1. Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I started my career as a published writer 22 books ago with a dark comedy called THE THIN PINK LINE, about a woman who fakes an entire pregnancy. While my earlier comedic novels for adults and some of my writing for teens – both comedies and dramas – contain strong romantic storylines, THE BRO-MAGNET is the first pure romance I’ve ever written. But it’s also a comedy.
2. Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
I would have to say Emily Giffin because she writes such offbeat, unconventional books. And I’d also like to give a nod to Nora Roberts, who inspires authors everywhere, both with her productivity and her attitude.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My most recent book is THE BRO-MAGNET. Here’s the official description:
Women have been known to lament, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” For Johnny Smith, the problem is, “Always a Best Man, never a groom.” At age 33, housepainter Johnny has been Best Man eight times. The ultimate man’s man, Johnny loves the Mets, the Jets, his weekly poker game, and the hula girl lamp that hangs over his basement pool table. Johnny has the instant affection of nearly every man he meets, but one thing he doesn’t have is a woman to share his life with, and he wants that desperately. When Johnny meets District Attorney Helen Troy, he decides to renounce his bro-magnet ways in order to impress her. With the aid and advice of his friends and family, soon he’s transforming his wardrobe, buying throw pillows, ditching the hula girl lamp, getting a cat and even changing his name to the more mature-sounding John. And through it all, he’s pretending to have no interest in sports, which Helen claims to abhor. As things heat up with Helen, the questions arise: Will Johnny finally get the girl? And, if he’s successful in that pursuit, who will he be now that he’s no longer really himself? THE BRO-MAGNET is a rollicking comedic novel about what one man is willing to give up for the sake of love.
In terms of the near future, the ninth book in THE SISTERS 8 series for young readers that I created with my husband and daughter will be released later this year. I should have a new romantic comedy called Z available for ebook readers sometime in March. And THE BRO-MAGNET has been so well received, I’ve begun work on a sequel called ISN’T IT BROMANTIC?
4. How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
I would need to write a whole book to answer that question! Short version: In 1994, I left my day job of 11 years to take a chance on myself as a writer. It took nearly 8 years – during which I wrote 7 novels, held down as many as 4 part-time jobs simultaneously to keep the bills paid, and went through more than one agent – before I sold the 6th book I’d written, THE THIN PINK LINE. I sold it on my own as part of a two-book deal to Red Dress Ink.
5. What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I am going the indie route! Last year, I asked for and received the rights back to THE THIN PINK LINE, which I then published myself as an ebook. And THE BRO-MAGNET, also an ebook, is half-indie; by that I mean that I published it in partnership with the literary agency that represents me. To answer your first question: I think the revolution is great! Writers today have so many more options than when I was first starting out. I am grateful to the traditional publishers who still publish other books of mine, but having so much control over a book in the way I do with THE BRO-MAGNET has been purely exciting.
6. Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
I do hear many of my author friends complain that their publishers have pushed social media on them. I’ve personally never experienced that. In terms of my own tastes, I like Facebook for keeping up with friends, and I love Twitter for quick breaks in the day to have some fun. My advice to other writers is: 1) Only do the social media that you enjoy for its own sake, because you do neither yourself nor anyone else any favors if you’re just doing it to sell-sell-sell when really you hate-it-hate-it-hate-it; 2) If you find your social media habit is getting in the way of your productivity as a writer, set yourself writing goals that you must meet every day and then meet those goals regardless of how much time you spend on FB or tweeting.
Info about the author:
Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 20 books for adults, teens and children. You can read more about her life and work atwww.laurenbaratzlogsted.com.
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