Friday, November 03, 2006
ASK FIVE with....LUANN MCLANE!
Meet LuAnn McLane, the hot author of sexy stories from NAL. She got her first big break in Lori Foster's writing contest and hasn't looked back. LuAnn is not only talented, she's fun to be around. Get to know her better!
1. Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Kentucky and although I dread winter, making me contemplate moving south, I will probably always remain in the the Bluegrass state. When I'm not writing, my life revolves around my four children. My interests and hobbies include reading (wow there's a surprise), sports (watching, not playing) and traveling to anywhere south with a beach. For relaxation I enjoy watching chick flicks with my daughter and listening to country music. I have a group of girlfriends (like the Ya Ya Sisterhood but not *quite* so dysfunctional) that I get together with to chat and laugh about nothing in particular and I love spending time with my reader and writer friends both in person and online.
2. What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?
My latest release, Love, Lust and Pixie Dust is a whimsical paranormal about psychic sisters and their crazy love life with normal guys. I had fun setting the stories in Nashville, my favorite city to visit. This October release was pretty much on the heels of Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots, my first romantic comedy single title that seems to be striking a chord with the readers. I've had lots of e-mails from readers who have said that they identify with my heroine, Jamie Lee because she is an everyday hometown girl. There is an excerpt on my website that will give you the flavor of the story.
3. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Little things get my imagination going.... a line from a song, a story on the news or something that I have interest in can also create a spark. I don't plot so the story comes to me as I write which is fun since I want to know how it ends too. I only know the main premise and the characters... who don't always do what I want them to do. For example, in the story I just turned in, Dancing Shoes and Honky Tonk Blues (an idea that came to me as I watched Dancing With the Stars) my heroine couldn't choose between her old crush and her dance instructor and I really didn't know who she would end up with until near the end of the book. A secondary character was supposed to be back-stabbing and mean and instead my heroine bonded with her.....I was like what are you doing? So in other words my characters have a mind of their own and that's really where the ideas come from.
4. Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?
As a reader I've always loved LaVyrle Spencer for her emotion. Her stories never failed to make me cry. For suspense I've enjoyed Karen Robards, a fellow Kentuckian whom I've always admired. I got hooked on the sexier contempories reading Lori Foster who gave me my first break into this business with her writing contest a few years ago. She's also been a great friend along with my Vamps and Scamps authors, Dianne Castell, Toni Blake, Rosemary Laurey, Shiloh Walker and Erin McCarthy.
5. What’s coming up in the near future for you?
My next release will be in May. It's a romantic comedy called Dancing Shoes and Honky Tonk Blues. It's a fun *redneck* version of Dancing With the Stars. Instead of TV stars, the contestants are hometown folks. It's supposed to be a reality show spoof but becomes something much more than that in the end. I loved writing this story since I got to do lots of research on ballroom dancing.... something I would love to do. Right now I'm working on Trick My Truck but Don't Mess with My Heart, another southern comedy centered around a used car lot. I'm really having fun with quirky small town characters and although I'll still be writing the erotic trades, you'll be seeing more romantic comedy from me in the future.
Read the reviews for Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots and Love, Lust and Pixie Dust. For more on LuAnn, visit her website.
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