Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a Canadian author, actress, and singer who writes in a variety of genres and mediums. I've written 6 books, some of which are awaiting a final polish before being submitted to agents, but I've decided to self-publish my debut.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is THE WICKED STAGE, a very steamy contemporary romance about two Broadway co-stars falling in love while rehearsing for a sexy new musical. Being an actress myself, I drew a lot on my own experiences. As far as inspiration goes, I'd say this is my love letter to theater… and maybe a bit of an ode to some of the very, very sexy men of Broadway I've had the pleasure of watching perform.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes. I write query letters (cover letters to agents that can also serve as book blurbs) before I write the book itself. That way, I know if the story is marketable, how to focus on stakes and character motivation, and the areas I need to work on. I'm very much a plotter, and while it takes a bit longer, it works for me.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Far too many to mention, but it was Regina Kyle's "Triple Threat" and Lucy Parker's "Act Like It" (both of which I thoroughly enjoyed) that convinced me there's a market for theater romance, and it was time to "write what I know" for a bit.
What are you working on now?
On the romance front, I'm working on She's the Boss, about a diamond heiress/new CEO and the Alpha Male exec who expected her job; Ex-Rated, about a journalist who must date 3 exes to determine which she'll take on a free but couples-only luxury vacation; and an untitled Beauty and the Beast retelling.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
On my own, I'm joining up with email campaigns through sites like brazenbookshelf, which got THE WICKED STAGE into the Top 100 Free romance list, approaching book blogs, and promoting through twitter. I'm also working with a PR firm for an official launch campaign in mid-January – that's when the real fun starts.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write often, read even more, get feedback on your work, and have a plan. If you're going the traditional publishing route, use sites like agentqueryconnect and contests like pitmad, pitchmas, and their associated blogs to hone your pitch materials.
For the self-pub crowd, it's a bit different. If I could go back, I'd have made a 6-month timeline with an official budget, scheduling free promos and countdown deals far in advance to coincide with book launches through reputable PR sites specializing in romance, and soliciting reviews a lot further away from the release date.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Listen to yourself first.
What are you reading now?
At the moment, I've got my hands full with beta-reading for friends, but I have a long list of stuff I'm looking forward to reading in the New Year!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Focusing on THE WICKED STAGE, polishing my manuscripts, and gearing up for a year full of new writing adventures!
What is your favorite book of all time?
Jane Eyre – the ultimate anti-romantic romance about agency, equity, and respect, totally subverting the Cinderella-story trope. There's a reason it's a classic.
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Lauren Lamoureaux Website