Gayle's Alter Ego
When is the next book coming out?
What book are you working
Where do you get your
How long does it take you
to write a book?
Who comes up with the
titles for your books?
How are the books
Will you ever write
How long did it take you
to get published?
How did you start writing
Do you have any writing
When you're not writing,
what do you do?
So what pets do you have?
have any other questions, just let me know!
is the next book coming out?
The next book is the second in my
Victorian trilogy called "Brides of Redemption.". Here's my trilogy explanation: "What happens when
three soldiers who need to be redeemed meet three women who need to
marry?" CLAIMING THE EARL (working title) will be published in summer, 2013. The Earl of Knightsbridge leaves the army to find the widow of a fellow soldier,
only to find that helping her has complications... You
can also read
the medievals I'm writing under the name Julia Latham. Sin and Surrender is my most recent release. For something new and different, I'm writing contemporary romance as Emma Cane. My first title in the Valentine Valley series, A Town Called Valentine, was published in February 2012.
book are you working on now?
I'm writing the third Emma Cane "Valentine Valley" book, and plotting the third book in my "Brides of Redemption"
Victorian trilogy about three ex-soldiers with a secret sin from which
they must be redeemed.
do you get your ideas?
Sometimes an interesting piece of historical research just
makes me think, "Aha!" like when I wrote my second trilogy set during
the Spanish Armada (His
Betrothed, His Scandal,
I imagined a Spanish sailor washing up on English shores when
Armada broke up, then I decided to make him a double agent, so he's
really British not Spanish...and it went from there. I came
with the trilogy idea for "The Sisters of Willow Pond" (The Lord Next Door, The Duke In Disguise, The Viscount In Her Bedroom)
because I really
wanted to write a governess story and a lady's companion story.
Of course, there has to be a reason that our heroines would
to work these jobs, so...they're penniless. Then I ask why,
the questions just start coming. Then they had to have a
sister, because I love to write trilogies. I didn't want the
third heroine to work, so she's the one who has to find a husband, fast.
long does it take you to write a book?
Three to four
months--depending on how
fast my publisher wants it! Since I write as two (and sometimes three!) people, I have
2-3 books out a year.
comes up with the titles for your books?
Me or my publisher--or my husband! I'm nine out of nineteen at this point. I came up with The Darkest Knight, My Lady's Guardian, His Scandal, His Bride, A Woman's Innocence,
Next Door, The Duke In Disguise,
Never Dare a Duke
and In Pursuit
of a Scandalous Lady. My editors came up with A Knight's Vow, His Betrothed, No Ordinary Groom,
The Beauty and the Spy, Never Trust a
Scoundrel, A Most Scandalous Engagement, and Every Scandalous Secret. We'll have to split the credit for a couple
titles. I was going to call it The Baron in Her
Bedroom, and my editor liked The Viscount
in Her Bedroom. She thought it sounded
sexier! You just have to find what sells, and often the
publishers know best! Also Never Marry a Stranger
was discovered brainstorming with my editor AND my agent. Return of the Viscount--we threw around so many titles, and combined them all!
are the books connected?
I wrote a special page on this. Click here.
you ever write another medieval?
Gayle has been writing
Victorians, while my pseudonym, Julia
wrote medievals. Alas, the market for medievals is small, so I'll no
longer be writing them regularly. I'm hoping to write some new titles
one of these days...
long did it take you to get published?
Thirteen years! Yes, I know, it's a long time.
My third complete book, The
Darkest Knight, was the one that sold. The first
two books will stay in their boxes. I learned so much about
writing from them! Most of us have to practice before we
sell. And I wasn't writing full time through these thirteen
years. When something wasn't working, I just used to put it
aside for weeks or months at a time. Now I only have the
luxury of a day or two to angst, then I darn well better figure out the
did you start writing romance?
Because I loved to read them, of course!
In high school, a friend brought Kathleen Woodiwiss's Shanna
to a slumber party, and while the rest of the girls slept, I read all
night long. Before that, I read science fiction, but once I
found historical romance, I never looked back. Since I'd been
writing science fiction stories about teenagers for a few years by
then, it was just natural for me to start trying my hand at historical
romance. But it wasn't until I was married, with babies who
napped, that I decided that if I really wanted to be published, it was
time to start. When I was in the middle of my second
manuscript, I found Romance
Writers of America and our local chapter The
Romance Writers. I never would have been published
without the advice and support of my fellow writers.
you have any writing tips?
If you want to write, find a writers' group to
join. I found The
Central NY Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America,
both of which taught me so much! Through these groups, I took
classes, attended conferences, had individual appointments with editors
and agents. I met my agent at a conference that my own
chapter put on. But the most important thing you must do is
write. Don't wait for that "perfect" moment, or for when
you're done with your research (I did that for a YEAR before a friend
finally said, "Shouldn't you just start to write?"). Putting
your butt in the chair every day keeps you in the world of your story,
and makes your ideas flow. Even if you can only sneak in one
hour a day to write one page, that's an entire first draft by the time
a year is done. You can do it!
you're not writing, what do you do?
Some of what I like to do is listed on my Fun Stuff page.
I've also rediscovered my love of crocheting, when those
scarves became big a couple years ago. Since then, I've
crocheted afghans, table runners, and even baby
We've decided to try camping more, although we only managed a couple
times last summer. I was away too much! I'd
like to travel
more and read more
I have a daughter in grad school in VA, a son in Aspen CO, and my youngest
child is in
what pets do you have?
When my son still lived at home, our house used
to be a menagerie. We had gerbils (and lots of babies!!),
tiger salamanders, geckos, and poison dart frogs--I'm sure I'm
forgetting something. But now we have Apollo, our first
dog, whom we've had for nine years. He's a lab/boxer mix, who keeps me healthy because
God forbid it be one o'clock and we haven't walked yet. He
follows me around the house pathetically, giving me that wide-eyed
alert look as if to say, "Don't you get it? We're supposed to
WALK!" He loves to lie around on the furniture, all 80 pounds
of him. He props his head on pillows where ever he can find
giving the "questioning" look.
And we've added Uma to the family. You
know it from this photo, but she's half the size of Apollo. She's an Alaskan Husky,
so sweet and dear. But very hairy!
Thank goodness they get along so well together.
Apollo and his favorite
playmate Higgins--Higgins wants to rest, but Apollo wants to keep
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