Monday, 10 September 2012
Author Spotlight - Q&A with Janis Lane
JANIS: Contemporary Romantic Suspense GttDs is a sequel to "Sandpiper Affair." Heroine Abby is a wildlife photographer. Her love, Adam, is a large, wealthy park ranger she refers to as "…the handsomest man in the world." They're in the second stage of a romance where they must adjust to each other's idiosyncrasies and imperfections. (Now the work begins.) The story is nature based, set in middle Florida.
STEPH: How long did it take you to write?
JANIS: It takes me about a month to write a full length novel. Then I start editing. That takes another month or two, sometimes longer. Not sure I ever completely stop editing unless it is published.
STEPH: How much research did you have to do?
JANIS: For this one quite a bit. When I wrote "Sandpiper Affair" I already knew most of the nature- related material. For GttD I researched American cougars, the aquifer system in Fla. and then the kennel clubs and perhaps other facts as well.
STEPH: How does the cover reflect the story within?
JANIS: The Labrador on the front of the cover is the first cause of conflict between our besotted couple. He has been taken in supposedly temporarily, but his untrained behavior causes a disruption in the household. He is a loveable dog, but causes mischief when left alone. There is a surprise ending for him which changes the picture completely. It has a happy ending.
STEPH: Abby is the heroine. What are her strengths? Weakness?
JANIS: Abby is an independent, consummate career woman. She's had an interesting childhood and is privileged to work in her chosen profession. She is very hard working, almost a perfectionist, and independent to a fault. Her weakness is her own lack of self-confidence. She fears entering into a long term relationship with an alpha male like Adam will overwhelm her personality. She thinks she might be incapable of sustaining an intimate relationship.
STEPH: What does Adam find appealing about her?
JANIS: He thinks she's sexy. He admires all her strengths and is very patient with her weaknesses although he does not really understand them.
STEPH: What is the theme of the novel?
JANIS: Second stage of a romance where the work begins. It's a romantic suspense so there are murders and problems to solve. Danger lurks in the underbrush of Middle Florida
STEPH: As a writer, where do you draw inspiration from?
JANIS: From the things that I love and/or believe in. Nature, romance, loyalty, spirituality, history, the inherit good and evil of man. Research is a great part of it all as well.
STEPH: Do you have an ebook reader? Is so, which one?
JANIS: Nope, but I will soon. Probably a kindle.
STEPH: Favorite international cuisine?
JANIS: Italian, but Mexican would run a close second. Does Southern US count as a foreign cuisine?
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