MBA&M AND RANDOM HOUSE PROUDLY PRESENTS….
HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR, SHARON CULLEN!!
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Sharon Cullen? I’m a wife of one, mother of three human children and two canine children. I’m addicted to makeup (eyeshadows and lip glosses are my particular vice). I’m in constant search of the best anti-wrinkle cream on the market. I write historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I don’t think there’s a romance genre I haven’t tried but my first love is historical romance.
MBA&M: What are 5 fun facts about Sharon Cullen readers may not know about yourself? Hmmm. That’s a trick question because I could get myself in trouble if I don’t watch myself. I worked in the amusement park business for 18 years. It’s a great way to spend your high school and college summers and I made some of my bestest friends there. People I’m still in contact with today. I hate heights. I see people zip lining and it makes me want to pass out. I don’t like walking on grates because I’m afraid they’re going to fall through when I step on it. My favorite place in the world is on a beach. Any beach.
MBA&M: Why do you enjoy writing historical romance and what do you feel the allure of historical romance is to readers today? I love, love, love writing historical romance because it’s such a romantic time. I love the gowns, the social etiquette. I love that there are no cell phones or iPods. I think readers like it because it takes them back to a place where chivalry was alive and well.
MBA&M: GIve our readers some insight into the research required to write an authentic historical romance? When I first start writing a new book, I research the historical time period I’m considering. For instance Lady Anne is about pirates so it had to take place during the golden age of piracy. However, I knew I wanted Lady Anne to be a series and I had somewhat of an idea of what the next book was going to be about and when it was going to happen so there was a fine balance of when it took place. When I’ve narrowed the time frame down, then I start researching the political climate of that era. Who was at war with who? What were the big, political issues of the day? What were the citizens of that country worrying about? As I’m researching all of this, my characters slowly take shape in my head. As I’m writing the book there’s more specific research that I get into.
MBA&M: Where did you draw your inspiration from in writing “The Notorious Lady Anne”? I’ve always been fascinated by pirates and years ago my husband (who is an avid reader) put a book in my hand called Under the Black Flag. It’s the most comprehensive book I’ve read about pirates and pirating. I was hooked. It’s not the romantic profession that the movies portray it to be. What I like about it, is that each ship it’s like it’s own little country. Piracy, believe it or not, is a democracy. Everyone gets a vote. Now the vote can be vetoed by the captain, but he (she) knows that to go against the majority could result in mutiny. Piracy was also a very lucrative career. Everything, down to the last shilling, was doled out and each pirate knew the exact amount they would get after each attack.
MBA&M: Which character in “The Notorious Lady Anne” was your favorite to write about and why? Lady Anne. She has so many layers. On the outside you see a rough woman pirate, hardened by the life she led both before and after she took up pirating. But underneath she’s like any other woman. She wants to find that one true love. She wants to settle down. She wants to feel loved.
MBA&M: 2013 is a new year, what do you hope to accomplish this year in your writing career and personally? 2013 is going to be a great year! Lady Anne releases and later in the year the second book, The Infamous Lord Blythe will release. I don’t have an exact date yet for Lord Blythe but I’m hoping sometime mid-year. I have two more ideas for this series that I’m hoping Loveswept will want to acquire.
MBA&M: Who are the authors you feel influenced your writing? Sharon Sala was a huge inspiration. When I first started writing twelve years ago I wanted to write stories like hers–packed with emotion. I wanted the emotion of the characters to drive the story forward. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series hooked me on historical romance.
MBA&M: If you could be a character in a novel,(any book,past or present) who would it be and why? This doesn’t even have anything to do with romance, but I would love to be Myron Bolitar’s secretary. Myron is the lead character in many of Harlan Coben’s books. I think it would so much fun to work for him.
Thank you,Sharon for visiting with us and our readers today.
Now, please tell our readers where to connect to Sharon Cullen, and where they can purchase a copy of “The Notorious Lady Anne”?
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-notorious-lady-anne-sharon-cullen/1112483048?ean=9780345540058
Random House: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/221561/the-notorious-lady-anne-by-sharon-cullen
THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE
- Publisher: Loveswept (February 11, 2013)
- Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00957T6IQ
Book Description(from Amazon)
Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride andferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is reyvealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.
Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Reluctant Countess, Wild Rain, and Silk on the Skin.
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