With more than 20 books in print, it’s no wonder RT Book Reviews calls Shana Galen “a grand mistress of the action/adventure sub-genre.” Booklist says she “…expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion.”
Busy lady! Let’s see what she has to share today.
- What made you start writing romance?
I was always drawn to romantic stories, even as a kid. One of the first stories I wrote when I was in first grade was about Han Solo and Princess Leia kissing and kissing. I think I was born to write romance.
- What inspired your current release?
The movie Tangled and specifically my love for Flynn Rider inspired The Rogue You Know. I wanted to write a bad boy hero as charming as Flynn as well as a story where the hero and heroine come from different worlds.
- Any quirky writer’s habits you want to share?
I often have to write everywhere and anywhere. I’m working on this interview at Chuck E Cheese while my daughter and her friend are tying to sneak up on me and scare me. Even though they have $20 worth of tokens, they want to play the game that involves me. Forgive any typos, please. I’m pretending to be scared.
- Please share your research process for your books/series.
I know a lot about my time period, so if there’s a detail I don’t know or can’t remember, I just put XX in the manuscript and go back and look it up later. If I stop while writing to research, I won’t ever get the book written.
- What is your favorite thing about this book?
Gideon’s relationship with the dog in the book is my favorite thing. I love how it changes throughout the book.
- Where there any surprises in writing this book? If yes, would you share?
Yes, I initially wrote the dowager countess as a villain, but as the story progressed more of her past was revealed. I realized she wasn’t a villain at all. She was actually Susanna’s biggest advocate.
- What about the hero and heroine made you want to see them together?
I just love opposites. He’s a thief and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks. She’s the daughter of an earl who’s lived a seriously sheltered life. It seemed like fun to give them an adventure.
- How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
I write the next one. One of these days I’ll have some time between deadlines, and I’ll be able to celebrate.
- If your book becomes a movie, who would play the hero and heroine?
I kind of pictured Colin O’Donoghue from “Once” as Gideon. I don’t have a good idea for Susanna. Maybe someone who can play a prissy heroine, like a young Katherine Heigl.
- What are you working on next?
I have two anthologies coming this fall. One is with Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville. It’s titled Christmas in Duke Street and will be out in October. The other is a November release. I worked on A Gentleman for All Seasons with Vanessa Kelly, Kate Noble, and Theresa Romain.
Fast Five Questions:
- What’s your favorite color? Purple because it’s bold and rare.
- If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 18 year old self? Boys aren’t as important as you think
- Give three words that describe you. Introvert, Planner, Organized
- Of all the characters you’ve written, who would you most like to be? Helena Bloomington, wife of Agent Blue (The Spy Wore Blue, All I Want for Christmas is Blue. She’s traveled the world, sings opera every night, and her husband worships her.
- What’s your favorite animal? Cats because they’re low-maintenance but affectionate.
This close she saw the rough hew of his clothing. The dirt on his boots. He did not belong here, and his actions left no question as to his intent. She grasped her skirts in one hand to keep them from tripping her, and held the heavy candlestick in the other. Soundlessly, she rose. He seemed to sense her movement, but right before he could turn, she rushed him and slammed the candlestick onto the back of his head.
With a groan, he went down, the cap tumbling from his head.
She’d done it! She’d really done it.
She gave a small gasp of surprise and horror when she saw the trickle of blood on his neck. Oh, God. Had she killed him? What would happen to her if she’d killed him? Would she go to Newgate?
She wanted to wake Crawford, but she couldn’t call the butler if she’d killed a man. He’d be forced to summon the magistrate. Better to ensure the thief was alive before calling for anyone.
Tentatively, she knelt down, and her hand wavered over the thief’s neck. She’d seen her mother’s physician touch the dowager’s neck at this point to check her pulse. Susanna had never tried to check a pulse, and she’d never touched a man other than her father or her brothers. Her hand hovered above the man’s neck, until finally she shut her eyes and forced herself to touch him.
He was still warm. His head was turned away from her, so she couldn’t see if her hand was in the right position, but she didn’t feel a pulse. She moved her fingers a fraction of an inch.
She moved them again, and he groaned.
She snatched her hand away and scrambled backward. The man tried to rise, lifting his shoulders off the floor and cupping the back of his head. He groaned again and turned his head to look at her, just as she was about to raise the candlestick again. He raised his hand to ward off the blow, but she’d paused anyway.
His eyes held her. He faced the hearth behind her, and she could see the pain in his eyes but also the color.
They were green, a vivid beautiful green that reminded her of forests and glades and the serenity of the country. And so she paused.
Later, she would come to realize that small hesitation had been a mistake.
Later, she would realize that was the moment everything had gone wrong.
But as she sat with the candlestick held aloft, the thief staring at her, all she could think was that he was beautiful. That she wanted to sketch him; that it would be impossible to find the right color for his eyes.
She’s beyond his reach…
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London’s dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society’s most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.
…and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London’s glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it’s too late. But as she descends into London’s underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she’s willing to pay…for the love of a reformed thief.
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.
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