Q&A part 2: Lucy Monroe on how she writes (including what music inspires her!) March 7, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors.
Tags: Lucy Monroe, Moon Craving, scottish, werewolves
How does Lucy Monroe turn out so many good reads in different genres? Her most recent — MOON CRAVING — is the second in a series on Scottish werewolves. But she’s also known for her contemporary and historical romances, such as the Regency Langley Family Trilogy Touch Me/Tempt Me/Take Me. Or the fabulously popular The Billionaire’s Pregnant Mistress In all — she’s published about 50 novels. I asked Lucy to tell us how she writes, does she always know the endings of her stories, does she prefer boxers or briefs! Leave a comment below and we’ll pick a second winner for a copy of a signed MOON CRAVING book by Lucy. We’ll pick a random winner by the end of the week for each interview. So there’s still time to post! (CLICK HERE to read part 1 of the interview:)
Q. You write across many genres. Do you work on more than one project at the same time? And how do you switch from one genre to another? Isn’t that hard?
A. I don’t work on more than one project at once. I find that pretty much impossible. It *is* hard to jump from one type of writing to the next as the subgenres I write in are so very different. Doing this at the beginning of each new book is difficult enough, I can’t imaging adding the complication of trying to do it on a daily basis as I work on multiple projects. Besides, I feel each book deserves my full creative attention. That’s not to say I haven’t been forced to do revisions on one book while writing another, that’s the nature of the beast when writing for more than one publisher.
Q. Describe your writing workspace for us.
A. I have turned one of the bedrooms in my house into an office. (The room across the hall is my PA & Promotions Coordinator’s office.) It’s decorated in dark-cherry wood and my collection of paintings and statuary grace the walls and shelves as inspiration. My desk is mostly clean (I can’t abide clutter) and I work from two monitors so I can keep the Internet up while I’m editing. There’s a small bench and comfy chair under the window for my family to sit in when they visit me in my office (which is daily).
Q. You write full-time, yes? What’s a typical writing day like for you?
A. Yes, I am blessed to be able to write full-time. A typical day sees me at the computer early (not as early as Lori Foster – who I swear sleeps less than most newborns) answering email, checking my blog and Facebook, etc. About 10 a.m. I start writing. I keep it up until Hubcap comes home for lunch. We eat together. I go back to work and so does he. This is where it gets tricky. I try to put in a simple 8 hour day, but that’s rare. I’m lucky if I leave my office by dinner and don’t return to it after. This is my goal for the year – to get my writing down to *only* full-time.
Q. OK — write with music? If so — what inspires you?
A. Oh, absolutely! And pretty much everything but hard rock and techno (though I’ve been known to listen to my son’s techno a time or two when writing – just not often). I love classic rock from the 60s thru the 80s and jazz especially. I have compilations of “Feel Good” music, “Work” music and “Women Empowerment” music that I use for those times I need the songs to take me someplace specific. In fact, I love music so much, I paid the talented HipHop artists Bbk & Image to create a soundtrack for the release of WATCH OVER ME earlier this year. We negotiated two years worth of free downloads of the music for my readers. You can download it from the bottom of this page if you’d like: http://www.lucymonroe.com/FunStuff.htm
Q. Do you always know how your stories will play out before you write them or do some develop as you write? (This is for the many aspiring writers who always have the beginning of an idea but not the end …)
A. I was just discussing this with one of my editors. I very rarely know where a story will end up (except in an HEA) when I start it. Getting there is half the fun for me.
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. A preacher. A teacher. A televangelist. A senator. Oh, and I writed to write Christian romance some day. LOLOL I have done many things, but televangilizing? Not so much. And I’ve written a couple of inspirationals under the LC Monroe pseudonym, but my books are too sexy for the genre and I don’t mind that at all. I am where I am supposed to be.
Q. Who/what are you reading now?
A. Christine Feehan’s most recent Ghostwalker - had to wait until I finished my last book. So hard! She’s the most amazing writer and keeps me enthralled from page one to the very end.
Q. Fun/dopey question: Boxers or briefs?
A. Really depends … I like both. Hubcap has a rather large collection as I buy whatever I think will look good on him and he’s always willing to give them a try – for me. He even wore the boyshorts lycra swimsuit I bought him for Hawaii. He was hot! Though our kids pretended death by embarrassment – they’re adults now even! LOLOL
Q. What are you working on now? What’s up next for you?
A. Funny you should ask … I’m working on the next COTM book And I’m loving it already. My next release is THE SHY BRIDE from Harlequin Presents in July. I’m really jazzed about it as they’ve started including series romance in the USA Today bestsellers list. Here’s hoping!
Q. Anything else?
A. Just lots of hugs and many thanks! This has been FUN!!! Smooches! Lucy
OK — Now don’t forget to leave a comment, which enters you to win a free signed copy of Lucy’s MOON CRAVING!
In the meantime, you can connect with Lucy at these sites below. She’s also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lucymonroe.
And here is a list of other author interviews on the Paranormal Romance blog!
Alexandra Ivy – On her vampires and werewolves
Enid Wilson — What ‘Really Angelic’ author says when people don’t like her books
Gena Showalter — On her fave characters, books and Kresley Cole
Keri Arthur – On her Riley Jenson series and why it must end!
Christine Feehan — Drake Sisters and Dark Slayer
Alyson Noel — Her Immortals Series
Charlaine Harris — Her latest Sookie book and HBO’s TRUE BLOOD
Jennifer Lyon: BLOOD MAGIC
Shana Abe: THE TREASURE KEEPER
Susan Squires: TIME FOR ETERNITY
Linda O Johnston: ALPHA WOLF