Tanya Anne Crosby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five novels. She has been featured in magazines, such as People, Romantic Times and Publisher’s Weekly, and her books have been translated into eight languages. Her first novel was published in 1992 by Avon Books, where Tanya was hailed as “one of Avon’s fastest rising stars.” Her fourth book was chosen to launch the company’s Avon Romantic Treasure imprint. Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters Tanya is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor, and her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews.
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To quell a looming rebellion, King David of Scotland commands the marriage of a granddaughter of MacBeth to de Moray’s new laird, a man rumored to be as dangerous as he is conniving. When Lianae of Moray seeks protection with Keane dún Scoti, the last Pecht prince will turn his back on kith and kin, fulfilling a destiny only the ancient seer has foreseen…
And then he offered her the berry with his mouth, holding it close until Lianae parted her lips to accept the fruit. Once she did, he pushed the juice and the berry into her mouth.
For a long moment, Lianae forgot to breathe.
His soft, warm tongue explored her lips with barely restrained hunger, brushing softly across her trembling lips and then sliding across the ridge of her teeth. The sensation gave Lianae a strange little quiver.
Warmth filled her breast and slid … lower.
Never in her life had she felt such a heady, silvery warmth. It flowed into her most private regions like warm honey. The berry melted into the depths of her mouth, and after a moment, he pulled away, and looked her straight in the eyes.
“Lianae,” he whispered.
“Did that seem to you like a mon who thinks you’re hideous, lass?”
ER: Welcome to Embracing Romance, [Tanya Anne Crosby] To start us off, tell us two things about yourself that would surprise your fans the most about you.
Let’s see. Well, the first thing that might surprise people is that English was not my first language. I was born in Spain to a Spanish mother, and secondly, I didn’t start out writing historical romance. Well, technically, I guess I did, because Angel of Fire (Avon Books, 1992) was the first book I ever finished and then published. But when I first started writing, I had visions of writing a contemporary, so it’s a bit of a dream come true to be able to do both.
ER: What is your favorite all-time romance book(s)?
That is an impossible task to choose a favorite, because it changes with my mood. Some of my favorite writers are Julie Garwood, Pamela Morsi, Judith McNaught, Karen Robards, Joyce Maynard and Laura Kinsale. I would become a stalker for any one of these ladies! (I sort of already am one to Pam, although, that might not count because she’s also my dearest friend for more than 25 years now.)
ER: Do you have to have silence when you write, or do you write to music, or to the background noise of TV?
I always write better with music, though I can’t handle “words.” I love a good soundtrack. Right now, I’m into Michael Brook, Into the Wild. Loreena McKennitt is a favorite as well.
ER: Are you a plotter or a panster?
I’m a panster, no doubt. I have to have a very clear sense of who my characters are and if I don’t, I’m dead in the water. Once I have that, I’m just along for the ride, baby!
ER: Do you have to have your hero’s or heroine’s names before you are able to begin a story? Do you ever change the names at some point?
Always! If I don’t have the characters set in stone, I can’t move forward in a story, literally. And, yes, sometimes, it’s because I’ve gotten the character’s name wrong. And I imagine them waving at me and doing a “Yoohoo, hey you, author. I don’t like this name. Please change it!”
A little fun fact: Aidan dun Scoti was actually inspired by my husband. When I first met him, dunscoti was his email address (because his name is Scott and he was into philosophy) so when I returned to writing historical romances, I wanted to give him a nod—for his undying support. It actually means “Scot from the hills” so it was perfect for this series.
ER: What’s next for YOU? Can you tell us about a book or series you are working on now, or have planned for the future?
This year is going to be crazy. I am already working on the next release, a second anthology with Glynnis Campbell and Laurin Wittig, called The Summer Star. I’m also in the midst of book 4 of the Guardians series, which takes the series in a whole new direction. Highland Fury is due out in January 2017, and I’m plotting and scheming a new book for The Story Plant.
What I’d love to know is how many readers follow an author across genres? THE GIRL WHO STAYED is my first major hardcover release in 30 years and nearly as many books. In different ways, I’m equally excited about both HIGHLAND STORM and THE GIRL WHO STAYED (due out, March 31 and April 19 respectively), but THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a book of the heart. It’s also my first book for The Story Plant, and I plan to do many more. Do readers enjoy it when favorite authors explore different genres?