Friday, 2 December 2016

Q&A with Nancy Gideon, author of Prince Of Honor

Now available from author Nancy Gideon is the paranormal romance Prince Of Honor, book one in the House of Terriot series.

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  The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a Q&A about her newest novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

Before I could write, I made up stories for the amusement of my sister when we didn't want to go to sleep. As a youth, I "embellished" the ordinary, boring truth to make an occasion more interesting. In school, my essays were so grandiose and wandering that I'd get an "A" without really knowing the answer. I can't NOT expand upon the obvious. Life is too short to be dull! I can't paint or make music, but I can do both with words!

What was your first book/story published?

My first publication was a fractured fairytale based on Cinderella in my elementary school paper when I was in 5th grade. I was hooked the minute I saw my name in print! My first published novels were in 1987, a Regency-set historical, SWEET TEMPEST written under the name Lauren Giddings and a swashbuckling romance PIRATE'S CAPTIVE written as Dana Ransom, both published by Zebra/Kensington and released in the same month! 60 books later, I now use my own name.

What inspired you to write PRINCE OF HONOR?

I love bad boys, and they don't get more deadly, damaged and delicious than the princes in the House of Terriot, a clan of thuggish warriors introduced in my "By Moonlight" series. Looking to enlarge my shape-shifter world, I gave their would-be king his own book in PRINCE OF SHADOWS and fell hard for the rowdy band of brothers who are prisoners of their own pride and isolation, so I just had to invite them into the "real" world to serve their clan, protect their king, and find females strong enough to tame them.

What character in PRINCE OF HONOR is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

All of my characters have stolen something from me. Kendra's strength, Cale's stubbornness, Sylvia's fears, James' fixations, Turow's dreams, Colin's pragmatism, even Fawn's bitchiness. They're the voices that speak to me at night and in the car during my drive to work. If I wasn't a writer, I'd probably be on medication!

What is your favorite part in PRINCE OF HONOR?

The verbal sparring! I love writing gritty action scenes and pouring on the heat between the covers, but give me a good, bitey, snarky repartee that makes you laugh out loud and I consider my job well done. There's some great dialog in PRINCE OF HONOR to balance out the angst and occasional darkness. I consider it a reader's reward for turning the pages.

What was the hardest part to write?

Making my heroine (a former villainess!) a sympathetic character! Readers will get on board with a bad bad boy reformed to a hero, but are not so generous in forgiving a bad girl who has seen the light. Sylvia Terriot is a complex creature with a twisting back story to explain why she's become that female you love to hate. Thankfully, my honorable prince of a hero sees right through her and has the Herculean task of convincing her of her own worth. Give a girl a break! She deserves one. (And she also has the best dialog!)

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Retired! Is that a career? I love my 9-to-5 as a legal assistant but am of an age where I have no plan to jump into anything new as far as a job. Writing has always been my only career. I wouldn't stop writing even if I never sold another book. I'll make that my retirement plan. Work from home and possibly get paid to enjoy it!

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I keep telling myself not to look, but like a car accident, I just can't help myself. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, and not everyone likes the same thing, that's a given. If a review offers a specific insight or suggestions for making a future work better, yes, I pay attention. But I have no tolerance for mean spiritedness and brush that stuff off. And hey, who doesn't need to see a rave review saying someone really "gets" your characters! They are SO appreciated!

What well-known writers do you admire most?

My favorite writers are Dean Koontz (my Go To guy for a great book!), J.D. Robb, Sandra Brown and Justin Cronin (for his post-Apocalyptic vampire series!). I'll pick up anything they write knowing I'll love it.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I just finished the first draft of PRINCE OF POWER, Colin's story, book two in the four book "House of Terriot" series. He is totally my new book boyfriend! I'm hoping for a late January release with a least one more (maaaaybe both) in the series out in 2017.

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About the Author: Nancy Gideon is the award-winning, bestselling author of over 60 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to dark paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays tossed into the mix, and is currently testing the “Hybrid Author” waters of self-publishing. When not at the keyboard, this Central Michigan writer feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin and fowl. She also has written under the pen names Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West and Lauren Giddings.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting my PRINCE OF HONOR blog tour,Billy, and for the great interview questions! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!


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