Writer News

August 6, 1998 –
News for Nora Roberts’ fans, especially those of the MacGregor series.

Look for The Winning Hand to be published in November, which means you’ll be able to find it at your bookstores sometime in October. The series will continue with The MacGregor Grooms, also in October, and The Perfect Neighbor in March 1999. And for those patiently waiting (or impatiently more likely) for the re-issue of the first books in this series, here is the publication schedule:

  • The MacGregors: Serena and Caine – December 1998 (probably available in November)
  • The MacGregors: Alan and Grant – February 1999 (probably available in January)
  • The MacGregors: Daniel and Ian* – April 1999 (probably available in March)

* Ian’s story was first told in In from the Cold, from the Harlequin Historicals Christmas 1990 anthology.

Another MacGregor historical release, Rebellion, will be re-released this October as well, but not through retail stores. Members of the Book Club can order it, and, according to Eva Steinberg at Harlequin, it will be available through Customer Service. As such, it probably can be ordered from Harlequin’s web site.

January 10, 1998 –
I received a Christmas card in mid-December from Lisa Ann Verge. I was flattered, honored, and impressed that Lisa had the time to send Christmas cards when she’s recently had a baby. When I picked up a new issue of RT, I noticed this historical and historical fantasy author had a series romance coming out shortly. So I wrote to her and asked her about her new baby and to comment on making the switch to contemporary series romance. Here’s what this master of the Road Romance had to say:

Lisa Ann Verge ([email protected]):
The baby’s name is Maeve Elizabeth, and she’s my third little girl. I have three under the age of six and absolutely no help right now. I’m writing this to you as she lays in a rocker beside me, making noise and looking hungry.

She is one of the major reasons why I wrote the Harlequin Temptation, Loving Wild, coming out in February 1998. Around about last year, when I realized I was pregnant, I made one of those difficult working mother decisions – I decided that once the baby was born, I was going on maternity leave for a year or so. I’ve been writing one historical romance a year for eleven years now, while having and raising babies, and it was becoming very difficult finding time to do the necessary research and really develop an idea. I wanted to slow down, take some time for my kids, not worry about deadline pressures, refill the creative well. With the addition of another baby in my life, time would be all the more precious and I wanted to give as much as I could to her.

But I couldn’t be idle in those months between making this decision and giving birth, so, just for fun – I’m not kidding! – I decided to write a short sexy contemporary romance. I’ve done one before – a 1991 Meteor release called Sweet Harvest, and had a great time writing it. So, I wrote Loving Wild, submitted it to my agent, and didn’t think about it while I awaited the Blessed Event. Lo and Behold, Harlequin bought it! You could have knocked me over with a feather. I was thrilled . . .and a bit dismayed, because now I had another deadline, which is just what I had been trying to avoid. Fortunately, I finished the book with time to spare.

Now, of course, Harlequin wants more, and I am working on something . . . but I’m doing it at my own speed. I have to. I’m not getting much sleep, I have absolutely no time during the day . . . and, frankly, I’m having too much fun enjoying my new baby.

Some people say you have to put out 3 to 4 category romances a year to really make a name for yourself, and perhaps that is true. I’ll never be able to do that, not ever. I’m simply too slow a writer in the best of circumstances. I just hope that each of my books is worth the wait . . . .

January 7, 1998 –
Julie Garwood follow-up to interview
I spoke with Julie on the phone last night; she read me a review from People about Come the Spring. She didn’t know what the phrase “respectible genre fiction” meant.

My response was that, for People, that phrase was probably considered an oxymoron and that she should consider herself complimented.

Also, since she mentioned during our interview that January 1 was the date she was supposed to have decided whether her next book to be finished would be the medieval sequel to The Secret or a contemporary, I asked her what the decision had been.

She told me Pocket hasn’t been in touch with her so she’s continuing to work on both of them. She also indicated that there is a good chance Ramsey and Brodick’s stories would be told individually rather than together as a dual romance.

And, even though she didn’t ask, I told her my preference would be for her to write the medieval next. If she’s at all concerned about maintaining her readership, I explained, she should go back to what we love. If that one’s a hit, then it should be alright to introduce us to Julie Garwood, contemporary romance writer.

December 1, 1997 –

Connie Brockway ([email protected])
I’m delighted to write that I’ve just signed a new three book contract with Dell Publishing for a series of linked books. I can’t wait to dig in and start working. The books will be set in Scotland and England just prior to the beginning of the regency era and revolve around the family of a rich, demonic English aristocrat exiled to the Highlands for sins against society. I see each book as being tailored on the classic romance plots – the first being a guardian/ward with a distinct twist to it – with the intensity of All Through the Night but with more wit and verbal bandage and, of course, I’ll do my best to really explode with the romantic elements (sexual tension, passion, action, et al.)

I’ve been visiting your site and am, as usual, impressed with your hard work – which pays off with your many, many interesting articles. Do you ever sleep?

Connie’s Topic of Discussion on Context

October 23, 1997 –
Dara Joy, whom I originally interviewed this summer, is also a long time reader of Laurie’s News & Views and long time fan of Highlander: The Series. She read Issue #37 of my column and wrote in to share some good news and to respond to my take on my new favorite hero, Tyber Evans from High Energy.

Here’s what she wrote:

It’s official. Knight of a Trillion Stars has been re-issued and is available for order!

Thanks for the kudos on High Energy – I just got a chance to read your column and was very pleasantly surprised. Your analysis was terrific and you saw exactly what I was trying to do with the book in breaking away from traditional conflict between the characters that we see so much of – I wanted to write a story wherein the hero and heroine engaged in a love affair without angst and misunderstanding between them. Tyber, to me, was a man who embodied all of the great characteristics that I look for in a hero. I balanced him carefully between alpha and beta all the while retaining his unique flavor. At the time, the term gamma wasn’t coined, but it is an appropriate one for this hero. The conflict, as you said, was intra-character conflict in that Zanita (by the way that is a real name of someone I know – had to use it!) wasn’t sure she wanted to commit to a relationship due to her past life experiences regarding men. Tyber, a modern day pirate, decided he was going to ‘lay siege”. I had a great time writing this book and I’m always glad to make someone smile. Thank you again for your kind words of praise and for those who have asked. . . yes, I do intend to write a sequel but it won’t be for awhile due to other projects.

Find links to Dara Joy interviews and reviews from this Desert Isle Keeper Review of Rejar

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