Hi, Alanna, so glad to have you here today. Tell us a little about Face to Face. What inspired this story? :
Boroughs Publishing Group hosted the ‘What’s in a Name’ contest. The guideline was to take the title of a song that inspired you and adopt it as the title of your story. Face to Face by Siouxsie and the Banshees was the inspiration for my novella.
A masquerade, a chance meeting, and a kidnapping: Little did Miss Penelope Ashurst realize that breaking the rules would result in the adventure—and love—of a lifetime.
Miss Penelope Ashurst wanted one night to shed the strict rules and proper decorum of Regency society. While attending a forbidden masquerade, she meets the man of her dreams. It is love at first sight. His secret identity only adds to the excitement of the evening. Before she discovers who the mystery lord is, a ruthless man who is only interested in her dowry kidnaps her.
When Ranulph, The Earl of Monfort, first spies the goddess in a golden mask, something inside comes to life and stirs a deep longing. The weight of responsibility that had been bearing down on him his whole life dissipates. But before he can profess his love to his goddess, she disappears.
In a race against time, Ranulph searches for Penelope. However, their ordeal does not end once Penelope is rescued. While trying to evade the kidnappers, Penelope and Ranulph find their lives in jeopardy. But as they escape one danger, others lurk to destroy their newfound love. Can their love conquer all, even death?
What are you working on now? Do you have any releases scheduled for this year?
When We Dance will be released in September. It tells the story of the hero’s brother from Face to Face. The third novella in this series, which I am currently writing, is a Christmas love story, which will be released in November.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, character, or…?
I love to research, so that is the first step for me. I am a panster who is learning to be a plotter. The transition is an interesting one and I have learned a lot about my writing process. I now make charts and use index cards to organize my thoughts.
Do you have a favorite time of day for writing?
I tend to be more productive in the afternoon and evening, once I have gotten the everyday life stuff out of the way.
What is your favorite memory from childhood?
One of my favorite memories from childhood is dancing in the kitchen with my Grammy to the Happy Days theme song J
Where is your favorite place in the world?
I love to travel to Europe. I have family in Holland, Germany, Austria, and Italy. It is always great fun to visit them.
What is your favorite food to cook or eat?
My husband is the cook in my family. One of my favorite dishes that he prepares is pasta with seafood, tomatoes, and basil.
What do you like to read?
I read historical romances and history books. Right now I am rereading (for the umpteenth time) A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It is one of my favorites.
Do you listen to music while you write? What are you listening to now?
When I write, I listen to classical music. Beethoven is my absolute favorite composer.
These are few of my favorite things:
1. Snuggling with my kids
And now, Alanna has a question for you: What costume would you wear to a Regency masquerade?
Her body quivered when the damp air penetrated through her coat and costume. Crossing her arms across her body, she exhaled with frustration. “Where is she?”
No sooner had the words brushed past her lips then an apparition came rushing through the fog. “Ohhh…,” she was just about to scream when the figure draped in white emerged. It wasn’t until Penelope saw the tall staff that she recognized her friend. “Where have you been?” She hissed at Judy. “I was just about to give up.”
“I had to wait for the house to quiet.” Judy took Penelope’s arm and tugged her into the thickening haze. Once clear of the house, walking toward their destination, Judy explained, “I think my brother may suspect what we are about this evening. We have to make sure we stay clear of him. He is dressed like a pirate.”
Judy nodded her head. “Eye patch and all. He looks ridiculous.” Her high-pitched giggle caught the attention of a pair of young gentlemen on the opposite side of the street.
Penelope eyed Judy with alarm. “Shh. Do you want to be recognized?” Without further conversation, they scurried along toward their destination.
The thrill of adventure shot through Penelope at the realization of what they were about to do.
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Bio: Alanna Lucas is a historical romance author, who loves writing historical romance just as much as she loves reading them. When not daydreaming of her next hero, Alanna can be found reading, spending time with family, or plotting her next travel destination.
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