Shana Galen is the author of five Regency historicals, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, and the Netherlands and featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She is a happily married wife and mother of a daughter and a spoiled cat and lives in Houston, Texas, where she is working on her next regency romance series.
LLW: Thanks for coming to Laugh Love Write Shana, it’s an absolute pleasure to have you… to get right to the point, how did you come up with the premise for The Rogue Pirate’s Bride?
SG:Thank you so much for having me!
The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is the third in a series about three brothers who are separated as children during the French Revolution. As I was writing the first and second books, I didn’t really know what had happened to Bastien, but when I read the manuscripts over, I noticed I had mentioned how he liked to play a pirate called Captain Cutlass when he was a boy. I decided he ran off and became a pirate. I’d always wanted to write a pirate hero.
LLW: I love knowing how authors envision their characters because everyone’s imagination is so very different, so, if The Rogue Pirate’s Bride gained a movie deal, who would you cast in the character roles?
SG:First of all, The Rogue Pirate’s Bride has not been auctioned for a movie, so if anyone reading this would like to make an offer, I’m all ears!
I think Henry Cavill would make a great Bastien. In The Tudors, he really has the look of Bastien—roguish and charming. Ewa da Cruz is an actress and the model on the cover of my last book, Lord and Lady Spy. I think she looks a lot like I envisioned Raeven. I’d want to cast William Moseley in the role of Raeven’s friend Percy. Moseley was Peter in the Narnia movies. Finally, I’d pick Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, as Raeven’s father, Admiral Russell.
<—- Henry Cavill (very nice choice indeed)
Ewa De Cruz (cropped from Lord and Lady Spy book cover)—–>
LLW: Thinking about my favorite scene in The Rogue Pirate’s Bride was very difficult because there are so many great ones to choose from, maybe Raeven’s first escape from Bastien perhaps, or their first fight sequence, or gosh! I don’t know…what is your favorite scene?
SG:My favorite scene is when Raeven has sneaked on board Bastien’s ship in an effort to steal her sword back from him (that’s her story, anyway). She’s caught and Bastien tells her this is her last chance to get what she really came for (i.e. a night with him), and she says she’d rather kill him. So he basically says, “Go ahead.” It turned into a very sexy, fun scene. I loved writing Raeven’s inner turmoil in that scene.
LLW: I know the French Revolution is your favorite historical era and have done much research for your novels, did you have to research anything special for The Rogue Pirate’s Bride?
SG: Oh, yes. I had to research a lot about ships and sailing. The book actually takes place in 1802, so I didn’t need to know hardly anything about the French Revolution, which is too bad because I know a lot! But I pretty much knew nothing about naval warfare. Fortunately, my dad is a sailor and offered to help me make sense of all the books and research materials.
LLW: The 1st book in your new series The Fallen Ladies will be released in September 2012, can you tell us about When You Give a Duke a Diamond?
SG:Wow! You did your research! When You Give a Duke a Diamond is the first in a series of books about three glamorous courtesans in Regency London who get mixed up with some very dangerous diamonds and some equally dangerous men. In this first book, Juliet, the courtesan nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, witnesses the murder of the fiancée of the powerful Duke of Pelham. She realizes she’s the killer’s next target, and she and Pelham have to work together to protect her and find the murderer.
LLW: In your opinion, what do you think makes a good story?
SG:I like all kinds of books, but the best ones are those where the reader can really connect with the hero and/or heroine. The reader is thinking, “I’ve felt like that” or “I wish I would say something like that.” Many of us read to imagine ourselves as someone else, maybe living in another place or era, and we want that sense of escapism. A good book let’s us step into another person’s shoes for a little while.
LLW: When you are writing a book, do you still read other books? And if so, do you stay away from your genre?
SG: I am always trying to find time to read because there are so many authors whose work I love, and many of my friends are authors. I do try and stay away from historical romance when I’m writing, but since it seems I’m always working on a new book, I do sometimes read an historical while I’m working on a new book. The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is my eleventh book, so I’m a lot less worried about being influenced by another author’s voice now than I was when I had only written a few historical romances.
LLW: What do you think is the most important thing an aspiring writer should know when it comes to writing or getting published?
SG: In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”
LLW: To get to know you a little better, I have som fun flash questions for you to answer. Don’t think about the answers, just tell us what first comes to mind.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
SG: an opera singer
- What was the last movie you saw?
SG: Crazy, Stupid Love
- Biggest TV addiction?
SG: Downton Abbey
- Guilty Pleasure?
- Fruits or veggies?
- Favorite childhood toy?
SG: Star Wars action figures
- What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
SG: Brussels sprouts
- What’s your karaoke song of choice?
SG: Never done karaoke, but I’d probably pick something by Sheryl Crow or Jewel.
Thank you so much taking the time to answer these questions here at Laugh Love Write. Write On!
THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2012
Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything…
Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood…
Forgiveness is unthinkable, but may be her only hope…
British Admiral’s daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé’s death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she’s not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways…
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Read my review of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride…here.