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Paula Reed for Lost in Romance

by Louisa Klein

1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
Actually, I don’t write exclusively romance. Hester: The Missing Years of The Scarlet Letter is historical fiction. I started my first romance novel as a lark. I had enjoyed reading them for many years and thought it would be fun to try writing one. I got about halfway through, but then I had kids, and I was an English teacher and debate coach, so I was really busy and let it slide by the wayside. Then I went through a school shooting. (I teach at Columbine High School.) While I was struggling with PTSD, my husband encouraged me to take up writing again. Romance was just the ticket. I really needed some happy endings. I finished the book I had started all those years before, and though it’s really bad and will never sell, it started me down a path toward healing. I wrote another book (Into His Arms), found an agent who encouraged me to write synopses for two sequels (For Her Love and Nobody’s Saint), and we sold the lot on a three-book contract. Writing those books and creating all that happiness did much more for me than therapy ever did. There’s a bit more on this at my own blog: http://paula-reed.com/blog/?p=323.
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
My favorite by far has always been Lavyrle Spencer. I liked the fact that her characters, contemporary and historical, felt like people you might know, and her heroes were such good men.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
My most recent book is That Kind of Woman. Upon the death of his older brother, suddenly Andrew Carrington has everything he never asked for: the title of Earl of Danford, a once-sweet daughter turned rebel, a rakehell younger brother—and the temptation of his late brother’s exquisite widow under his roof. It was scandalous enough when the late earl married the bastard daughter of a duke and his outrageous mistress, but if anyone were to learn the even more shocking secret Miranda Carrington holds, it would hurt everyone she loves, including handsome, take-charge Andrew—the Carrington brother she wishes she had met first… As for future projects, I’m working on a collaborative non-fiction project right now, but it’s in very preliminary stages. My agent has a time-travel from me, as well, and she’s shopping it around. (I’m pretty eclectic.)
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
I found my agent in a pretty unusual way. Three years after the shootings, I decided to take a couple of years off and write full time, hoping to sell something along the way. At that time, a reporter for the local newspaper decided to do an article about Columbine teachers who had left the school. I hadn’t really left; I was only on a temporary leave of absence, but he included me. My agent, Kristin Nelson, had just opened her own agency, and when she read the article she contacted me through the reporter. I sent her a partial, and the rest, as they say, is history. I went back to work after two years, but I continue to write, and she continues to represent me. There were a few rejections before we sold Into His Arms, but then Kensington bought it and the two sequels. Hester (which I wrote after returning to Columbine) was a completely different story. Within a few weeks after it went out on submission we had several publishers interested. St. Martin’s Press bought it at auction.
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I am currently independently re-releasing those first three books initially published by Kensington. The rights had recently reverted to me, and rather than just letting them die, my agent and I decided to get new cover art and release them as ebooks. We also decided to go straight to an independent launch of my newest romance, That Kind of Woman. It’s available in ebook and paperback. Ultimately, I think ebooks are going to allow for a much greater variety of romance novels, which is important to me as a reader and a writer. I don’t like being locked into one time period or a limited selection of whatever publishers deem “hot.”
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 definitely prefer to just write. In part, it goes back to being an English teacher. It’s a very grading-intensive job, so it’s hard enough to find writing time. At the same time, I love interacting with readers, so I do keep up a website and a Facebook page.
Info about the author:
Paula Reed is an internationally published historical fiction and historical romance author. Her work has been published in hardcover, paperback, and e-books, internationally and domestically.
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