Welcome back for another week of What to Read Wednesday!
Today we are lucky to have Lynne Marshall visiting! So, everyone get comfortable, we’re not only meeting a talented author, but we’re lucky enough to hear first hand about her books published with both Harlequin and The Wild Rose Press 🙂
I’m excited to have you here Lynne 🙂
Thank you for inviting me, Christine! I’m thrilled to be here.
I’d like to ask you a few questions so we can learn more about you before we talk about your books. 🙂
Sounds like a plan.
Can you tell today’s readers a bit about yourself?
I’d love to. Well, I’ve been writing for twelve years and have been published the last five. I was an RN for twenty-six years, I live in Southern California with my husband of 30 years, and I have two adult children (one of each gender) of which I am very proud. After writing five single title manuscripts, I wrote my first category length book. It didn’t sell, but the second one did and I now write for Harlequin Special Edition, Mills & Boon Medical Romance, and The Wild Rose Press. After a long career in nursing, I’m ecstatic to be a working author in my second career.
You’re a busy lady! Since we are in the last few days of 2011, have you thought about any goals you’d like to achieve in 2012 either personally or professionally?
My goal is to write 2-3 category length books next year, and to possibly dip my toes in the indie/self-pub waters with a book that is already written.
Love those goals. Very exciting 🙂 Do you prefer salty or sweet?
Sweet first, but with a salty chaser.
A good book or a good movie? Why?
A good movie is easier on the time budget, and these days, I hardly have time to write, yet alone read. I have so many wonderful books loaded up in my Kindle as well as a stack of print books at home waiting for me to devour. I wish I had a better handle on time management, AND I wish I were a faster reader. Therefore – these days I go looking for good movies.
I’m in the same predicament…there are so many good books out there. Even though your time is limited, if you could read more, tell us your favorite type of book to read and why?
Though my first choice is contemporary stories (all genres) because they keep me current and I relate best to them, I also enjoy historicals and time travels.
What genres do you write in?
I write contemporary and medical romance, and my longer single title books have hints of women’s fiction in them along with the romance.
Is there something you do as a ritual when writing? For instance do you need to wear a pair of lucky socks, listen to a certain song or type of music, write only in the mornings?
You nailed it. I write in the mornings, and save editing for night. For some reason I can slip into the zone faster and easier early in the morning, probably because I used to get up two hours early to write before I went to work as a nurse.
I’m a morning girl myself, so I can relate 🙂 Let’s play Tantalizing Ten…Tell us One For the Road in 10 sentences! 🙂
It just so happens that the book blurb is under ten sentences. Here goes:
D’Anne Palmer and her husband had a life others dream of—traveling the US in a luxury forty-foot motor coach, going where they wanted. Suddenly, D’Anne finds herself a widow with her only asset being the motor home. Without funds to return to California, she decides to hire out the RV. Tyler White was a “one-hit-wonder” ten years ago. At a crossroads, he decides to attempt a comeback. He’s hoping the three-week tour he’s put together will reignite his career. All he needs now is some cheap transportation and the widow with the RV might just fit the bill. D’Anne and Tyler discover a lot about themselves—and each other—as they journey from Nashville to Las Vegas, via Texas with the band and Tyler’s dog. Can close quarters really help a has-been singer on the comeback trail and a widow with California style find love?
I believe that came in at 9 sentences so I’d like to add – Think Desperate Housewife on a road trip with the Urban Cowboy. 🙂
I have a confession. I’m reading your book actually. Though I’m slow due to time issues, I’m loving it Lynne. It’s a great story 🙂 Where did your inspiration come from?
I was on vacation with my family watching the huge RVs roll by, and I started seeing these quirky characters. When I got home I began to boot camp the plot.
Can you tell us two things you love about your hero?
Tyler is Big and gentle.
D’Anne is intense but reasonable (maybe not at first, but eventually. LOL ) 🙂
What was the hardest part of this book for you to write?
The blow-out scene (huge argument) between D’Anne and her son.
For some reason, the scenes including Bear (a secondary character) came very easy.
Will you share an excerpt with us?
I’ve posted the first part of Chapter One at my website. (Please click on Chapter One and it’ll take you to Lynne’s website so you can read her first chapter…you’ll love it)
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a contracted book for Harlequin Special Edition due February 15th. My working title is The Medic’s Homecoming. I also have author edits on my computer for a Medical Romance called Dr. Tall, Dark, and…Dangerous which is due out in July, and editorial line edits for another Last Rose of Summer book from The Wild Rose Press called Too Close for Comfort. One word explains how I’m feeling – Overwhelmed!
I love your titles, especially Dr. Tall, Dark and…Dangerous. That alone perks my interest. 🙂 Do you have any words of wisdom you’d like to share with others on their own journey to publication?
I’d like to quote one of our Presidents, Calvin Coolidge:
“Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men (and women) with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
I keep this quote close to my computer.
What can we expect next from Lynne Marshall?
I pretty much outlined that in question #13. Courting His Favorite Nurse – in stores March 2012! from Harlequin Special Edition(It is my debut in that line); An Indiscretion – March 2012 – Medical Romance e-book from the Wild Rose Press; Dr. Tall, Dark, and…Dangerous – Harlequin, Mills & Boon Medical Romance – July 2012.
I’m so excited for you. 2012 is going to be an amazing year for you 🙂 And finally Lynne, where can we find you and your books?
My website is www.lynnemarshall.com, and my blog: www.lynnemarshall.com/blog. I’m on Facebook and Goodreads as well. Friend me! My books are available at Amazon and The Wild Rose Press, and the Special Edition will be in stores in March 2012! Yay. I have a newsletter folks can sign up for at my website to keep in touch. I also have some free stuff available there. I hope you’ll stop by and check everything out!
I’m so glad you were able to visit with us today, Lynne. Thank you. And thanks to everyone for joining us.
Until next week…Happy Reading 🙂