In this day of social networking, it seems like everyone knows everything about everyone else. Visit Twitter, and you know what someone had for lunch. Visit Facebook, and you see all the pictures of their last birthday party. But I’ve managed to keep a few things to myself—including my embarrassing lunches—and now I’ll bare all and share them with you!
10. Lord and Lady Spy, my September release, is a Regency historical nod to the 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. This is not a secret. What most people don’t know is I didn’t want to see the film when it was released in theaters. I don’t like action films that much. I got the idea for Lord and Lady Spy after seeing a preview for the film on cable a few years after it came out. That’s when I finally watched the movie and why my book differs from the movie quite a bit.
9. I majored in opera my first year in college, and I have to know if my characters can carry a tune or not. I don’t always put it in my books, but I can’t write about a character if I don’t know how well they sing.
8. Sophia sings very well. She’s an alto. She, of course, can do just about anything (except fire a pistol). Adrian can do everything she can’t (including fire a pistol), but he sings woefully off-key.
7. I like to speak my dialogue aloud as I write. I use a horrible English accent that ensures I will never, ever make it as an audio book reader.
6. One of my favorite things about writing is it provides me an escape from the banalities of everyday life. I have a toddler I adore, but writing about spies is a welcome diversion after hours spent talking about Elmo.
5. Adrian, the hero of Lord and Lady Spy, has a secret spy library complete with a hidden panel and everything. I really want one of those.
4. Sophia, the heroine of Lord and Lady Spy, fears one reason her marriage is falling apart is because of multiple miscarriages. She’s been unable to produce an heir. I too suffered a miscarriage, and writing about Sophia’s struggles helped me to deal with my own pain from the loss of my baby.
3. I once had an author whose books I think are pretty sexy tell me she blushed reading one of my sex scenes. I think she might blush again when she reads Lord and Lady Spy.
2. Sophia’s name in Lord and Lady Spy was originally Bridget. My editor asked me to change it because Bridget wasn’t an aristocratic name at that time. I still think of her as Bridget, though. Adrian was always Adrian.
1. Lord and Lady Spy is my 10th book! Ten! I can hardly believe it. In case you don’t know, I’m so grateful to all of my readers for buying my books and allowing me to do what I love.
Okay, so now I’ve spilled all of my deep, dark secrets. Tell us something fun about you.
LORD AND LADY SPY BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2011
No man can outsmart him...Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England’s most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn’t the only one with secrets...
She’s been outsmarting him for years...Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he’s not who she thinks he is after all...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Shana Galen is the author of numerous fast-paced adventurous Regency historical romances, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold worldwide, including Japan, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the Netherlands, and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She’s a wife, a mother, and an expert multi-tasker. She loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.
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