Alanna Lucas & Friends (Multi-Author Interview)
Alanna Lucas & Friends
January 12, 2016
Please tell us a little about yourself, the romance subgenre(s) in which you write, and your newest book.
I’m USA Today Bestselling author Julie Johnstone joined by my writing pals, the bestselling, award-winning authors Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane. We’ve just released this delightful limited edition set, Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss, containing eight tantalizing kiss-and-tell stories. Meet dashing, wildly charming rogues, spies, pirates, rakes and their extraordinary, intrepid heroines as we whisk you along on sweet to sizzling romantic romps in these wickedly entertaining historical romances.
You have the chance to date either Mr. Darcy (from Pride & Prejudice) or Sherlock Holmes. Which one would you choose and why?
Jillian Chantal: Sherlock Holmes. He’s brilliant and I’d love the chance to engage him in conversation. AND he would be a huge asset for book research as he has so much knowledge that he uses in his own work. He’s like the 19thcentury version of Wikipedia. He would be an awesome partner to take to trivia night, too.
Lauren Smith: I would definitely choose Darcy. While Holmes is undoubtedly sexy, he’s got his head in the clouds when it comes to his crime solving and I think he’d be too absentminded for romance, whereas Darcy, every action he does is to prove to Elizabeth he loves her by helping her and her family even when he thinks he stands no chance of winning her heart.
Some people love them, some hate them. What’s your stance on alpha heroes?
Katherine Bone: Alpha heroes are intensely driven to protect loved ones at any cost, even at the expense of everything they hold dear. Discovering the chink in their armor that enables a heroine to love them is the greatest adventure!
Samantha Grace: It depends on who’s providing the definition of alpha hero. Some people seem to think alpha is synonymous with jerk. I don’t like jerk heroes. I don’t think they deserve HEAs. I do like the take charge, protective hero who respects women. If they mistreat their women, they are not heroes – alpha or otherwise.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
Alanna Lucas: Besides researching history, one of my favorite parts of writing is being able to share my stories with readers.
Julie Johnstone: Watching the story come alive and discovering things I never contemplated would happen. I love when I’m writing and my characters tell me what is going to happen next! I also love when fans write to me and tell me how much they loved my books. It’s wonderful to know I have brought somebody happiness!
What’s the most exotic setting you’ve chosen for one of your stories and why did you choose it?
Collette Cameron: I’m not sure it qualifies as exotic, but I do think Scotland is very romantic. I’ve had several stories set, at least partially there.
There’s something about a man in kilt…
Victoria Vane: Post WWI French Algeria, which is the setting for The Sheik Retold. The original sheik story by E.M. Hull is incredibly atmospheric, so I just continued to build on that. It was so much fun to explore the culture (a mix of Arabic and French) as well as the era. I research the food, the customs and even the popular music of the time, as it all played a part in the story. It truly is a romantic escape read.
JULIE JOHNSTONE is an USA TODAY best-selling author who’s living the dream creating worlds from her imagination. When not writing, she’s chasing her precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising.
KATHERINE BONE – is an Amazon #1 best-selling Historical Romance Author who writes about Rogues, Rebels & Rakes, aka Pirates, Lords, Captains, Duty, Honor, & Country & the happily-ever-afters every alpha male & damsel deserve.
COLLETTE CAMERON – is an Amazon #1 best-selling and award-winning Historical Romance Author who makes her home in Oregon with her husband & five mini-dachshunds. You’ll always find animals, quirky–sometimes naughty–humor, & a dash of inspiration in her novels.
JILLIAN CHANTAL – is a 2015 RONE Finalist who loves her little slice of paradise on the gulf coast, a place that reminds Jillian daily that even though she loves the past, she needs the present. Air conditioning is vital for her survival.
SAMANTHA GRACE – is an Amazon best-Selling, RITA-nominated Historical Romance Author who enjoys creating happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.
ALANNA LUCAS – is an Amazon best-selling author who believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration. Alanna is always dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time w/family, & staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.
LAUREN SMITH- is an Amazon best-selling, award winning author who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives w/her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat, & dapper little schnauzer.
VICTORIA VANE – is an Amazon #1 bestselling and Award-Winning author of over twenty smart and sexy romances. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida w/her husband, two sons, a little black dog, & an Arabian horse.
Find the anthology on
After Forever by Julie Johnstone
Lady Julia is hired to turn a rogue into a gentleman and receives lessons in love and desire.
The Pirate’s Duchess by Katherine Bone
A duke masquerading as a pirate to “rob from the rich and give to the poor” sheds his darkest-kept secrets to keep from losing the duchess his wife has become.
Her Scandalous Wish by Collette Cameron
A marriage offer obligated by duty . . . an acceptance compelled by desperation.
Milady and Her Spy by Jillian Chantal
A lady, a spy, a traitor… a battle of wills.
Kissed By a Scottish Rogue by Samantha Grace
Scottish land steward Fergus McTaggert calls a temporary truce with his employer’s companion only to discover their passionate battles have been masking their hidden desires.
Stolen Kisses from the Viscount by Alanna Lucas
A rake, an heiress, and stolen kisses…this seduction could be his last.
Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith
Gemma never planned on falling in love with her childhood sweetheart’s best friend, Jasper, when he returns home, but she can’t resist the naval officer’s brooding charm.
The Redemption of Julian Price by Victoria Vane
She gave him a chance to bury his past… but the price would be his heart…
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