from you in the near future?
Let's see - in March, Standoff, the last book in this Cascadia Wolves story cycle will come out from Samahin. And then What Happens in Vegas, a four author anthology will come out May 1 from Harlequin Spice. In the Fall I've got Taking Care of Business from Black Lace, a jointly written novel with Megan Hart and then in December I've got Undercover from Berkley Heat. A
very busy year!!
Thank you, Lauren! Learn more by visiting her website at http://www.laurendane.com/