Launch week is always an exciting and odd time for a writer. Since there’s usually quite a bit of lag from the day you turn in your manuscript (October of 2009 for me) until the time book actually hits bookstores, it’s a little like giving birth then seeing your baby come walking through the door wearing his fraternity sweatshirt. You’re amazed everything’s turned out okay, but a part of you hopes he doesn’t ask too many questions about what his favorite foods were. I thoroughly confused a fan at an event two weeks ago when she asked where the omnipresent Madame K/Mrs. Kenney was lurking in Flirting with Forever, and I kept telling her she was the landlady at the boarding house where the hero and heroine stayed until the confused look on her face made me realize that boarding house is in Aching for Always.
In short, ask me anything, but don’t put a lot of faith in the answers.
Actually, a brief perusal of the back cover brings everything back nicely into my head. Aching for Always is my map story. I’m not sure if all writers work this way, but I have a number of things I know I will eventually build a story around. Maps was one. An art thief is another. A Celtic rock band. A stolen Easter Island maoi. The movie, To Catch a Thief. A 1949 Dior dress. You get the idea. Aching for Always is the culmination of a lifelong fascination with maps.
Here’s one of the first that I, like Joss, the heroine in Aching for Always, loved:
To me maps are magical. They help us understand more about places we know and lands we don’t, but for every question they answer they give us two more to ask. Maps can also beautiful–hand-lettered and often hand-colored, and filled with representations as eye-catching as any piece of art.
In Aching for Always, one map can forever changes the lives of two people–Hugh Hawksmoor, a handsome, determined sea captain who has traveled from the eighteenth century to avenge his brother’s death, and Joss O’Mally, whose struggles to keep her mother’s mapmaking company afloat ties her to her own past. When they meet, there are fireworks–literally, and Joss finds herself falling for Hugh’s ample charms. But when he tricks her into returning to the past with him, each will face the hardest decision each has ever had to make.
Here’s a link to the book trailer:
At this point, you have probably gathered that I write time travel romances. There are very few of us out there that do it, but I do love time travel stories. And if writing romance is about putting obstacles in front of your characters to make them prove they’re worthy of each other, what bigger obstacle could you put in front of a character knowing he has three choices: somehow convince his lover to stay in his time, give up everything he knows to be with her, or accept the fact they will never be together again? It’s the ultimate frame upon which to hang a plot from my point of view.
Feel free to ask me questions. I’ll be popping in all day to follow up. Please also consider entering my launch contest. The prize is a gorgeous Kate Spade handbag. The contest only lasts until October 4, 2010. Go to cready.com to find out more.
Let me kick things off by asking you a question: If you could travel to any point in time, where would you choose and why?