Emma Lane Interview

Today I'd like to welcome author Emma Lane to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Emma.

Tell us about your latest book with Musa Publishing, My Passionate Love.

This is a story about Frances, daughter of The Rev. William Robinson. She is the oldest of three sisters and a bit of an over achiever. She thinks she can never live up to the standards set by her dearly departed mom. When she meets Richard Rawlings, the new baron who lives near by, she is prejudiced towards him. He is back from the army and a bit rough around the edges. He kisses her; she responds although she is confused as to why. He is totally smitten by her passion, but she resists to the last minute. There's an exciting horse race, a church festival, hilarious retainers, and delicious ginger cake. Mostly it's about a sweet romance between two young people in the early 1800's, a traditional Regency. Frances has two younger sisters. Watch for their stories soon. A Scandalous Design, Melanie's story, and Belinda, My Love.

What was the hardest aspect of writing My Passionate Love? How did you overcome it?
Working through the plot is always difficult, but exciting. I work it out in my head initially. Then I talk it over with hubby who is a good sounding board.

When did you first start writing? What made you want to become a writer?
I started writing about ten years ago after my children were grown. I had the free time and I've always wanted to write.

What satisfies you about your writing?
A goal accomplished. It's great fun as well. A big unexpected plus are the wonderful people I've met along the way.

How important is research in your writing?
Since I write historical, research is imperative.

Almost every author at some point or another suffers from writer's block. Have you ever had that problem? How do you deal with it?
Umm. Sometimes I have what I call plot freeze. I talk it out. My son is great with ideas to work me out of any cul d sac I've written myself into. I reach out for help. My local chapter of RWA (WNYRWA) recently helped me brainstorm ideas for a new novel I'm contemplating. It was great fun and involved a lot of laughter. I love how writers think outside the box.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The amount of work that is required afterwards for marketing. Also how funny my friends/neighbors are when they think they might be written into one of my novels.

What were your feelings when My Passionate Love was accepted and when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
Well I won't go so far as to compare it to the birth of my children, but it ran a close second. I was super elated.

What can your fans look forward to in the next six months from you?
I have a Regency in the works and MUSA just accepted a short story of mine, called Dark Domino. It's a Regency as well.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
The only tool really necessary is a powerful push from their muse. They must posses a strong desire to write. A writing implement would be helpful. I use my dictionary a lot. A search engine is great fun, but it can be distracting too.

What book has influenced your life the most?
The first one they used to teach me to read. Although I suspect my Dad taught me using the comics when I was around three years old. That's when my sister was born so he probably had the job of amusing me. To be able to read is to open the world to every possibility.

What would you consider your most interesting quirk?
My friends tell me I'm eclectic. I paint acrylics, I'm part owner in a small plant nursery selling herbs and perennials. I know a lot about wild flowers and I'm the official flower lady at church. I'm also the fastest cook in WNY. Not the best, but the fastest. To say that I read a lot would be redundant.

If you had a warning label, what would it say?
A friend just sent me a T-shirt which reads: "Careful or you'll wind up a character in my next novel."

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
The staff @ MUSA took pity on me and helped me out. I'm still learning how to operate it. We have an Aurora Regency bloghop running now and participates can win free books. You can also find me on Facebook as Emma J Lane.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just a big thank you to FALLEN ANGEL REVIEWS and to the staff and authors at MUSA PUBLISHING for all their help.

Thank you for spending time with us today Emma!

Interviewed by: Tammy