Thursday, December 8, 2011

An Interview with Novelist Georgie Lee!


A dedicated history and film buff, Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for Hollywood, history and storytelling through romantic fiction. She began writing professionally at a small TV station in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles to work in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry.
Her traditional Regency, Lady’s Wager and her contemporary novella Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion are both available from Ellora’s Cave Blush. Labor Relations, a contemporary romance of Hollywood is currently available from Avalon Books. Look for her ancient Roman novella from Carina Press and her novel of love in the golden age of Hollywood from Avalon Books in 2012.
When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit  www.georgie-lee.com for more information about Georgie and her novels.

I'm so happy to have you at Tattered Pages today, Georgie! Tell us how your writing career began.
I started out writing marketing videos and public service announcements for a small cable TV station in San Diego. I’d always dreamed of being a screenwriter so I moved to Los Angeles and earned my MA in screenwriting. I never conquered Hollywood but I’d always enjoyed reading romance novels, and one day I started writing one. It was a Regency romance and it went on to become Lady’s Wager, my first published novel.

Whoo Hoo! I love Regency romance. Is that the one romantic sub-genre you stick with, or do you write across lines?
I write both contemporary and historical and my historicals are set in many different time periods. I have one Regency and three contemporary romances currently available, and my ancient Rome novella is coming out from Carina Press in January 2012. I also have a sweet romance set in 1935 Hollywood coming out in 2012 from Avalon books.

Wow. Busy lady! Of these books, what can a reader expect in regards to heat level. Are we keeping that bedroom door open or closed?
Whether I write sweet or sexy always depends on the story and the publisher. My Avalon books are sweet romances where I close the door while my ancient Rome novella throws the door wide open.

Gotcha and good point. What are you working on right now?
I’m working on another Regency romance and starting to do research for an early Georgian novella. I also have a contemporary on the back burner waiting for me to solve a plot issue.

*chuckle* I have one of those myself. Funny how they hang around until that works out, isn't it? After finishing a manuscript, do you take some time off or dive right in to the next story?
I always have more than one manuscript going at the same time. When I get stuck on one, I will start working on one of the others. It helps take my mind off any plot problems so my subconscious can work through to a solution.

I JUST discovered this very thing myself. When one story is stuck, work on another. Great advice. What’s on your nightstand (or downloaded onto your Kindle) right now?
The Toll Gate by Georgette Heyer.

Does your husband ever read your work? And if so, what’s his reaction?
My husband always reads my work. He helps me make the men sound like men, and catch and fix plot problems.

Gosh, I love that! Good for him...and you! Okay, favorite cocktail?
Amaretto sour. I like sweet drinks.

What are your hobbies?
Reading, movies, reading, history, reading, thrifting and reading.

Any pets?
One semi-bald mutt who looks like a Cairn Terrier mix but the DNA test said he is mostly Maltese. I think the vet mixed up the blood sample.
LOL. Thanks so much for visiting with us Georgie! And now please read on for a little more about A Little Legal Luck, out now from The Wild Rose Press!

On St. Patrick’s Day, the last thing paralegal Lisa Brennan needs is another lawyer in her life, but when handsome attorney Daniel Wilson shows he’s a sweetheart in an industry of sharks, she’s intrigued. Daniel is impressed by the pretty paralegal and her desire to succeed despite a bad job, but with the pressure of running his own firm, does he have time for a relationship? Thrown together in the jury pool, Lisa must overcome her prejudices about attorneys to trust Daniel and get lucky in love.
Excerpt
“I’m hoping St. Patrick smiles on me today and I get picked for a trial.” Lisa laughed, finding the stranger’s upbeat mood infectious. “I’d kiss a lot of blarney stone to get out of work for a few days.”
He leaned forward, dropping his voice. “Then we must be the only two people here eager to do our patriotic duty.”
Glancing around the room at the bored women watching the morning show on the large overhead TVs and the college students absorbed in their i‑whatevers, she had the distinct feeling they were in the minority. “You want to serve?”
“I’m a lawyer, I know how important jurors are to the system.”
Her body tensed and the muscles in the back of her neck tightened.
Not all lawyers are like Lou, she reminded herself, taking a deep breath and forcing herself to relax.
Thankfully, he didn’t seem to notice her unconscious reaction as he held out his hand, and smiled, revealing perfect white teeth. “Daniel Wilson.” She grasped his hand, her skin tingling as his long fingers curled around hers.

7 comments:

wlynnchantale said...

Hi Georgie, I confess I usually have multiple manuscripts going at one time. Although lately, I've been focused on one while another is bouncing around in my head.
How did you come up with the premise for A Little Legal Luck?

*wave* Hi AJ, chef sent chocolate crossiants

Georgie Lee said...

Hi Wlynnchantale and thanks for stopping by. I came up with the idea while on jury duty. I had a lot of free time that day and I was inspired.

Jannine Gallant said...

What an interesting mix of time periods in your historicals, Georgie. Great excerpt! Best of luck with sales.

Katherine said...

I've never tried working on more than one manuscript at a time but I like the idea of it. It would keep me productive instead of staring at the blank screen trying to figure out why my characters won't cooperate. Hope you have lots of sales.

Lisa Kessler said...

Great interview!!! :)

My hubby is usually my first-reader too! :) I think it helps me a lot...

I'm really looking forward to reading this one! :) Congratulations on the release Georgie!!!

Lisa

AJ Nuest said...

Thank you so much for being here today, Georgie! Sorry I'm late to the party. Been spending all my days in the editorial cave lately. Not fun, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. I love the excerpt and blurb for A Little Legal Luck! Here's to many sales, my friend!

Georgie Lee said...

Thanks AJ for having me today. I really enjoyed it!