Please welcome Linda Warren to the Hot Pink Typewriter. We're thrilled to have her.
Linda is the author of 31 books for Harlequin SuperRomance and Harlequin American. She’s a two-time RITA nominee who pens award winning romances with happily ever after’s.
Congratulations on your nomination for the 2012 RITA Series Contemporary. Could you tell us a little about the nominated story?
The Texan’s Bride is the second book in The Hardin Boys trilogy for SuperRomance. The story is a marriage of convenience between two strong-willed protagonists who know exactly what they want in life and are determined to get it. The hero is a hardnosed business man set on owning an oil company. The heroine can make his dream come true, but she wants a baby. So they make a deal. When she becomes pregnant, everything changes. Their emotions become involved and they have to reevaluate their goals and their lives.
This book is probably the most emotional book I’ve ever written. By the end of the book, both characters have gone through tremendous change and realize what’s really important in life.
It’s unbelievable!!! Getting the Rita call is right up there with getting “The Call”. I blubbered thank you about ten times. I didn’t hear much after, “Congratulations, your book is a finalist for the Rita.” My brain shut down. It’s such a euphoric shock. After hanging up, I cried both times. Being recognized by my peers is an emotional high unequaled by anything in my writing career.
Then the anticipation starts, getting a decent photo and press info to the RWA office, mailing extra books for final round judging, planning details for the conference, figuring out what to wear to the parties, the rehearsal and the big ceremony. I’m so honored and excited to be apart of it.
Not yet, but I have it narrowed down. I’m considering a black and white outfit (has a beaded top that’s nice) or teal and black. The teal has a bolero with ruffles. Not to crazy about that. Then there’s this purple outfit that’s sparkly and bright. I like it, but it may be too loud for me. So, no, haven’t made up my mind. <grimace>
You write for both Harlequin SuperRomance and Harlequin American that must keep you busy, can you tell us how you balance your writing with the rest of your life? Do you have a regular schedule? Any quirks?
What life? <smile> Sometimes it feels that way. Writing for two lines keeps me busy, as you mentioned. I’m up at six and have breakfast with the hubby, read the paper and then do my exercise routine. My mornings I spend answering and reading emails, writing a blog if I have one scheduled, paying bills, taking care of mailings and generally clearing my desk of to-do things before I start writing. I have lunch with the hubby and my writing day starts at one. I work until about five and then it’s dinner and husband time. I’m usually back at my computer about seven and quit about ten, if I can. That’s during the week. Weekends are family time, but I try to sneak writing in, especially if I’m behind on a deadline. If I’m really behind, bills, emails and everything else waits and I write in the mornings. But those are long. long days.
Quirk: I have to have absolute quiet to write.
Everywhere. Movies, TV, newspapers, and everyday life. The first book I sold I took from an article in the newspaper. A newborn baby girl had been left in a basket on someone’s doorstep. The authorities were trying to figure out who the baby was and why she was left at that particular house. I watched the paper every day and nothing else was ever mentioned about the baby. The story fueled my imagination and I created a life for the adult Jane Doe, including a handsome hero and lots of conflict. The story became The Truth About Jane Doe for SuperRomance Jan 2000.
The old tried and true - Never give up. Study the line you want to write for, especially the releases by new authors to see what editors are buying.
Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming comes out in Dec 2012. It’s book six of a continuity series, Harts of the Rodeo, for Harlequin American. I then have a trilogy for SuperRomance, which I’m working on now. No titles yet. After that, I have another Harlequin American. And then I’m going to take a nap.
It was a pleasure. Thanks for asking me.
2012 Rita Finalist for Contemporary Series Romance!
The Texan’s Bride
Harlequin Super Romance
When love’s a business arrangement…
Sheltered her entire life, Jessie Murdock has rarely gotten her way. Until her dying father makes a deal with Cadde Hardin. Cadde will get shares of Shilah Oil on one condition: marry Jessie. In love with him for years, Jessie doesn’t hesitate to sign the papers. But she didn’t sign up for a completely absent husband.
Now Jessie has a counter offer. She’ll give Cadde controlling interest of the business if he’ll give her a baby: …the natural way. Only he has a few caveats of his own. When life refuses to follow their written plan, Jesse and Cadde have to decide which is more important: their unspoken love or the family business.