Pantser or Plotter?
Pantser—by that I mean, I have some idea of my characters’ backstories, and some idea of what’s keeping them apart. Then the begging starts. “Please, Benevolent Universe, may I have an opening scene? No? An opening paragraph? OK, how about an opening line…” Before I turn in for the night, I read over whatever I’ve written that day, and I hope and pray that when I climb out of bed the next morning, I’ll have just one more scene… Nervewracking way to write thirty books, but it’s the only process that has worked for me (so far).
What writing book or workshop gave you your biggest A Ha! Or facepalm learning moment?
Donald Maass’s “Break Out Novel Intensive” workshop. Don has taken apart the bestsellers that hang on the lists for months and figured out what makes them tick. A commonsense approach to commercial writing that can lead to brilliant results—though it’s a long and daunting week.
What authors are on your auto-buy/borrow list?
Joanna Bourne, Kristin Callihan, Mary Balogh, JR Ward, Carolyn Jewel, Julie Anne Long, Meredith Duran, Tessa Dare, Judith Ivory, Loretta Chase (is that enough?). Love Robert Burns’s poetry and letters. I also read Charles Finch. He writes the Charles Lenox mystery series set in Victorian England—purely scrumptious and full of elegant little historical flourishes.
Fave book you had to read in high school English?
Cannot recall liking a single book I “had to read” for high school English, and several of them I regarded as pure anti-adolescent meanness on the part of the English Department. (Mr. Golding, did you simply hate boys?).
What’s your signature drink?
I have two. At home, I treat myself to jasmine green tea with agave nectar and whole milk. When hoisting a flagon of libation among good friends, I’ve been known to have a White Russian (or two…).
What movie scares the bejeezus out of you?
I do not watch scary movies—a writer’s imagination can be a liability late at night, when the moooon is full.
What movie makes you bawl?
The Jungle Book—when Baloo supposedly dies. I know he’s not really, really dead, and yet I choke up every time. Don’t get me started on Old Yeller. And then there’s the scene in Black Beauty when Beauty comes across Ginger all broken down and dispirited… Or the end of The Incredible Journey, when Chance comes limping out of the underbrush…
What song do you have to dance/sing along to whenever it comes on?
The Pointer Sisters, “Jump,” or “Neutron Dance,” or “I’m So Excited…” (I’m dating myself!)
What’s your fave pair of shoes?
Bare feet, or when it’s cold, a really thick pair of Maggie Moo organic wool socks.
THE MACGREGOR’S LADY BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2014
What if the steps they take to avoid marriage…
The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he’s met that obligation, he’ll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there.
…Lead instead to impossible love?
At her step-father’s insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she’s done her duty, she’ll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety… or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably—until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences will keep them apart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal. She has a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish was awarded Best Historical Romance for 2011 by the RT Reviewers Choice Awards. Burrowes is branching out into Victorian and contemporary romances with Sourcebooks, as well as short stories. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit http:///www.graceburrowes.com.
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Edited February 19, 2014: Thank you so much for your interest in this giveaway. We are now closed to entries. We will announce the winner tomorrow. Again, thank you!