Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Author Interview: Lara Nance

We have another wonderful author interview today with the talented Lara Nance.  She is the author of Revenge of the Mad Scientist, a book I am looking forward to reviewing.  Ok, on to the interview!

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I’m a nurse practitioner and I live on a sailboat. I love to travel around the Chesapeake Bay visiting different towns and remote anchorages when I’m not writing.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

Currently on my nightstand, I’m reading A Discovery of Witches.

What is your favorite genre to read?

My favorite Genre to read is Fantasy, but I read in all genres. I especially like series so I can live in a different world longer than just one book.

What got you started on your writing journey?

What got me started on my writing journey – In 1987 I was transferred to Birmingham Alabama by my company. I didn’t know anyone and took up writing to have something to do. I loved it so much, I’ve continued to write off and on for years. I finally got serious about being published about five years ago and since then have published five novels, and one short story. I have an agent, the fabulous Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency, so I’m definitely hooked now!

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

The most rewarding thing about being a writer – Having another person read your work and enjoy it. That’s an awesome feeling!

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

When two people love each other so much that they put aside petty differences, overcome huge obstacles and fight to the death to be together.

Where do your ideas come from?

Many different places: my dreams, a picture, a quote, seeing someone who intrigues me and I make up a story about them. I also love the “What if”. For instance, one of my books, Memories of Murder, came from me wondering if my Alzheimer’s patients could see ghosts.

Please share about your book

In my newest book, Revenge of the Mad Scientist, I wanted to write a sweeping romantic adventure in the style of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. It’s steampunk, meaning you’ll see a strong Victorian era flavor, but in the end it’s an exciting story of a strong heroine fighting to save her father and deal with an old love that is threatening to become a new love. She not only faces danger head on, she has to come to terms with her own feelings and personal growth during her journey.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

If you want to get swept up in a great adventure, cheer on the good guys, and root for the hero and heroine to recognize true love, you will love this book. Sail away on an airship to exotic locales and escape reality for a bit.

Thanks for joining us, Lara.  For more on Lara and her writing, check out her website!

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