Welcome to Thank You Thursday, where I invite an author to answer a few questions about his/her book’s dedication and acknowledgements. I LOVE reading these little snippets at the beginning of books and often wonder about the story behind them. So I decided to ask! Today I’m thrilled to welcome fellow Rock*It Reads author Mia Marlowe who writes wickedly fantastic historical romance. Sourcebooks has kindly offered up a giveaway copy of WAKING UP WITH A RAKE for Thank You Thursday! Details below.
1. In the acknowledgements of WAKING UP WITH A RAKE, you thank several people. Can you tell us about one or two of them and how they helped you?
Mia: First of all, thanks to you for having me here today, Laurie! [I’m thrilled to have you, Mia!!!]
I’m very attached to my editor at Sourcebooks, Leah Hultenschmidt. She bought my first book (MAIDENSONG), which was originally published by Dorchester under a different pen name. I have the rights back now and it’s available as a Rock*It Reads ebook! Leah has worked with me from the very beginning, so our relationship, while very professional, is also a warm one.
My agent Natasha Kern also happens to be Connie Mason’s agent. She deserves a good deal of the credit for arranging our collaboration. Natasha also frees me up from fretting over the business end of writing so I can concentrate on the fun part—making stuff up!
2. Was there anyone who helped you when you researched a plot detail? If so, who is it and what did you learn?
Mia: I do my own research because I never know exactly what details I’ll want to include unless I have a broad spectrum of things to pick from. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t get help in plotting and characterization. My beta reader is my friend Marcy Weinbeck. She doesn’t help me research plot details, but she does let me bounce ideas off her. When I was brainstorming TOUCH OF A SCOUNDREL (August 2012, Kensington) she suggested it would be a unique twist if the heroine was the scoundrel. Something clicked in my head and the con artist Emmaline Farnsworth was born!
3. Is there a detail or major turning point in the story that would’ve been different without the input of someone who read an early draft? If so, can you tell us a little more?
Mia: My critique partner is Ashlyn Chase, author of light-hearted paranormals. Ash is brilliant and funny and a great friend, but she and I have very different ideas about what we want in our heroes. She likes the kinder, gentler beta guys. You know, the sensitive types. I however believe, as the female sloths in “Ice Age” did, that the sensitive ones always get eaten. I’m all about the alpha hero.
So when I was writing Lord Rhys Warrington, the hero from WAKING UP WITH A RAKE, I knew I had him right if Ashlyn cringed a bit over his swagger and take-charge attitude.
Much of what Mia Marlowe knows about writing she learned from singing. A classically trained soprano, she describes her stories as a cross between Grand Opera and Gilbert & Sullivan . . . with sex! Her work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine and one of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia.
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******************** GIVEAWAY DETAILS *******************
Question: If you could wake up with a rake, who would it be?
1. Open to US/Can addresses
2. MUST leave a comment with your email address so we can easily contact you
3. Winner will be picked next Wednesday via Random.org