Today I take great pleasure in hosting an exciting new author, January George. January is talking about her writing and her novel, The Storm and the Sea.
• January, can you give me an overview of the novel?
The Storm and the Sea is my contribution to the box set, Lawbreakers. Adrianne Broussard is desperate to get out to a remote location in the Louisiana Bayou, but due to an impending storm, no one will take her, until she meets Ronan Doyle, who agrees to take her, so he can get his boat out of hock. But when they are stranded in the Bayou, Adrianne’s story starts to unravel. As their relationship blossoms, can it withstand secrets, lies and a decades old art heist?
• What inspired you to write it?
Oddly enough I was inspired by the Disney movie, Frozen, which I watch a lot because I have a three-year-old. I liked the idea of two strangers being stranded somewhere inhospitable, and how quickly they are bonded.
• What did you most enjoy about writing this particular novel?
It was fun to work with the other authors in the collection. I’ve long been afraid of putting my writing out there, but everyone was so supportive and encouraging. It was good to have a hard deadline because I tend to edit things to death.
• What did you least enjoy about writing it?
It took me a while to get the plot worked out and with the aforementioned hard deadline there was a few panicked patches.
• Did you find at any time a character took over the writing and the scene/chapter ended up different to what you intended or expected?
Oh absolutely! If I went back to my original discovery draft, the characters are completely different, and a lot of that unfurled on its own. It takes me a long time to distil my original idea into something coherent and usually by the time I’ve got that, the characters do whatever they want.
• Were you influenced by any other authors, or particular novels?
Not any books, definitely some music and movies. I wish I had more time to read to be inspired!
• Did you have to do much research?
I used my own travel experience for the setting, but I did have to research survival techniques for the Bayou. A lot of trees and bugs and native species of predators in the Bayou. Oh, and alligators. Also, I studied up on some real art heists.
• How long did the novel take you to write?
I started this book in October of last year. The bulk of it I wrote during NaNoWriMo in November, but I ended up having to cut and rewrite a ton of it. I was very down to the wire on this one!
• Is the novel stand alone or part of a series?
It’s a standalone. I’m not much of a series writer, although my current WIP has series potential so that might change.
• Do you write in any other genre?
I would love to write mystery, but I can’t plot them out, maybe someday. I used to write horror and a lot of short stories, but I’m strictly a romance girl for now.
• What have you had published prior to this?
Nothing!! (Insert terror face) I actually have a short that’s available on instafreebie https://instafreebie.com/free/jl3uK but other than that, nothing. So, I’m a little nervous.
• Do you write using a computer, pen and paper, or a mixture of the two?
I write on the computer. At the very end I print out a hard copy and write notes with a red pen, the hard copy helps me to pick up errors.
• Do you work from an outline or just kick off the story and see what happens?
I usually have an idea of what’s going to happen, it generally changes several times, but I have the major plot points in my head. I’ve found discovery drafts to work really well for me.
• Are you a disciplined writer, writing to a routine? Or do you write when the mood or inspiration takes you?
I could be more disciplined. I spend a lot of time feeling guilty for not writing! I’ve gotten better at setting schedules, but it’s hard with a job and a family to really stick to it. Anytime I carve out time to write, it somehow gets interrupted lol!
• Do you write in total peace and quiet, in isolation? Or do you prefer noise, perhaps music, and company?
I do best alone and quiet or with music. The TV and people distract me too much.
• Apart from writing what interests, hobbies, do you have?
I love to cook and bake, I’m a big reader, love movies. I like hiking and kayaking, time outside, museums, stuff like that.
• Are your family and friends interested in and supportive of your writing?
They are. I need to make writing more of a priority, I push it back a lot and am working on making it more like a job and less like a hobby.
• Could anybody recognise themselves in this novel?
Nope. I really don’t base the characters on real people.
• What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
• Who do you most admire in the whole world?
I really admire people who go for things, whatever they may be, with confidence. I’m working on that!
So there you have it folks. Thank you for giving us an in sight into your writing, January.
Thanks for having me, Peter!
And now for a little about the book.
Tag Line: A multimillion dollar art heist. A mysterious mastermind. A woman hell-bent on revenge.
After an impulsive decision lands her in hot water, Adrianne Broussard is desperate to get to the far reaches of the Louisiana Bayou to make things right. But a tropical storm is barreling up the gulf and she can’t find anyone willing to take her.
When Ronan Doyle’s fishing boat is locked up by a shady dock owner, he’ll do just about anything to get it back, even take a mysterious blond out in the middle of a storm.
But when they’re left stranded in the unforgiving swamp, and their secrets start to unravel, will they find the strength to trust each other, even if it puts them on opposite sides of the law?
“I would kill someone for French fries,” Adrianne groaned, letting her head fall back and exposing the long column of her throat. Even mud splattered, soaking wet and covered in scratches, she was beautiful. Elegant enough he could imagine her in a silky dress and heels. Her enticing neck surrounded by pearls. She didn’t belong out here, muddy and bleeding. He allowed himself the fantasy for just a second, the image of him closing the distance, holding her head back so he could taste her skin, feel the flutter of her pulse quicken as his lips brushed along the cords.
Her tongue darted out, slacking a layer of moisture across her lower lip. “I’m sorry, about before. I was rude. I’m worried about my dad…”
Ronan shook his head. “It’s fine.” The lie snapped him back to the present. No matter how tempting she was, he wasn’t going to touch her. “Come on, let’s keep moving.”
January George has been writing since she was a child but fell in love with happily ever after while traveling through Europe at thirteen when she ran out of books and discovered Harlequin. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband and children.
BUY Link: https://goo.gl/om4fcy
End of post:
Grace’s Turmoil by Peter Perrin. Romance with mature characters.