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Friday, January 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Playing for Love at Deep Haven (Q&A)

Buried Under Romance welcomes Katy Regnery for a Q&A today, where Katy discusses her writing and inspiration. :)

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About the book:
Violet Smith and Zach Aubrey have history…
…the kind of history he regrets and she wishes she could forget.
When a booking mistake at Deep Haven Cottage strands them together at a rental 
house on the Maine coast, the rocker and the writer are suddenly thrown back 
together after ten years apart. While Violet will do almost anything to prevent 
history from repeating itself, Zach wants to show her that her heart will be safe with
him this time. But can Violet give him a second chance? And will Zach truly be able 
to change history?
Playing songs, playing for keeps…Playing for Love at Deep Haven


1. What author do you think has had the greatest influence over your writing? 

Probably Lisa Kleypas. I absolutely loved her books as an adolescent and young adult and it was my love for Lisa that helped me make the jump from being a historical romance reader to giving contemporary romance a shot. A year and a half ago, I was sitting on a train from Washington D.C. to New York with my brand new Kindle. I hadn’t read a romance in years, but when I went to download my first book, I searched Lisa’s new releases and found Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. I devoured the other two books in the series over the following two days. By the third day, I was ready to try writing a romance novel of my own. About two months later my debut novel, By Proxy, was finished.

2. Do you ever experience writer’s block?  If yes, how do you overcome it?

Sometimes. But my blocks are unique – I might be blocked for one genre or project, but I’m never completely blocked. For example, if I have trouble writing one of my sweet romances (Heart of Montana) I’ll switch it up and work on my hotter romances (Enchanted Places) or my paranormal series (It’s You) for a while. I can always write something, you know? In fact – and I know how weird this sounds, but it’s true – once I got writer’s block so bad, I sat down and wrote a whole YA short story just to escape the project I was working on! Sylvia Day is actually judging that little YA story now and my fingers are crossed it’ll be included in the RWA Anthology!

3. What is the best compliment anyone has ever given you about your work?

After the publication of By Proxy, a man who I’d met on Twitter shared that he’d turned his back on e-publishing and Amazon years ago, but his interest in my book prompted him to reverse that stance and download my book. I was really moved by that. Because now there are millions of books he can enjoy at the touch of his finger…and he found his way back because of my work.

4. Tell me about the best advice you have ever received about writing or publishing your books.  How do you feel it has helped your career?

There is only one piece of advice I keep taped to my computer on a sticky note and it reads”

Remember Bella’s advice…
It’s the only road to success

Bella Andre gave that advice at the RWA conference last year, and when I’m feeling down about my sales or second-guessing my decision to try to build a career as a romance author, I remember that advice. And I write another book. It’s the best advice. Ever.

5. Do you ever think about how the lives of your characters proceed beyond the ending of the book?  Do you think Violet and Zach have children? Grow old together? Live happily ever after?

How interesting! You know, I don’t think I do!! Is that so weird? I sort of imagine use losing touch, I think. I knew them at a certain time – when they were in turmoil, finding each other again. I know in my heart that I’ve written their love as everlasting, so I don’t need to keep up with them. Once I know they’re okay, I think I let them go. 

Thanks for your fabulous answers, Katy! Lisa Kleypas's books introduced me to the romance genre. :)

Author Info:
Katy Regnery, winner of the 2013 NECRWA First Kiss and 2013 Maine RWA 
Everything But the Kitchen Sink contests, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own. 
As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana 
romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. In 
addition to small-town contemporary romance, Katy is presently writing a 
paranormal romance that takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec. 
Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones
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