Interview with Andrea Kane
What genre do you write and why?
I actually write two different genres: historical romance (or what I like to call historical romantic suspense) and psychological suspense thrillers. Although these genres seem diametrically opposed, there are some definite similarities—strong, compelling characters who draw my readers in and inspire either love or hate, and a powerful suspense theme. Obviously, it’s the suspense that’s in the forefront of my thrillers and is a backdrop in my historicals, but I can’t imagine writing a book without that mystery element.
Tell us about your latest book.
My Heart’s Desire is set in Regency England, as well as in the Thousand Islands, which are sprinkled on the Saint Lawrence River between the US and Canada. As the book cover says, “Never were there two more unlikely people to fall in love” than Lady Alexandria Cassel and Drake Barrett, the future Duke of Allonshire. Alex is about to make her debut into society, and has about as little interest in doing so as she does in meeting all the noblemen her parents have selected for her as potential suitors. And Drake? He’s a nobleman by birth and a sea captain by choice. Little does he know, when he sails his merchant ship up the Thames en route to Canada, that he has a stowaway on board—a beautiful, rebellious young woman who’s running away from an unwanted future to seek adventure and freedom. And Alex, ever impulsive and untraditional, is completely unaware that the brig she’s chosen as her transport to that freedom is captained by a cynical man who feels nothing but disdain for women—especially those of noble birth. The stage is set for one combustible relationship!
What advice do you have for other writers?
Write because you love it; because it’s who you are and because it’s something you feel compelled to do. Don’t do it for money or accolades. There’s just too much blood, sweat, tears, and time invested for that. And if the reasons are right, don’t let anyone or anything dissuade you.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
My absolute all-time favorite writing quote is: “There are three rules to writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – Somerset Maugham
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
You can find out about me and my writing at any one of the following places:
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
I believe my readers will bond with my characters, just as I do, and be drawn into their world and their lives—and the danger those lives are in.
How long did it take you to write your book?
It always takes me about a year to write a book. I’m a raging perfectionist. I spend months on research, character and plot development, and a semblance of an outline that I create even though I know it will change throughout the writing of the book. Then, I write and rewrite as I go. I give my all to every book I write because I can’t do it any other way. And that takes time, which is why it’s a book a year for me.
Who inspires you?
Always and without question, my family. They’re not only my greatest blessing, but they are an integral part of my writing. Whether it’s brainstorming, tweaking a line or two, or reading my manuscripts before they’re transformed into finished books, my family is always there for me, cheering me on.
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
Right on the heels of My Heart’s Desire’s September release, will be the October release of my historical romance, Samantha. You’ll meet Sammy as Drake’s precocious 15-year-old sister in My Heart’s Desire, and watch her grow into a romantic breath-of-fresh-air in her own story, set three years later. Sammy is about to launch into her first London Season, but her goal is not to immerse herself in the glittering whirl of balls nor to revel in the long line of noblemen knocking at her door. It’s to find her hero—the knight-in-shining-armor she’s imagined forever. However, Remington Worth, the man who walks into her life, is anything but the hero of a romantic novel. He’s a notorious womanizer with a secret life—one that’s fraught with danger and leaves no room for love or marriage.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m a diehard Yankees fan, and rarely miss watching a game. I’m also an avid crossword puzzle solver and Sudoku player—they keep my mind sharp and my self-competitive nature satisfied. Most of all, I love spending time with my family and playing with my Pomeranian, who actually owns the house and just lets us live here.