Interview with Anne Gallagher

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little ocean side town in Rhode Island. My teenage summers were spent working at the local ice cream parlour and getting a tan (before that became bad for you). We didn't have a television (by choice) and the only thing to do was read. I cut my teeth on historical romance, bodice rippers and Highlander stories, and Fabio graced every cover. I loved losing myself in different places, not to mention different eras. Somehow though, I found the Regency period and I've never looked back.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about a 70's rock band. I must have been seventeen. I still have it. Found it in a box of old papers when we moved. It totally stinks, is riddled with bad dialogue, and a horrible plot, but it means something to me because way back then, I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a writer.
What is your writing process?
My writing process starts off in the wee hours of the morning. I like to get up at five, take a quick peek at emails and other social media before I start writing. Usually by my second cup of tea, I open my document and review/edit what I wrote the previous day. I write by the hour. If I can get to work by six, I'll stop writing around eleven and check my word count. Some days I can get in 1500-2000 words, others it's only 500 because I've stopped to do research.

During the school year, things are a little different. I still get up at five and check my social media, but then I take my daughter to school. I generally start to work writing by 8:30 and work until 1. Sometimes, if I'm particularly enamoured of my story, I'll turn the computer back on after supper.
What do you read for pleasure?
Funnily enough, not Regency romance. Before I started writing, I must have read every Regency ever written. These days I'm finding myself drawn to women's fiction, cozy mysteries, and autobiographies.
Describe your desk
In two simple words - a disaster. I have papers, books, research tomes, pens, pads, post-its, pictures, and two horseshoes on top of it right now. However, I'm in the middle of a writing my next book, so that's the way it will stay until it is finished. When that gets published, I will clean the desk and straighten out my office. Once I decide on my next project, it becomes messy again until I finish that. It's a vicious circle.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had written my first three Regency novels and sent out queries to agents. They all said they liked my writing, but the market was saturated so they couldn't place me. A good friend of mine had chronicled her foray into self-publishing on her blog, and I thought, "if she could do it, so could I". It was a decided learning curve, but I'm so glad I did it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me markets that I don't think I would have gotten into. Their reach is global, with varied companies, which means varied devices to utilize. Sure there are other companies who are global, but they only have one or two e-reading devices. And not everyone owns one. With Smashwords, the opportunity to be read by millions of people all over the world is just awesome.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I think with every writer, the first letter or review you get that says, "I loved your book" gives you the feeling that you've finally found your place in the world. And that in turn, spurs us to continue. Sure, I've had my share of bad reviews, but the good far outweigh them. And the first thing we have to learn is that not everyone is going to love everything we write. However, for those readers who continue to read what I write is like Manna from Heaven. It sustains me.
What are you working on next?
I'm trying to finish up the last four books in my series The Reluctant Grooms. I'm currently working on Richard's story (hoping I'll have enough of a word count to make a novel), and that's slated for release around Thanksgiving. I hope. Then by Christmas I'm hoping to get two novellas out (both are prequels to the last book) and then next spring, the final book in the series should be ready for publication. I tend to work on two or three books at a time, and the two novellas have already been started.
Published 2013-09-14.
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Books by This Author

Lady Olivia's Undoing
Pre-release—available September 15, 2014. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,470. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Historical » Regency
Lady Olivia, Duchess of Caymore, is one of the most powerful women in London. Since the death of her husband a decade earlier, Olivia has kept a secret from Society. One, that if discovered, would ruin her. At the Boxing Day Ball, a malicious trick uncovers Olivia’s skeleton. Humiliated, she flees Society – disgraced. Enquiries to her whereabouts turn up nothing. Lady Olivia has disappeared.
The Captain's Coincidence (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume II)
Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,300. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
When Captain Richard Gaines meets Amanda Wood he knows it is no coincidence. When her husband is thought to be a nefarious pirate, Richard must face his own fears and fight to protect her.
The Lady's Masquerade (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume 1)
Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,840. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
When Lady Penelope Leighton masquerades as a traveling companion, she doesn't expect to fall in love with a lowly steward and when he asks for her hand, she must decide whether to give up her life in the aristocracy or follow her heart.
Lady Cadoret's Longing
Series: The Hesitant Husbands, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,850. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Losing herself in grief when her fiancé Peter is killed, Lady Dorcas Cadoret looks to the only man who can help her through it. His brother Daniel.
The Earl's Engagement (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume V)
Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,820. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
When Lord Bailey decides to act as fake fiancé for a friend in trouble, falling in love with her was not part of the plan.
A Wife for Winsbarren
Series: The Hesitant Husbands, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,700. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Rich, titled, and handsome, Winsbarren wanders through Society searching for a wife. He doesn't understand why he can't find one. When one of his friends takes up his cause, Winsbarren realizes the woman he was looking for was right under his nose the whole time.
Romancing Lady Ryder
Series: The Hesitant Husbands, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,800. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Being a spy is never easy, and Lord Greenleigh holds secrets that several foreign governments would kill for. When he meets the lovely Lady Ryder, Greenleigh realizes she has secrets of her own. As she becomes embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse, will Greenleigh be able to save her?
The Duke's Divorce (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume IV)
Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 91,080. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
A simple trip to the Scottish Highlands finds the Duke of Cantin with a bride he does not want. With her impeccable beauty, and fiery disposition, Fiona takes society by storm. As their prearranged divorce proceedings draw near, can Fiona change his mind?
Love Finds Lord Davingdale
Series: The Hesitant Husbands, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,990. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Davingdale wants nothing to do with Society. His fondest wish – to rebuild his dilapidated horse barn. Until he meets the enigmatic “Miss Ophelia Cummings”. When their paths cross, Thomas is drawn to her like no one before. However, Fate deals a cruel blow when a chance meeting is thwarted by mere moments. Will Thomas discover who the lady truly is?
The Lady's Fate (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume III)
Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,450. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
When Lady Violet Flowers becomes governess to the Marquess of Haverlane's daughter, her gentle care and affection for the little girl turn the curmudgeonly Marquess' eye in her direction. However, a woman from his past wants Haverlane and will do anything to get him. Will Fate intervene?