What genre do your books fall into or is it a genre blended? The first two that are out, Loveland and Lawless Love, are both western historical romance. I have a contemporary I’m working on, however.
What inspires you to write? Aren’t there two forms of inspiration? There’s the inspiration to sit down and physically write something, and the inspiration of what to write, what the story will be about. My daughter inspired me to write in the first sense; she believes anything is possible. So I went and did it with publishing in mind—that is, I had been writing all my life but had never attempted to get anything published. As for the second sense, lots of things inspire me but mostly landscape and the people who inhabit them. I could write quite a bit about that but I’ll stop there.
Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing? No, I need quiet when I work but I have to admit the lyrics of some songs often give me ideas for writing.
Do you come up with the plot or characters first? Both together. I think I have to know on what journey my characters are setting out, but I need to know who they are before they set out on that road.
Do you have a favorite book of yours? Too many to mention!
Tell me something quirky about yourself. Well, I live in New York but I write about the west. That’s pretty dang quirky to most people!
What do you aim to make people feel when they read your books? That’s such a great question and it has a lot of answers really. First, I aim to take them to a different time and place, to give readers an escape. Second, with the historicals, I also aim to make readers feel that people haven’t changed much, that we still face the same problems and have the same feelings but maybe the methods of dealing with these difficulties are different. And of course I want readers to feel entertained.
What’s next for you? I’d like to get the contemporary finished and published and I’ve also got another historical waiting in the wings as well as another book that combines the two.
Do you sing in the shower? LOL Uh…no. Though, come to think of it, if I were loud enough, it might be a dang good method of keeping the deer away.
Thanks very much again, Misty, for having me. It’s been great fun.
BLURB for Lawless Love
Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.
Marshal Dylan J. Kane is a man who considers everything as black and white, right or wrong. He’s never seen life any other way until he sets eyes on Lacey. Suddenly the straight and narrow that he’s followed has a few twists and turns. Loving Lacey offers the home life for which he hankers…but can he really love a woman who seems to be plain lawless.
Lacey thought of fluttering her eyelashes, but it was such a silly thing to do. How could women act like that? She just looked up at the marshal and waited, the possibilities turning over in her mind, flitting through her head but never settling.
“You wanna tell me what really happened now so we can try to sort this matter? All I can do is promise I’ll do everything in my power to sort it for you, but I cain’t help you less’n you tell the truth. You tell me lies and make me look a dang fool, there’s nothin’ I can do. You understand that?”
Along with the tiniest nod, she clasped her hands together. She looked up at Dylan Kane and saw kindness in that face, a face she could so easily have loved had things been different. She could sense the heat radiating from his body and knew if she touched his chest, a strength would exist where his heart beat. If she ran her hand down his arms, she would find that same strength in his muscle. How she wanted those arms around her! All her life, it seemed, she had looked after herself, cared for her brother, struggled to make a home for the two of them. What would it have been like if Morgan had not…
“Lacey?” Dylan’s soft voice brought her back from her reveries. “You ready to tell the truth?” With one gentle finger, he lifted her chin so their gazes met for a moment before they each stepped back from the brink of something neither could control. “Lacey?” he repeated.
“Yes, I’m ready.”
Andrea Downing likes to say that, when she decided to leave New York, the city of her birth, she made a wrong turn and went east instead of west. She ended up spending most of her life in the UK where she received an M.A. from the University of Keele in Staffordshire. She married and raised a beautiful daughter and stayed on to teach and write, living in the Derbyshire Peak District, the English Lake District, Wales and the Chiltern Hills before finally moving into London. During this time, family vacations were often on guest ranches in the American West, where she and her daughter have clocked up some 17 ranches to date. In addition, she has traveled widely throughout Europe, South America, and Africa, living briefly in Nigeria. In 2008 she returned to the city of her birth, NYC, but frequently exchanges the canyons of city streets for the wide open spaces of the West. Her love of horses, ranches, rodeo and just about anything else western is reflected in her writing. Loveland, a western historical romance published by The Wild Rose Press, was her first book and a finalist for the RONE Award of Best American Historical. Lawless Love, a story, comes out as part of The Wild Rose Press Lawmen and Outlaws’ series on Sept. 4. Andrea is a member of Romance Writers of America and Women Writing the West.