Nevea Lane Interview

I am delighted to be speaking with author Nevea Lane today. Thanks for chatting with us today and welcome to FAR!

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am self-proclaimed Queen of the Eccentrics. To be my age, I have traveled a lot, read a lot, studied many different things, and ended up being a boring accountant; a woman must be able to fund her habits/or quirks. I have a definite vice for coffee, shoes, and a variety of leggings that you wouldn't believe. I like to sleep in on weekends, but my dogs won't let me. My dogs like coffee (they like a little teaspoon full in the morning), and my cat prefers tiramisu. I am not joking! I have been writing for a while, but I have just gotten enough guts to send out my manuscripts to be published.

What is your favorite part of a book to write?
My absolute favorite part is the climax. It makes my hands itch just thinking about penning the moment when everything becomes clear. I get excited for my own climax.(That sounded raunchy didn't it???)

What is the hardest part of bringing out a book? Surviving the editor? The last chapter?
Self-editing. For me, because I tend to write in first-person, it is striving to not write too much internal dialog. Sometimes you don't want to send something that looks like a bunch of thoughts or a diary. The editors that I have had thus far have been great and understanding.

Is it hard for you to balance your life as a writer? How do you manage it?
Yes, by day, I am quite the mover and shaker, client meetings, trips, you name it, I am glued to my Blackberry like you wouldn't believe. Yet, I also believe in work/life balance and when 6 PM rolls around, my daytime persona is gone, and in comes the nighttime me, with a glass of red wine…now I just need a cape…

Marked in Montana is currently out from Beautiful Trouble Publishing, can you tell us more about this story?
This story was so much fun to write. Sam is an out of work stock broker from Chicago. Her roommate and friend, Brittany, needs Sam to help her at Brittany's brother's ranch in Montana. Sam, in desperate need of vacation decides to go. She didn't realize that 'help' to Brittany meant parading around in a cowgirl outfit. On top of wearing the outfit, Sam must try to ignore her instant attraction to Brittany's older brother, Grant Stone.

What was your inspiration for Marked in Montana?
My personal travels. I had taken a vacation to Montana on a personal whim and feel in love with it. Although I am too much of a busybody to actually live there, it was great to take some time off and be relaxed in the Big Sky country.

Could you tell us what you're currently working on?
Actually I am working on a follow up to Marked in Montana. There was a brief glimpse of a ranchman named Chase in Marked… I think he deserves his own story.

What would we find on your bookshelf?
A lot of paranormal IR romance! I love shifters/weres/vampires. The fact that they come in an interracial flavor, that just makes it all the better. Yet, I also have a lot of historical/Regency romance as well. I am a big fan of Mary Balogh (especially her "Slightly" series) and Brenda Joyce is my all-time favorite. Yet, I have found that I read a lot of contemporary IR as well, I have Marilyn Lee, Marie Rochelle, Jeanie Johnson and Jayha Leigh, Eve Vaughn (Blood Brothers series…OMG can you say Dante Grimaldi was fine???) Reana Malori, Shara Azod (still waiting on the next installment of 1,001 Nights) but I have all of these books. Some of them I re-read when I find my imagination lacking.

How did you celebrate selling your first book?
I am still celebrating! Seriously though, I took the two people who know about my nighttime adventures and we went out and had a toast, or three.

How do you keep your ideas fresh and imaginative?
I think people watching is the best way to get new ideas. Have you ever been out and noticed a couple on that awkward first date? That is the real life stuff that keeps the juices flowing. As they say, life can be stranger than fiction.

What's one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
Know I just like to write. I am not doing it for profit, I just like doing writing down the absurd, the far-fetched, the funny, and seeing how it can work. You can even send me an idea and I will see if I can run with it.

What is the one thing you've always wanted to do but never had the courage / opportunity to try?
A marathon. I have always admired those runners for the dedication and the training they do, but I don't have the patience and plus, in the Midwest, you never know what kind of weather you are going to get.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Coffee, I will share a cup of coffee with anyone, just don't touch my biscotti! If you aren't a coffee drinker, I can drink all sorts of green tea and black tea, just as long as it is caffeinated!

Seriously though, I have a free read on my Wordpress site that the readers may enjoy, and another book on LuLu.com entitled "After Five", which was my first effort to get my name out there.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Nevea! Readers can learn more about Nevea and her books on her website at http://nevealane.wordpress.com/

Interviewed by: Tammy


Tammy