Interview + Giveaway with Caroline Linden and ONE NIGHT IN LONDON

>> Friday, September 16, 2011

Bewteen Avon and Kensingon, Caroline has published a dozen historical romances and her latest, ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, just released in September! Her next, BLAME IT ON THE BATH, releases in March 2012 -- SQUEE, we're release buddies! -- so watch for it.  Welcome, Caroline! Thanks for coming!

Lord Edward de Lacey has noble expectations—until a secret from the past threatens to cost him everything. Francesca Gordon will stop at nothing to find her niece— not even bargaining with the ruthless Lord Edward. But what begins as purely business might become something closer to pure passion…

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Tell us about your upcoming release.
ONE NIGHT IN LONDON is about a desperate woman trying to save her niece from a wicked stepmother, and a man determined to save his inheritance. He steals her lawyer, she coerces him into helping her as payback, and then the sparks start to fly.

What creates the biggest conflict between your hero and heroine?
I think it's that they are so different. Francesca, the heroine, is impulsive, passionate, and a bit warm-tempered. Edward is disciplined, coldly logical, and rather ruthless in pursuit of what he wants…although he does try to resist it when Francesca turns out to be what he wants.

Why did you put these two together?
I love characters who complement each other! They share some common ground, but have different strengths and weaknesses so they can support each other.

Is there a message in this novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don't know about a message in the novel—except that love is worth fighting for, even to the point of humbling yourself—but the book is part of a campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. A portion of the sales will go to fund research and patient support programs, and at the back of the book is a page listing the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which is difficult to detect early and thus incredibly deadly. Read it! Share it! Rip it out and post it on your bathroom mirror!

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
This may sound strange, but: action/adventure movies. I love things like the Jason Bourne films and Star Wars, because something is always happening. Every line of dialogue counts. Little things turn out to have big significance.I tend to get bored by description, no matter how beautifully written.

How do you keep in touch with your readers?
I update my website most months, and I've been trying to keep my Facebook page active with random weekly updates. And I answer all my reader email. Sometimes in deadline panic I slack off all these things, but I love to hear from readers!

What are you reading now?
I just finished BLACK SHEEP by Georgette Heyer, which I really liked. Very different from the book I read before, A TALE OF TWO LOVERS by Maya Rodale—which I also really liked!

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Strong, multifaceted characters with interesting problems. You can wring a lot of plot from good characters.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started writing?
There is no Right Way to be an author, to be published, to write a book, to run your career… Everyone creates their own path, and there's nothing wrong with that.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Personally, I lovelovelove Scrivener. Fabulous writing software! But otherwise, I think you just need determination and persistence. And maybe the occasional pedicure.

What are your current projects?
Right now I'm writing the final book in the Truth About the Duke trilogy (ONE NIGHT IN LONDON is the first). In spare moments I jot down a few lines of a possible novella about a secondary character from ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, and when I'm really stuck on the book, I work on my paranormal magnum opus.

Do You Have Any Undiscovered Or Hidden Talents?
It's not quite hidden; it's exploited probably far too often! I make awesome cookies. I love cookies. If you have a good cookie recipe, send it to me. Of course, then I eat the cookies, which is not so good…

Where can we find you online?
www.carolinelinden.com and http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolineLinden

Caroline Linden earned a math degree from Harvard University before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, nine books, two Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision.

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24 comments:

GzNKz4evr 7:50 AM  

Caroline, Can I say how fantastic it is that you incorporated ovarian cancer awareness with your book? What a terrific idea! I wish more authors would do that!

The book sounds like it will be great. I have it on my "to-read" list! I love the books that begin with one motive and spark (at some point) into passion. Congratulations on the release!

Joan, you are crazy talented! And I want one of those awesome bookmarks! :) Congratulations on your release also! Can't wait to read it!

GzNKz4evr 7:51 AM  

Oops! Sorry! I always forget the e-mail: kendraedens@gamil.com

Caroline Linden 7:54 AM  

Thanks so much for inviting me, Joan! I'm expecting lots of cookie recipes from your readers... :-)

And those bookmarks ARE beautiful! Thank you for doing that.

Sherry Isaac 7:56 AM  

Caroline, I hear you on Jason Bourne. When I finally caught on to action vs description (and rambling!!!) my own writing turned a corner.

Beautiful cover, and beautiful gesture supporting ovarian cancer.

Joan, I rec'd the bookmarks. Yay!

Tatiana L. 8:02 AM  

Have you read any books written by foreign authors? If yes, whose book did you like best?

Thank you for a very interesting interview.

tatiana_lwg(at) yahoo.com

Ora 8:03 AM  

I love the book. I just started chapter 22. I hope Abconbury (spelling may be off, I don't want to loose my page in my ebook)is the one who gets the novella. He is a likable guy, and I feel bad that he feel in love with someone who doesn't reciprocates it.

Eli Yanti 8:18 AM  

hi caroline,
i like cookie too,but i don't have a recipe right now.i just bought from cookie's store.
my question is : when you start to write your first book and how you feel when finish it? congratulations on your next book release in year 2012.
eli_y83@yahoo.com

Lisa 8:53 AM  

I really really enjoyed your book and I can't wait for the next one! An another novella? Yeah! :) And, wow, I love those bookmarks!!
I love to make cookies too but my go to recipe is always on the back of the Toll House chocolate chips package lol! They really are the best chocolate chip cookies :)

Lisa 8:54 AM  

Whoops, email is tigger_time2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karen H 9:42 AM  

It's wonderful that so many authors are taking part in the Kiss and Teal program. I've picked up a lot of them already and will be adding this one to my list. It's a great way to support an important cause and get some great entertainment.

claddagh64 at yahoo dot com

Caroline Linden 10:41 AM  

The ovarian cancer awareness campaign IS important, and a tremendous idea--it was the executive editor at my publishing house, I think, who decided to do it. Every Avon romance released this month has a list of symptoms in the back (tear the page out!) and 25 cents from the sale of each book goes toward research and support to patients.

Caroline Linden 10:47 AM  

Oh yes: Alconbury is the subject of the novella-in-progress. But I have to write Charlie's book first, so it will be a while before I get back to Alconbury...

Sherry, so glad to meet another Bourne appreciator! It's always easy to go back and add description, not so easy to add action.

Eli, I wrote my first book about eight years ago. I was definitely not a writing type in high school or college, so I think my main feeling, upon typing THE END, was amazement.

Also, the Toll House recipe is excellent. Sometimes you just can't improve on the original.

Jena Lang 11:10 AM  

Caroline,

Your book sounds terrific! Do you have a favorite line or scene in the book?

Thanks for the giveaway!
jenalang(at)live(dot)com

Anonymous,  11:53 AM  

Hi Caroline :)

Loved that you stopped by because I have not read anything by you, but I will be now :) Think its awesome that your book is included in the Ovarian cancer awarness campaign, great cause!

Have a great potato chip cookie recipe. Need to send it your way :)Huge hit every year I make them during the holidays.

Michele
mharper1023@gmail.com

Caroline Linden 12:38 PM  

Hi Jena- Hard to choose one favorite scene, but I do like the scene where Edward and Francesca visit the art gallery and make up snarky new titles for famous artworks. My kids and I did this in the Tate Modern museum, to stave off museum fatigue.

Potato chip cookies, Michele?! Oh my. I'd try those!

Sheree 12:53 PM  

I loved "You Only Love Once"!

As for cookies, I loved the toffee cookies I used to buy at the local farmers market but that baker stopped coming to the market and I haven't found anything as delicious as hers. *sigh*

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com

Jane 2:20 PM  

Congrats on the new release, Caroline. I love it when the hero and heroine engage in a battle of wits.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Ora 4:14 PM  

I forgot to ask about how you decided on the name Edward for your hero? Last week I read Mistress by Marriage and that was the first book that I have read with the name Edward as the hero. I thought it was kind of interesting that both Edward's were really cold in the beginning of the book, and wanting to always be in control.
oeamis(at)carolina(dot)rr(dot)com

Mariee 5:02 PM  

Congrats on your new release! One Night in London sounds great, I can't wait to read it.

marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous,  5:27 PM  

RachaelM

Hi Caroline, I am glad that you took the time to stop by and do this interview. I always love to meet authors and add to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway. I also think its great that you are involved in the campaign to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.

rachaelmccully@yahoo.com

GayleC 9:08 PM  

I love cookies too. Probably chocolate chip oatmeal raisin is my favorite, but as I am the only on who likes raisins I seldom make them. Love the cause that you guys are part of, and it's such a great way to communicate to woman everywhere through the books we love.
luvlott1981 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Natalija 1:31 AM  

Congratulations on your new release! I read so many good reviews about this book & now I can't wait to read it. Edward reminds me of Marcus Reece from "What A Gentleman Wants" & I loved him.

Please include me in the drawing.
natalija (dot) shkomare (at) gmail (dot) com

Good luck to everyone!

Linda McDonald 8:36 AM  

Congrats on your new release! No matter how many books a writer has published, it must always be exciting to have another out there on the shelves. As far as cookies go, my favorite are oatmeal chocolate chip. No raisins for me. I also love snickerdoodles. :)

csolinda(at)hotmail(dot)com

Joan Swan 8:38 PM  

Finally home long enough to choose WINNERS by Random.org!

Bookmarks to:

Gayle
Jane
Rachel
Tatiana
Lisa

Congrats ladies. If you didn't win, come back Tuesday -- Trish McCallen's book covers will be on bookmarks and that is one HOT cover!!

Joan

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