This Friday romance writer, LaConnie Taylor-Jones, joins me for 9 questions. Last year I reviewed When a Man Loves a Woman, here. You can visit her website at http://www.laconnietaylorjones.com/index.htm
LaConnie is a wife, mother of four, health educator, and author. Somehow she found the time to fit in these 9 questions :) Thank you, LaConnie!
1. When you wrote your first book, When I’m With You, did you know you would continue to write about the Baptiste family? Did you have future stories in mind for these characters?
Yes, I actually knew from the beginning that there would be at least four stories from the Baptiste Family. Since I’ve introduced them to readers, they’ve been well received and many readers have requested stories from some of the secondary characters. Only time will tell if this will happen.
2. I love a great romance, but sometimes the genre gets a bad rap. What is the most memorable reaction you have received when you told someone you are a romance writer?
First let me say, I ditto your sentiments. I love romance, too, both as a reader and a writer. A romance novel has the same characteristics as any other novel, except it centers on the love between two people, and provides an optimistic ending. The read is fresh, smart, and diverse.
The most memorable reaction occurred in late 2007 when I stood face-to-face with a person I’d recently met at a small gathering. After a few moments of polite introductory exchange, I casually mentioned that I’d recently published my debut novel.
“Oooh, so how exciting,” the person exclaimed.
With a smile, I nodded and said, “Yes, it certainly is.”
“So, tell me, what do you write?”
There are no words in the English language to truly describe the flabbergasted expression on that individual’s face the moment I uttered those last two words.
3. I think it is hard to walk the fine line between too little and too much sex in a romance, but you did a great job in When a Man Loves a Woman. How difficult is it to know how much to put in and when to stop?
The answer to that question comes with an author truly understanding the genre they are writing in. If for example, an author is writing erotic, then it would include more sex scenes than a traditional romance. Most of my books hover between 300-310 pages and I usually include no more than three love scenes.
4. What is the best writing advice you have ever received?
The best writing advice came from my author mentor, Beverly Jenkins. She wisely said, “The only control you have is the story you write, so write the best darn story you can.”
5. What was your favorite childhood book?
Actually, there are two: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger.
6. I love quotes. Do you have a favorite quote or motto?
“Reach beyond the break.”
7. What are you reading right now?
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
8. If you got stuck in the life of one fictional character, who would you choose?
Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind. Despite her faults, this character showed a tenacity to succeed and perseverance to overcome the most difficult of situations.
9. And finally, what are you working on right now?
Currently, I’m working on the plot for an upcoming romantic suspense series.
Books by LaConnie- When I’m With You, When a Man Loves a Woman