Today’s guest is the fantastic, Carrie Lofty! Her Zebra Debut release, What a Scoundrel Wants, is available later this year…
Her current release “Sundial” was released in December 2007 and became a #1 bestseller from The Wild Rose Press…
Please tell us about your book.
What a Scoundrel Wants is a hot, swashbuckling romance that picks up Will Scarlet’s story where the Robin Hood legend leaves off. Will is renowned for his talents with a sword and has finally stepped out from his legendary uncle’s shadow. When he’s set up by the Sheriff of Nottingham, he rescues the alchemist who can clear him of murder–but she’s blind, obsessed with fire, and sister to the woman Will arrested.
What a Scoundrel Wants will be a December 2008 Zebra Debut release (ISBN 0420104752). You can read an excerpt here.
What inspired the story?
I was set to begin a book set in the silent movie era when my girls rented Disney’s animated Robin Hood. I realized I hadn’t seen Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in years. It’s shlocky as all get out, but I love it–not for Kevin Costner or men in tights or even the delicious Alan Rickman–but because of my obsessive fascination with Christian Slater. Girly hormones at their worst! That got me thinking: Whatever happened to Will Scarlet anyway?
Is there anything you would like to write, but haven’t? For example, any other genre you’d like to try?
I’m plotting a sci-fi romance at present, something where I have permission to base the setting on my own imagination rather than the dictates of history. I’ve always loved sci-fi movies like Terminator, Aliens, and the original Star Wars trilogy–especially when they blend action, new worlds, and romance.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Be gentle with yourself when it comes to rejections, but be disciplined with regard to meeting a daily word or page count, reasonable deadlines, and treating your writing career with the respect it deserves. My family took me seriously only when I took myself seriously. And any healthy work habits you can develop now will help in the future when you sell!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Diplomatic, intelligent, sappy.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
A nice bottle of wine from this year. Someone would have a nice evening!
Complete the following…
I dream: crazy, crazy things.
I wish: everyone could have their happy ending.
I pretend: I can talk to my characters.
I fear: harm coming to my girls.
I appreciate: patience.
I am annoyed by: rudeness.
I read: far less than I’d like.
I cannot live without: touching.
I am happy when: I get a good night’s sleep.
I would like to meet: Bono.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
I’m always, always interested in historical romances set in unusual places and times. My award-winning time travel short story, “Sundial,” for example, is set in 1958 Italy. Do readers share my interest? Why don’t we see more variety in the historical romance genre? I’m curious! And if you have any to recommend, I’d love to know which ones have tickled your fancy…
Thank you so much for that great interview, Carrie!
So readers, how about answering Carrie’s questions…and don’t forget to check out her website!
Remember, every comment left is an entry into the giveaway…this is the last week to enter…details here!