287. Take Risks and Keep Going: An Interview with Lorraine Heath

Today I’m chatting with Lorraine Heath, bestselling author of more than 70 books over 25 years in writing romance. We talk about her titles in historical romance, contemporary and paranormal YA, how publishing has changed a little over the years, and of course we discuss her newest book, Beyond Scandal and Desire.

We talk about writing as a craft and process, too: you’ll learn what advice Ms. Heath would give her writer self when she started out, and what advice she’d give to a writer just starting now. Other topics include:

Her British and Texan heritage, and how she reconciled to very different cultures in her writing (can you guess which book series was inspired by her mom and dad?)

Her use of intricate plot lines amid very familiar tropes in new settings

What she loves about historical romance

Which of her covers are among her favorites, and how cover art has changed over the course of her career

And the importance of list making on the part of her characters, and how she has her characters show their own evolution and growth.

She also reveals some of her personal auto-buy authors, and shares some recommendations for research books for historical romance writers. I found this conversation very thoughtful and inspiring, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

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