Monday, October 22, 2012

A Contemptible Affection by Ranee S. Clark

Ranee has a new Regency out that I, ahem, got the chance to read before almost anyone. And I loved it. So now that it's available on Amazon, I snagged Ranee for an interview so you can learn more about her book and her.

Here's the cover:

Beautiful right? I really want that dress even though its pure whiteness would last all of two seconds in my house.

Ranee! I'm so happy to have you here on my blog. Tell us a little bit about your book.
A CONTEMPTIBLE AFFECTION is a Regency romance novella about an heiress who is spurned by her childhood sweetheart the season before, and now she's intent on staying very far away -- despite his intent to win her back.

Love childhood sweethearts. *sigh* Where did you get the idea from?
The idea came from a line in a Georgette Heyer novel. I can't remember the exact line, but I know the circumstances were that this young man had always intended to marry the heroine. They don't end up together, but of course, it got me thinking about what if ... and then Iris and Dersingham's story came to be and it ended up wildly different than I imagined.

Yes, that happens sometimes. It seems like characters can take on lives of their own. Are you an outliner or a pantser?
I used to be mostly a pantser -- I'd have four or five plot points to work towards and would know the ending. But, as I've grown as a writer, I realize now that doesn't work. My early stuff lacks good pace and I'm ending up having to go back and rearrange stuff, which is such a pain. So now I'm definitely more of an outliner.

I know you are a mom, too. When do you find time to write?
Right now I'm lucky enough to have a 4yo at home who still naps about three hours every day, so that's when I do most of my writing. I also have my desk in the kitchen, so if he's occupied during the day, I'll snatch 10 to 20 minutes of writing time. I know it's not ideal, but it works for me. Evenings are for my family and my husband, so for now, I don't write at night. And if I got up at 5 am to write, so would my 4yo, which would make for a CRAZY day! I know someday that will have to change, but for now, where I am in my writing, it works.

Naps. LOVE naps. Do you have a favorite book about writing?
I don't read a lot of writing books -- perhaps I should! So, no, I don't have a favorite.

What is the best advice you can give authors?
The best advice actually comes from my editing life rather than my writing life (but a little of both, since I can see both sides now). First, find a critique partner you trust. Second, trust them. One of the things that I see a lot is me asking a question in an MS and the writer explaining to me why they don't need to clarify. Nine times out of ten, if the question is being asked, you're not getting the point across you thought you were. So when your CP's and readers ask about something you think is obvious, go back and take a good hard look at it. I had to do that with your (Kaylee's) questions when you did the crit on A CONTEMPTIBLE AFFECTION, as well as with what other readers thought. 

It was fun critiquing for you. Do you have any projects you're working on now you'd like to tease us with? 
Right now I'm working on something totally different for me and also very fun. It's a contemporary LDS romance about a famous college football player (Think Jimmer Ferdette, but football) and the girl who goes to great lengths to win him over. I really like it, but I've just started revisions, so who knows how long that will last!

That sounds so good. Thanks for stopping by.

Here are a few places you can catch up with Ranee:

And you can buy A Contemptible Affection at Amazon and Smashwords.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tag! The Next Big Thing

What is the working title of your book?
Six Days of Christmas

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I knew that I wanted to write a Christmas book and I was brainstorming with my husband about ideas. After I tossed out his zombie apocalypse idea (and the twisted love story idea where main character snaps and kills everyone in the end—so romantic that husband of mine) I somehow stumbled on the idea of a family that celebrates different Christmas traditions from around the world in the week before Christmas.

What genre does your book fall under?
Romantic comedy

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’ve got to be honest here… I can only think of Disney people since that’s what my kids watch…

Natalie: Bridget Mendler in her twenties
Jimmy: A just-woke-up Zach Effron

What is the one two-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Will your book be self-published or repped by an agency?
I am self-publishing it with the always fabulous Jolene Perry and Rachael Anderson. It will be in a Christmas collection called All I Want.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Three weeks. (It’s about 25K words.)

Opening sentence:
Natalie Ekins flicked one of the bright colored Magneto Blocks she had spread across the floor. How could so much of her future depend on a toy?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Rachael approached me and Jolene about a year ago with the idea of writing a book together—and in the spring we decided to write Christmas stories. It was so much fun writing about cold weather, Christmas traditions, hot chocolate, and fires when it was over a hundred degrees outside.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
 Jolene and Rachael also wrote really great stories for All I Want that I can't wait for everyone to read.

Jolene's is called Pretty Near Perfect and it's an awesome combination of awkward moments and sweet love story as Nora spends the holidays with her deceased fiance's parents, but starts to fall for their handsome, intellectual (and, yes, awkward) house guest.

Rachael's is Twist of Fate and it's so much fun and hilarious. Tyler's been in love with his neighbor, Kenzie, for a while. Problem? She's engaged to someone else. When he accidentally receives a postcard for Kenzie from her fiancé calling off the wedding, he decides to wait to give it to her until after Christmas--and maybe he can get her to notice him as more than just a friend.

Check it out on Goodreads or add it to your read list here.

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