I'd like to introduce author, LAURA SIMCOX. Her new book, SUMMER PROMISES, premiers September 17. Welcome Laura, tells us about your book.
Laura: Scenic designer Carly Foster just started her last summer theatre job, and at the ripe old age of twenty-nine, she promised herself it would be a working vacation in the mountains of New Mexico – with no romance allowed. She’s finished with the “drama trauma” of theatre romance: her love life has never been beyond Act One because she can’t stay away from tortured artists. Not this time.
But luck is so not on her side: she’s stuck in a touristy ghost town with a charming bodyguard who’s flirting with her just to relieve his own boredom: Asher Day, the producer’s brother recently returned from New York City with an armload of empty canvasses and a vanload of attitude. A sexy painter who won’t talk about his past? So typical. But Carly is determined not to experience a repeat of her past relationships. If only Asher could live up to his wounded artist persona, she could kick him to the curb and stick by her goal to stay away from the type of guy who stomps on her spirit.
But the magnetic pull she feels from Asher is irresistible: he has inner strength and compassion, not to mention a heart-melting wink and kisses that leave her sleepless. If Carly can’t keep the drama in the theatre and out of her personal life, not only will she have bags under her eyes, but her heart will never survive the summer.
Galen: What was the inspiration for SUMMER PROMISES?
Laura: ‘SUMMER PROMISES’ is inspired by my experience working in summer theaters across the USA. I spent many years jumping into my car and heading for the unknown. When I was younger and single, the promise of possible romance was always with me. Good thing it didn’t work out, because I married a great guy who is a science nerd, not a theater geek. It’s hard to find love working in theater since moving around a lot is a given, so I wrote this story in tribute to theater people everywhere who are searching for that happily ever after.
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Laura: Unofficially, it was to see if I COULD write an entire novel. And I did, but set it aside for a couple of years while real life happened. In the same week I became a mom, I found out my college teaching job lost funding and I was going to have to either teach part time or quit. So I quit to be home with my son. A few months later, I joined RWA and then my local chapter. I got busy learning everything I could about romance publishing and haven’t looked back.
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Laura: Marilyn Masters is a character in ‘Summer Promises’. She’s pushing middle age, but is dating a younger man. She says: “Cougar? I’m not a wild animal. That’s absurd. Think of me as a sinfully sexy Robin Hood. I rob from the cradle and give to myself.”
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Laura: I’m a plantzer. More pants than plot, but I have to have bones to a book before I start to create the rest.
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Laura: ‘A Rose in Winter’ by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I was only twelve and probably shouldn’t have been reading it, but I was a sappy romantic even then. The poem at the beginning made me sigh.
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Laura: I write at a giant second hand oak desk. My fifteen year old cat sleeps on one corner next to the windows. There are notebooks and scraps of paper piled next to my computer and a perpetual glass of iced tea off to the side.
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Laura: The best part is the fact that I control my own destiny, and that includes writing in jammies and creating worlds in my head. The worst part is not knowing whether what I’ve written will be published, but since in my past life I worked in a creative field, I’m used to a blank slate in front of me more often than not.
Galen: If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?
Laura: I would be a radio personality on a morning talk show. I think it would be a blast to improvise and laugh at silly stuff for a living. Hard work, but fun!
Galen: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Laura: Hmm. So many choices. Right now, my top pick would be London. I’ve read so many books set there (yay Regency romance!) that I want to see it for myself.
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Laura: I couldn’t be stranded without ‘The Corset Diaries’ by Katie MacAlister. Always funny and a great love story. I’d also take a thesaurus and a book with blank pages so I can continue to write. Let’s just assume I’ve smuggled a pencil in a pocket somewhere. J
Galen: Name two blogs you read everyday.
Laura: I read ‘Ladies in Red’ and a new blog called ‘Teatime Romance’.
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Laura: I spend a lot of time playing with wooden trains. My three year old son is crazy about Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. I also dabble in potty training, general cleaning and cat wrangling. When I have time left over, I like to play the piano and watch really dumb comedy movies.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Laura: Do your best and you have nothing to be ashamed of.
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