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?
The last novel in the Reluctant Grooms Series --The Seduction of Mr. Summerville -- is available for pre-order now with publication on Christmas. After that, I'm taking a vacation. And then I'm going to begin a new series with the first book, hopefully to come out by fall of 2015.
Published 2014-12-07.
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Books by This Author

When All Hope Is Lost
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,890. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Lady Olivia is a woman bereft – she’s lost the man she loved, her home of nearly forty years, and her title. Never one to back down from a fight, this time she walks away. There’s nothing left for her in London. She plans to live out the rest of her solitary life at a quaint little estate near Brighton. Until the unthinkable happens and the man of her dreams walks through her front door.
A Romantic Regency Collection
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,680. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
The Hesitant Husbands stories together in one volume. A Wife for Winsbarren, Love Finds Lord Davingdale, Romancing Lady Ryder, Lady Cadoret's Longing
The Seduction of Mr. Summerville (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume VIII)
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,870. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
American shipbuilder, Stephen Summerville has a bit of a dilemma when he meets two very beautiful English sisters. However, when confronted by the aristocratic father he never knew, deciding on a wife seems like a small task in comparison to what he must decide for his future.
The Lady's Secret
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,590. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Regency
From the moment Lady Ariana Leighton met Mr. Stephen Summerville, she lost her heart. However, when Mr. Summerville was introduced to her younger sister Arabella, Ariana knew that Stephen had lost his. Ariana surrendered the notion of love with Stephen Summerville. Yet, she left a tiny piece of her heart open – hope would always remain.
Lady Olivia's Undoing
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,480. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014. 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)
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $3.99 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.
When Such Friends Were Met
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,400. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Regency
When Dianne Lessard secures a job as a French teacher for a private school, her life begins again. However, when her teaching methods go awry can Dianne rise above her failures and conquer the headmistress's disappointment? A dashing Naval Captain also poses an interesting dilemma -- and Dianne is caught between her independence and marriage and family.
The Lady's Masquerade (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume 1)
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,830. 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
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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)
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,740. 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
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Series: The Hesitant Husbands, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,790. 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
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Series: The Hesitant Husbands, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,870. 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)
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,110. 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
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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?
A Husband for Miss Trent
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Price: Free! Words: 38,140. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
A surprising invitation to a Society Ball spurs spinster Miss Ophelia Trent into trying one last time to find a husband. She meets the "perfect" man, but finds her heart belongs to a lowly stableman. Is there such a thing as love at first sight?
The Lady's Fate (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume III)
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Series: The Reluctant Grooms. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,460. 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?