Today is the final day of my Zebra Blog Party and today’s guest is the talented, Sally MacKenzie!!
First, here is more about her upcoming release, The Naked Gentleman…available this April!
John Parker-Roth cannot believe that marriage is necessary for his happiness. He would far rather pursue his interest in horticulture, but if one day he should find a female who shared his passion for flowers–a level-headed, calm sort of female–he might reconsider. Certainly the lovely young woman who has just tumbled into his lap will not do, as she possesses neither of these admirable qualities. Yet Miss Margaret Peterson does have many things in her favor. To begin with, she is a true English rose, blushing a delectable pink. And she is not entirely clothed. Her full mouth begs to be kissed. If only she would not wriggle so…oh, dear. He cannot ignore the sudden vision of her in his bed, but he must.
What? Is Meg actually asking him to kiss her? Well, well, well. John Parker-Roth is a gentleman, first and foremost. And he cannot turn down a lady’s request…
And now here is my interview with Sally…
Please tell us about your books.
The Naked books are funny, hot stories (though not erotica hot!) set in Regency England from about 1816 to 1820 (just after the Napoleonic Wars to the year the Prince Regent ascended the throne to become King George IV). The first three–The Naked Duke, The Naked Marquis, and The Naked Earl–are available now. The fourth book–The Naked Gentleman–will be released April 1. (No fooling;))
Are the books connected in any way–besides the Naked title, of course?
But of course! The Naked Duke introduces three male friends who become–you guessed it–the duke, the marquis, and the earl of Naked fame. But there are more connections. The Naked Earl’s heroine is the duke’s sister (and The Naked Duke’s heroine is the earl’s cousin). The Naked Gentleman’s heroine is the sister of The Naked Marquis’s heroine and the best friend of The Naked Earl’s heroine. (Are you all still following me, LOL?) And many of the secondary characters appear in more than one book. The English ton (sort of the upper crust) was a pretty small group, so I think it makes sense to have the same people bumping into each other. Plus I discovered I enjoy thinking about my characters over time and discovering more things about them. Writing this way also gives me a jumping off place for my next book.
So the books have to be read in order?
No! Of course, I hope readers will fall in love with my characters and want to explore the Naked world, but I’ve tried very hard to make each book completely independent.
What inspired the stories?
A mix of reading and life. I’ve probably read hundreds of romances set in the Regency, starting when I was still in grade school with Georgette Heyer. And I’ve raised four sons–I really had fun with the babies in The Naked Gentleman 😉
What are your favorite parts of being a writer?
Typing “The End”!! Or maybe I should say sending the book off to my editor, because I usually have many more days of revision between “The End” and hitting “Send.” I also love holding the published book in my hand–though I don’t usually read it then for fear of finding typos I missed–and hearing from readers who have enjoyed my stories.
The least favorite?
Starting a new book for me is a leap into the darkness. And I’m not terribly fond of the promotion process.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
To steal Nike’s slogan–Just Do It! (I wrote this before I read Paula Reed’s interview–I always knew Paula was brilliant.) Sit down in the chair, put your fingers on the keyboard, and write the d*mn book. Then revise it. Then start the next book. It may feel like a real slog at times, but don’t give up. Also there’s no one way to write a book. Some people outline; some people don’t. Some people have critique groups; some people don’t. Some people write from page 1 to the end; some people don’t. Just wade on in there and do it!
Would you like to write in another genre?
When I sold The Naked Duke, I was five or so chapters into a futuristic romance. I’d like to get back to it some day–I actually had a plot developed! But for the foreseeable future, it looks like I’ll be writing Naked Regencies 😉
Describe yourself in three words.
Hmm. How about “recovering-worrier” (I have four pretty-much grown sons and I’m a writer…need I say more? Sometimes you just have to rein in that imagination.); “detail-oriented” (Some might say anal–I go over each word of my books multiple times.); and funny (Well, I try.).
What is next for you?
I’ve already written The Naked Baron–it will be out sometime in 2009. I’ve started a novella, The Naked Laird (my working title) which will also be released in 2009. Then I’m contracted for two more books, The Naked Viscount and The Naked…somebody else (both titles subject to change.)
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
Sure! What is your dream hero like? Tall, dark, and handsome? Tortured or not? A knight in shining armor or a bad boy? Brownie points if you’ve read the Naked guys and can say which of them is your favorite and why.
Thank you so much Sally for that great interview!
Readers, you can learn more about Sally and her “Naked” books by visiting her website: http://www.sallymackenzie.net
Readers, go ahead and answer Sally’s questions…
Remember, today is the last day to enter the giveaway…details here! Winners will be announced this weekend!