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Ashlyn Macanamara for Lost in Romance!

by Louisa Klein

1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
This is a chicken-and-egg situation, so I’m not sure if I can pinpoint which came first. I am a long-time reader of romance, though. Even when I wasn’t reading genre romance, I loved books that highlighted burgeoning relationships and that tension—that feeling of will they or won’t they. When I decided to try my hand at writing my own stories, the romantic element just came along naturally.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
More than one, in fact. Historical writers like Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, and Sherry Thomas inspire me with their lovely, rich prose, their memorable characters and story lines, and their moments of humor.
3) Please, tell us about your latest book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My latest book is my only book, so far. *A Most Scandalous Proposal*, a Regency-set historical, releases on 26 February, and I’m experiencing a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Part of the idea for this book draws on Jane Austen’s *Sense and Sensibility* in that it tells the story of two sisters who approach love from different points of view. Here is the back cover blurb: After watching her beloved sister Sophia pine over the ton’s Golden Boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly-named Earl of Clivesden…the man of Sophia’s dreams. Since resigning his Cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has set Julia in his sights, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover more than friendship driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when she refuses him and her father announces her betrothal, he fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society… …and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures. As for the future, my second book releases in August. It follows the adventures of Benedict Revelstoke’s best friend, George Upperton, who has a big heart and a penchant for getting himself into a great deal of trouble.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
I’m not convinced my journey was much different from a lot of writers’. In 2008, I finished my first manuscript, and naively queried it in the certainty that some agent was about to discover me. I couldn’t convince anyone to take a look at that, and just as well. I came to realize it wasn’t very good—and I’m being kind to it here. But I persevered. My fifth manuscript was a finalist in a big romance writing contest. That one caught my agent’s attention and became my debut novel.
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I love my e-reader. I can carry hundreds of books around with me in my purse and it weighs no more than one paperback. As for indie publishing, I know many authors who are doing phenomenally well with it. I never say never—I am interested in historical periods that fall outside New York’s box—but for now, I’m quite happy with my current contract. But who knows what the future holds?
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 have to admit, social media is a definite distraction. I do love to tweet. (You can follow me @ashlyn_mac <http://twitter.com/ashlyn_mac>.) It’s a great deal of fun, but I have to turn it off if I want to get some serious writing done.
Info about the Author:
Ashlyn Macanamara writes Regency romance with a dash of with and a hint of wicked. She considers writing a form of mid-life crisis, but a safer form than hang gliding or skydiving. She lives the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband, two teenage daughters, and one cat. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.
You can visit her on the web at: http://ashlynmacnamara.net.
To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below:


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