Thanks so much for hosting me today!

MBA&M: What influenced you to write stories during the Regency era in England,about spies and romantic thrillers?

When I started reading romances, I loved books set during the Regency period. It was such an interesting time because of the Peninsular Wars and the fact that George III, who had been so instrumental in the war against the United States, was incapacitated due to mental illness. His son, Prince George, was not well liked and was given to extreme excess. At the same time, the rules of the era were rather strict. Women had to protect their reputations and men protected their honor. The whole era is full of intriguing juxtapositions, which makes it an interesting time to write about.

I’ve always enjoyed writing books with a great deal of action, and since England was at war for most of the Regency, spies fit perfectly into the Regency world. I always enjoy books with big plots, and I love writing stories where the characters have to deal with more than who will marry whom or whether a reputation is ruined. I like to throw in a plot to assassinate the regent or the like to keep things interesting.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite author as an inspiring author? AND what was the first book you remember reading as a child?

My favorite historical author was and still is Marsha Canham. I love the richness of her books and the depth of her research. She’s also an author who writes very adventurous books, and that was an inspiration to me as well.

The first book I remember reading as a child was The Black Stallion. I spent most of a week of vacation by the lake with my nose buried in that book.

MBA&M: What would you like to most change in the world today?
I would like to change the way animals are used for food and entertainment. I’d eliminate factory farming and the cruelties associated with it, and I would get rid of circuses and places like SeaWorld. Our society is judged by the way we treat the weak and defenseless—animals, children, the elderly. I always advocate for a kinder world.

MBA&M: What is some of your favorite moments or most memorable moments, as an inspiring author, and your road to publication?

The most memorable moment had to be the day I decided to quit. I was down because I’d received yet another rejection, and I didn’t think I would ever be published. I was working so hard at publication and giving up so much, and it didn’t seem worth it. Later that day I got a call from a contest coordinator that I’d finaled in a contest. It seemed like a sign to keep writing, and I’m so glad I did.

MBA&M: Which author(s), if any, do you feel inspired your the most in your writing career? Why?

I’d have to say Julie Garwood. Her historicals are some of my favorite books ever. I love her humor and her heroes and the way she ends every chapter so you can’t help but turn the page. Now that I’m published I’m inspired all the time. Whenever I read a good book, it inspires me to make my writing better.


How fascinating! Thank you so much for spending a few moments of your time with us and our readers today! I love your historicals!!



LoveAndLetSpyHer name is Bonde, Jane Bonde…
A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love…until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife…
Talk, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.


Color Shana Galen H-R-2118Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full-time. She lives in Houston, Texas .

Visit her at: shanagalen.com

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47 Replies to “Q&A WITH SHANA GALEN~Author of LOVE AND LET SPY…with #Giveway”

  1. I had not heard of Marsha Canham before, but I went to her website and now I'm going to check some of her books out! Thanks!

  2. I am so glad to said Marsha Canham. She doesn't get enough recognition for the great books she's written. Also Julie Garwood's historicals are fabulous reads. I have enjoyed your stories too and have collected them on my Keeper shelf.

    1. She isn't someone I see a lot of people mention as one of their favorite authors. I don't know why because she's amazing.

  3. Nice interview and post. I haven't read very much historical fiction &/or romance, so I'm kind of looking for a place to start. Thanks!

  4. Getting back up when you're at your most discouraged is a difficult thing. As you have experienced, an encouraging word can make all the difference. I'm so glad you didn't give up on your dreams.

    1. I just love her historicals, I was able to meet her at a convention in 2012, and I was shaking with nerves.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. I like Marsha Canham's books, too. I just picked up one of her oldies that's been reissued as an ebook.

  6. Wow, I love animals and Sea world but to think to have that changed and eliminated just makes me feel, sad. All the history behind circus and the use of animals is horrible but to think about it not being here is just kind of hard. But knowing you Shana, you’ll do anything in your power to save the animals. You go girl! 🙂

    1. I'm sort of an idealist, Ki. It may not happen within my lifetime, but I think it's important to speak up when I think something isn't right. I know not everyone agrees with me, but I also think that's okay. I love friendly discussions 🙂

  7. I love this series and I'm really looking forward to Love and Let Spy. I've enjoyed reading your books for quite some time Shana and I know I'm going to have a fun and enjoyable read whenever I pick up one of your stories.

  8. I just picked up a used copy of "Blackthorne's Bride to see how I enjoyed your writing style – now have 2 others that I'll be getting into soon. Problem is I like to have a complete set before starting a series … this one would add nicely. Thanks for the interesting interview!

  9. I absolutely adore anything that Shana writes. I really love her "Spy" stories. Love the cover, and the beautiful couple gracing it. Thank you for the chance to win.

  10. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, big fan of Shana's and really looking forward to reading Love and Let Spy!

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