Friday, 28 April 2017

NTAP Blog Tour : Post 2: Q & A with Valerie Bowman!

Now that I've read the book and became a fan of Ms. Bowman, I was intrigued about the Author. For all of you who want to know more about Valerie Bowman here are a few Q&A that will give us an insight about her!

The Q/A's:

Q: What is your favorite scene in Never Trust a Pirate?

Valerie: I truly do love the whole book but I think everything that happens after they get on the ship is especially fun. The book is sort of pre-ship and post-ship.

Q: Are you methodical in your writing, certain hours of the day, certain rituals you may perform before you sit down? Or are you one of those writers who binge write when the mood is upon you?

Valerie:  I’m a binge writer, but it’s not about the mood striking so much as it’s about having more time to write on the weekend because I’m not at my day job.

Q: Are there particular tropes you are fond of using?

Valerie:  My favorite trope is probably reunited lovers or old friends who fall in love. I love the brother’s best friend trope, too. I’ve used all of those and am currently writing a story where a married couple (who haven’t seen each other in ten years) are forced to work together again. Of course hijinx (and romance) will ensue!

Q: How would you describe Never Trust a Pirate using only three words?

Valerie:  Racy Regency Romp. That’s how I describe all of my books, actually.

Q: What is your advice for other writers?

Valerie:  Write! It’s simple. I see a lot of would-be writers taking classes and reading books about writing but the best thing to do is just write, write, write. Worry about the mechanics later. You do need to study craft and learn the business but you’ve got nothing to improve if you’re not actually writing.

Q: Why this setting and why pirates? Inquiring minds want to know, or me anyway.

Valerie:  I unabashedly love pirates! I love to read stories about them and when I was a kid I wanted to be one. Of course I get horribly seasick and am about the least adventurous person you’d ever meet. Swashbuckling would stress me out. I guess that’s why I have to write about it instead.

Q: Another inquiring mind wants to know, approximately, how long does it take you to write a full length novel?  How many books can you write in a year? 

Valerie:  It takes me about two months to actually write the novel (working mostly nights and weekends around my full-time job) but it takes months to plot and think about the novel which is why I only write two novels per year.

Q: Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend? 

Valerie:  My book boyfriend is Jason Fielding from Judith McNaught’sOnce and Always. Talk about the perfect tortured hero!

Q: Give us the “elevator pitch” for your new book.

Valerie:  I call Never Trust a Pirate: The Scarlet Pimpernel meets Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in Regency England.

Q: Series or stand alone?  If series do you already have a set number of books that you plan to write?

Valerie:  Series. When I began to write the Playful Brides series, I planned three books. I’m happy to say it’s going to be eleven altogether, plus a novella. Plans change!

Q: What are your future project(s)?

Valerie:  Right now, I’m editing book 8 in the Playful Brides series. It’s called The Right Kind of Rogue and comes out on Halloween. I’m also writing book 9 of the Playful Brides series. And I’m always plotting future books in my head. In this case I’ve already got a lot of ideas for how I’m going to end the series with book #11 (Delilah and Thomas’s book) in Spring 2019.

Q: For novices who haven't read a novel of yours what is it that they will find unique in your work?

Valerie:  I hope they will find a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is filled with humor and heart. Above all, I just want my stories to entertain. I’m not here to give anyone a history lesson. I just want readers to smile and sigh.

Q: Do you find that you base any of your characters on people in your life? Have you gotten any inspiration for scenes in your novel from things that have happened to you in real life?
Valerie:  The entire Playful Brides series was conceived based on my friend’s terrible boyfriend. She wouldn’t break up with him and I kept telling her to let me call him and break up with him for her (I was kidding, sorta). On a drive home from dinner with her one night, after she’d filled my ear yet again with a bunch of stories of the awful things he’d done (forgot her birthday, asked her to pay his cell phone bill), I started thinking how funny it would be if there was a service that you could call to break-up with your boyfriend for you. The opposite of Cyrano de Bergerac. I decided that would be great story and immediately began to think about how I could set it in the Regency. That was the idea for The Unexpected Duchess, the first story in the series.

Q: Have you read anything lately that you loved?
Valerie:  Julie Anne Long’s The Legend of Lyon Redmond was sheer perfection if you ask me.

Q; What other books or movies or music influenced this novel? 
Valerie:  As with all of the stories in my Playful Brides series, Never Trust a Pirate was inspired by a play. In this case it’s The Scarlet Pimpernel. I loved the concept of a character with dual identities.

It's always fun to know what an author thinks of her work and how she/he produces such work. 
I loved Valerie's answers!
I am seriously going to do reviews for all the Playful Brides books immediately. I'm dying of Curiosity now!!
And didn't I mention in the review I knew there was a Delilah and Thomas story brewing! I'm so glad I got proved right. Can't wait for the future books!

Until then, Keep Reading!

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