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Please Welcome, Lauren Dane

I am so excited to have Lauren Dane as my guest today. She is one of my absolute authors.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Well I’m Lauren Dane and I’ve been writing professionally since 2004 when I sold my first book, Triad to Ellora’s Cave.  I live in the Northwest with my very patient husband and three very wild children. When I’m not writing or picking children up, I’m trying to pretend that stack of laundry four feet high is invisible. (What? Everyone else in this house does!)

How long have you been writing?

Pretty much my whole life. I’ve written poetry and short stories for as long as I can remember. In high school and college I wrote editorials and essays for the newspaper, etc.  It wasn’t until I was on bed rest for a high risk pregnancy that I had the time and thought I should give professional novel writing a try.

What is your writing process like?

Well I’ve got three kids and a husband so my days are filled with lots of non writing stuff, picking up, dropping off, making food, doing laundry, grocery shopping – all that jazz. So my main time to write is at night after everyone goes down for quiet time and bed.

I write about three hours or so every night and whatever I can manage during the day and I can usually turn out about 3K words daily, sometimes more, sometimes less.

Procedurally? I usually start  out with a yellow lined legal pad and 3×5 cards and I begin to draw the world and characters. I sketch out a loose outline for most of my books these days (since I have to submit with synopses anyway). Then I start writing.

Most of the time, I learn my characters and why they do what they do as I go along. They reveal themselves to me as I write, which is always a wonderful thing when I have that “AHA!!”  moment with each book and it all clicks into place.

Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming releases Holiday Seduction, Sweet Charity & Undercover?

 

Holiday Seduction

Holiday Seduction

 

Holiday Seduction is a print anthology with the ever so talented Jaci Burton. She and I wrote holiday novellas last year at the holidays and Samhain decided to put them together in print. My story is To Do List which is a contemporary friends to lovers, erotic romance featuring Belle, a very anal retentive lawyer and Rafe, a very laid back farmer and set in Davis, California. She’s working through some big changes in her life and her career and he’s got to let it happen.

 

 

 

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

 

Sweet Charity, which comes out digitally on December 23, follows a year later from To Do List with Rafe’s brother Gabriel and a family friend, Charity. Rafe is a very bad boy and Charity happens to be a very nice girl and a friend since childhood.  They had a horrible one night stand ten years before and she has wondered if it was her fault ever since. He’s been holding her off since then thinking that was best for her, that she needed a nice guy and she’s finally had it and drops herself into his life and seduces him.  It was a lot of fun to write, a wonderful friends to lovers story and some opposites attract stuff too.

  

Undercover

Undercover

 

And Undercover, which is my first single title from Berkley Heat comes out December 2. It’s a futuristic ménage erotic romance with BDSM elements. It’s about a female soldier, Sera, who lost the great love of her life, Ash, ten years prior only to find herself thrust into an assignment with him and his partner, Brandt. There’s a bit of suspense because there are traitors in their midst and she has to go undercover, posing as Brandt’s lover and before long, Ash’s too and the game turns real. 

(readers can go to my website www.laurendane.com to read blurbs and excerpts from all three!)

 

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Oh all over the place! Sometimes a song lyric, sometimes a snippet of dialog will come to me, or I’ll see a picture and think about a hero or heroine. I got the idea for Triad from a trip to New Orleans (pre Katrina). It’s such a magical city it just appealed to me to be the setting for a story filled with magic.

Other than paranormal, do you write in any other romance sub-genre? If not would you like to and if so what sub-genres?

I write contemporary, futuristic, speculative fiction, urban fantasy and paranormal. I wish I had the voice to write historicals, I love to read them, but I just don’t have it. 

Do your characters talk to you? (If so who talks more your heroes or heroines?)

No. But they do find their way into more scenes than I intend sometimes – Polly Chase is very pushy when I write. She likes page time!  And Nina Reyes-Warden from my Cascadia Wolves series is like that as well.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I love to read and I read across pretty much every genre. I love science fiction of most stripes from Asimov’s Foundation and Robot books to William Gibson’s cyber punk. I like dystopian novels a lot – Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale is a favorite. Post apocalyptic novels, horror, some fantasy also find their way into my TBR pile.  I love romance  across the board from historicals to futuristics. 

As for auto buy authors? I am a huge Linda Howard fan, Anne Stuart (who can break all my “OH NO YOU DIDN’T” rules and I love her anyway), William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, Sheri Tepper, Frank Herbert, Marge Piercy, Jaci Burton, Megan Hart, Kim Harrison, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Charlaine Harris, Lisa Kleypas, Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Cynthia Eden, Ann Aguirre, Maya Banks, old Elizabeth Lowell novels – I’m sure I’m leaving people out.

What books are on your keep shelf?

All of the Foundation books and the Robot books by Isaac Asimov, The Dune Series by Frank Herbert, Neuromancer and Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson, Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon, the Kim Harrison Hollows books, Jenny Crusie’s Welcome To Temptation, JD Robb’s Naked In Death, Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Winter,  SEP’s Match Me If You Can, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Stoker’s Dracula, Stephen King’s The Stand, Linda Howard’s Mr. Perfect and After the Night, Emma Holly’s Personal Assets

Do you read books other than romance books?

Sure! 

What was the first romance book you read?

Welcome to Temptation and Emma Holly’s Menage

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Oh my, this is so hard! Probably Relentless which comes out in May of 09 from Berkley Heat with Daniel Craig as Roman Lyons and Salma Hayek as Abbie.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

I’m pretty lucky in my life! But I wouldn’t complain to be Tracy from TriMates!

What are you currently working on?

Always – a contemporary romance set in Seattle – for Samhain.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Hanging out with my kids or husband. Reading. Having lunch with friends. Book shopping!

 ***Leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of Holiday Seduction from Lauren Dane***

Winner will be announced tomorrow!

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60 Responses

  1. Hi Lauren:

    Wonderful interview. 🙂 I always find it facinating to know what the impetus is for author’s stories.

    I am so looking forward to reading Undercover and Sweet Charity. Your Chase brothers series is a favorite of mine, Polly is an absolute hoot!!! I also have really enjoyed your Cascadia Wolves series. Reading “Fated” is actually how I was introduced to your work.

    All the very best to you Lauren!
    Lea

  2. Cool interview.

    Undercover rocked, as do all you books. I’m looking forward to your upcoming titles 🙂

  3. Hi Lauren (and Greta!)
    I enjoyed reading the interview. I often wonder what rolls arounds in the authors’ heads when they write a particular story.
    I just love the Chase brother series! I think it would be better TV than Desp.Housewives. LOL!
    I am anxiously awaiting Sweet Charity’s release. It’s going to be a present to myself when I have to spend the next day frantically counting out stocking stuffers and presents (in secret of the closet of course) the next day.
    Thanks so much and keep up the great writing!
    Emily

  4. Hi Lauren!

    Awesome interview! Undercover sounds AWESOME! I can’t wait! *g*

  5. Another author w/”balls in the air!” What would we do without the kids kids to keep it real & our husbands to keep us sane? Great interview. I admire authors who can write in multiple genres. Book shopping is absolutely the best – right up there with horse shopping!

  6. Hi Lauren and Hi Greta, another great interview!
    Just wanted to pop in and say hi. I really enjoy your books, can’t wait to pick up the newest ones . I also love your video blogs…they are always fun to watch, I look forward to every one!

  7. Hi Lauren and Greta!!

    Great interview!!! 🙂 I also “discovered” you when I read Fated……LOVE that entire Cascadia Wolves series. Once I read Fated I had to have all the other books, read them all in 1 week. I love the Chase Brothers too! I’m really looking forward to Undercover and all the new things you have coming out!!

  8. Hi Greta and Hi Lauren..how are you..seems like ages since we chatted..you know I love everything you write and I cannot wait to read Sweet Charity and Undercover..

  9. wonderful interview. I dont know how you find time to breath with all you do Lauren… I think I would need a vacation somewhere nice and hot! like one of your books LOL

  10. Good Morning. Thank you so much for this great interview. Thank you so much for this bit of insight on yourself.

  11. Always enjoy your interview. Looking foward to Undercover and Sweet Charity.

  12. Great interview. I love Lauren’s books. 🙂

  13. Wonderful Interview. I love Lauren’s books.

  14. Wow! Great interview.

  15. What a great interview! I really enjoyed getting to know Lauren. Wonderful questions and answers! Look forward to reading her books now. Thanks Greta!

  16. Hi Lauren and Greta! I love interviews where we can learn more about the author.

  17. Great interview, Greta and Lauren! Lauren–wow, you are such a busy woman. Sweet Charity looks like a great read. I know UNDERCOVER is great. 🙂 I will definitely add Sweet Charity to my list!

  18. Lea – thank you so much! I’m glad you read fated then, LOL.

    Joy – you’re such a sweetie pie, thank you!

    Emily – LOL Polly would have a lot of fun being the star of her own TV show!

  19. Larissa – *blush* thank you!

    Renee – I am so with you! I love book shopping even more than shoe shopping.

    Cheryl – thanks! It’s good to know someone is watching them, LOL.

  20. Blanche – thank you! Boy, I’m really liking Fated today, seems like that one caught some eyes (that cover is soooo pretty!). I’m thrilled to hear you enjoy my books.

    REBA!!! Hi there, doll! It has been a while. I’m glad to see you!

    Tina – I’m with you! Too bad my family is too busy to cooperate, LOL.

  21. Sara – morning and thank you!

    Christine – thank you!

    Crystal – Aw, thank you, glad to hear it!

  22. Great interview Lauren. I can understand the 3×5 cards.
    I don’t know how you manage it all and still turn out such fantastic books. I read and loved you TRIAD when it came out in print. Now I am looking forward to Holiday Seduction. It sounds great.

    sandie

  23. Kris – thank you, nice to hear that!

    Annette – LOL, thanks!

    Joanie – thanks so much, I hope you enjoy them.

    Diane – Hi there!

    Cynthia – *waves* you outghta know busy, you’ve got a kiddo and a dude to take care of too and you manage to write fabulous book after fabulous book.

  24. Greta – thanks so much for having me today!

  25. Thanks Lauren and Greta for the wonderful interview! Undercover sounds like something I would definitely enjoy reading. And To Do List ~ I always enjoy “friends to lovers” stories.

  26. The book looks wonderful and I do enjoy friends to lovers stories.

  27. Hi Lauren, what a great interview. Love the list of auto buy authors and most of the books on your keeper shelf are some of my favorites too. I haven’t delved much into SF stories, but I listed yours to check out. Can’t wait to read Undercover and Sweet Charity.

  28. Oh I’m so excited! Holiday Seduction sounds like such a great book! Great Interview!

  29. Hi Lauren,
    I would love to win HS!! I love Christmas theme books and I think yours would warm me since I have no fireplace. *g* Wow, Davis, CA. I’ve heard stories about Davis. Like you can’t smoke in your car! I’d go crazy. Btw, I thought Margaret Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale” was extremely depressing. Love some of your auto-buy authors though. 🙂

  30. Hi Lauren! My, you are an eclectic reader.

    I’m curious, what exactly is mean by speculative fiction?

    Deidre

  31. Maybe I heard it before and forgot…but am SO IMPRESSED that Triad was your first book. I LOVED that story!

    Wow first one and it was that awesome!!

    Well as I mentioned before am DYING to read your other series. Heard so many great things about “your” take on wolves/shifters.

    Words like, compelling, HOT, and addictive were used!!

    So, am anxious to start!

    Dana

  32. Sandie – My beloved 3×5 cards! My husband just shakes his head, LOL.

    Leslie – thanks. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite themes.

    Maureen – thank you! ditto to what I said above to Leslie.

  33. Cathy – thank you! I hope you enjoy them both.

    Danielle – It’s such an honor to be in an antho with Jaci!

    Mel – Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopican futuristic so it’s not a shiny happy version of the future. But Atwood draws it so beautifully and creates such a believable world, it’s truly a fabulous book – but not so uplifiting, LOL

    Deidre – I am! I love books plain and simple. Spec fic is a portrayal of a world, not a whole lot unlike the world we live in now but with a variety of differences – Kim Harrison’s Hollows books for instance where it’s Cincinnati but with a virus that leads to the outing of paranormal creatures – it can encompass science fiction, fantasy, horror, futuristics (dystopian and utopian), post apocalyptics, etc.

  34. hI, I enjoyed reading the qustions and answers. Holiday Seduction sounds really good.

    I always like to know who authors love to read.

  35. Looking forward to the latest release!

  36. Hi Lauren,
    I love your books! Holiday Seduction and Undercover are on my wish list. Your interview with Greta is terrific!

    Do you have a scene in your mind that you haven’t been able to fit into one of your stories yet?

  37. Excellent Interview! Always love Lauren’s books. Such talent never fails to weave a fantastic story.

    Good Luck with your upcoming Releases!

  38. Great interview Greta and thanks to Lauren for doing it. I absolutely love the Cherez Pack books and would LOVE more. My first book sof yours that I read was Celebration for the Dead then Reading Between the Lines. Since those two I’ve been hooked and slowly working my way through the rest. I can’t wait to get Holiday Seduction and Undercover.

  39. Hi, Greta and Lauren!

    Great interview…thank you.

    Lauren, I adore your books. You are definitely on my auto-buy list. Just saying.

  40. Dana – you should be getting Enforcer any day now! It got mailed on Tuesday so I hope you enjoy it.

    Pat – thank you! There are so many wonderful authors out there, I’m always reading these interviews with people and expanding my TBR list, LOL.

    Teresa – thank you very much!

  41. Susan – I have many of them actually! I try to keep a file of those scenes in my computer so I can use them later or come back to them. Many of them end up as seeds for new books.

    Yvonne – thank you very much!

    Brandy – thanks! I do hope to get back to write more of Cherchez Pack at some point.

    Aww, ms.Valerie you’re awesome, thanks for saying so.

  42. Lauren, thanks for taking the time to give this terrific interview! I love finding out more about favorite authors and what makes them tick 😉 Your holiday stories sound awesome–I’m a huge fan of the friends-to-lovers theme, and will definitely look for these! And hats off to you for juggling the writing and mom thing! I’ve got three munchkins, too, and right now I can’t imagine having time (or probably more accurately, making time) to do much else! Yay for you!

  43. Great interview!

    Congrats on all the new releases, Lauren!

  44. Enjoyed the interview and Holiday Seduction sounds very goooood.

  45. I love the cover for Undercover. The interview was great!

  46. I really enjoyed the interview. Do you ever go back and look over the things you wrote when you were younger and think about where you are now?

  47. Fedora – thanks for taking the time to read it and thank you for your kind words.

    NJ – thanks, doll!

    Dina – Thank you, I hope you enjoy it.

    Brooke – I am in love with that cover!

    Krin – thank you and yes, I do and most often I cringe, LOL! I’m my own worst critic but often I’ll think about how different my life was when I wrote it, or how little my kids were or even where I was when I got the idea.

  48. Great interview and post Greta and Lauren.

    hugs,
    WendyK

  49. Hey Lauren, Looks like I need to ask santa for more books money with all of your new print books.

  50. I enjoyed the interview, thanks Greta and Lauren!
    I really enjoyed Trimates! And yes who won’t want to trade places with Tracy!

  51. It is nice to visit other places. Good to see you here.

  52. Great interview! All the books sound great!

  53. Hi Lauren~

    Great interview!! I loved your Chase brothers series. I thought they were amazing!

  54. Hi Lauren! Wonderful interview! Your books sound fantastic!

  55. Enjoyed the interview! Holiday Seduction sounds excellent!

  56. Hi Lauren, too big hello to the blog here. Its the first time I have visited here and for sure looking forward to visiting more! Its the first time I read about SWEET CHARITY and gosh those re-union stories get to me emotionally. I love reading those. Loved reading your interview and about all you read and how you got to where you are today! Huge congrats!

  57. Wendy – Thanks for stoppin in to say hello!

    Pam – LOL, yes well the TBR fairy would go broke for all of us, huh?

    Sue – yes, Nick and Gabe – can’t really turn your nose up at them.

    Debby – thanks! it’s nice to be here.

  58. Hi there Amy!

    Lori – thank you! I loved writing them.

    Margie – thank you!

    Deborah – thanks! I hope people enjoy it

    Cathie – Thanks for the congrats, it’s something I’m thankful for every day.

  59. Hi Lauren! And Greta. I so look forward to reading and catching up with the Bettencourt family-will we hear any followups reg Rafe and Belle in the book ‘Sweet Charity’? And will there be any more books reg Belle’s brothers? I get so involved when I read your books ;p I just want more.

    I love reading your books , Lauren. Greta, thanks for bringing Lauren to your blog. She is fantabulous 😀

  60. April – thanks for saying so!

    As it happens yes, you’ll see Rafe and Belle in Sweet Charity and a few glimpses of Belle’s brothers. I don’t know about more stories with them, I’d like to, but we’ll see about the time to write em, next year!

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