Hi Shana and welcome to Under the Covers!
Shana: Thanks for having me.
Can you please tell us more about True Spies?
Shana: I’d love to. True Spies is the second novel in my Lord and Lady Spy series. It’s the story of Baron Winslow Keating and his wife Elinor Keating. Elinor is a wife and a mother who basically runs the household while Baron Keating is off managing his estates. The problem is that Baron Keating, unbeknownst to Elinor, is actually an elite spy for the Barbican group. Elinor is bored with her life and decides to seek some adventure of her own, and that is where their very different worlds collide.
How would you describe the hero of True Spies, Winslow Keating? Why did you feel compelled to tell his story?
Shana: Winslow Keating is a hard working spy, who’s spent his life focused on his job and not much time on his family. He’s come to the realization that he’s not getting any younger, his daughters are growing up fast, and his wife seems to manage just fine without him. I felt compelled to write a character like Winn because so many people, men and women, are just like him. Life happens so quickly, kids grow up while parents are at work, relationships change, and people drift apart.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a historical romance author? What is the most challenging thing?
Shana: The most rewarding thing is getting to interact with readers, be it via email, signings, conferences, or on social media like Facebook and Twitter. Facebook has a really wonderful community of romance readers that love to talk about romance books.
The most challenging thing is finding the right balance between work, and family. I don’t want to miss a minute of my daughter’s childhood and suddenly, like Winn, find myself with a grown child.
Your books also have quite a bit of intrigue. How do you keep that element fresh without it overpowering the romance?
Shana: I feel that the intrigue spices up the relationships between the hero and heroine. I like to challenge the characters in ways that are exciting for readers. The intrigue can enhance the romantic situation by adding tension to an already tense budding relationship. The balance seems to come naturally for me. I grow bored if I don’t have an element of adventure in a book. I like stories that have action and adventure balanced with romance and intimacy.
If you could be a character in one of your novels, which one would you pick and why?
Shana: I love to sing, so I would have to pick Helena in my recent novella The Spy Wore Blue. She’s an opera singer who lives in a tiny artistic flat with a cat and sings at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy. Helena is also married to a sexy and enigmatic spy, Agent Blue, which might make for a fun “imaginary “change of pace.
What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?
Shana: The Elite by Kiera Cass and yes, I would recommend it. It’s a YA novel set in a dystopian world, and second in the series The Selection. I really enjoyed the first book, and the second book did not disappoint.
Who are your favorite authors and what is it about their work that resonates with you?
Shana: I have lots of favorite authors, but Julie Garwood will always be close to my heart. She writes fabulous stories with dynamic heroes and heroines. I love the way she uses language and humor, and I find it a pleasure to get lost in her fictional world. I was thrilled to get to meet Julie Garwood for the first time, this year at the Romantic Times convention in Kansas City. She’s absolutely lovely in person.
What are some basic items you absolutely require to write?
Shana: A snack, my purple mechanical pencil, and a latte. Actually, it helps to have Dora the Explorer on in the background.
Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us!
Thank you so much for having me!
TRUE SPIES BY SHANA GALEN
IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2014
He’s Getting Tired of Deception…
Baron Winslow Keating is honor-bound to finish one last mission as an elite spy for the Barbican group even though he just wants to go home and be with his family. But after years of secrecy and absence, his daughters hardly know him and his wife has given up on him…
She Wants to Try a Little Intrigue…
Lady Elinor has had enough of domestic boredom. She contemplates an affair with a rakish spy, only to discover a world of intrigue and treachery that she never knew existed. Even more shocking, her neglectful husband is suddenly very attentive—quite the jealous type—and apparently there is much more to him than she ever knew…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shana Galen is the author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the Lord and Lady Spy Series, the Jewels of the Ton Series, as well as the Sons of the Revolution Trilogy. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time, and is working on more regency romance novels! She’s happily married to the Ultimate Sportsfan and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.