Interview with Lucinda Race

Published 2015-10-04.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am an avid reader Nora Roberts, Robyn Carr, James Patterson, JD Robb and Steven King along with classics such as Little Women and Emily Bronte line my bookshelves.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook and iPad as well as a Samsung tablet and I recently acquired a Kindle. Can you tell I need options?
Describe your desk
To be honest my desk is portable, anywhere I can open my lap top or a note pad. I do have desk space in our spare room in front of the window that looks out over our backyard. It is a great place to dream and get inspired.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the New England, the youngest girl of two older brothers. I have always been a fan of reading, using a flashlight under the covers to read Nancy Drew books. At the breakfast table I would read cereal boxes. When I couldn't get to the library I'd "borrow" my mother's Good Housekeeping magazines. I loved the short stories they used to publish each month and would devour them whenever I could.
When did you first start writing?
When my kids were small I used to make up bedtime stories and started to jot them down. When I first started writing about severn years ago I thought I would write children's stories but romantic fiction is my true love. I still write about the princess and her knight in shining armor and of course there is always a happy ending.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am in the final stages of, The Last First Kiss. This novella is a continuation in The Loudon Series and the main character of this installment is Kate McKenna.
When I began writing the series Kate was married to Donovan Price and I felt their story was special and deserved to be told. I will admit I wrote The Last First Kiss after completing Ready to Soar. I wanted my readers to fall in love with them as they fell in love with each other.

Watch for more to come on Ready to Soar in the coming months.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being an indie author I can design the cover, develop the story and be involved in distribution.
In my other life, the one that pays the bills, I'm a marketing professional, I've learned a lot about marketing all types of products so why not put those skills to work for my books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first foray into using Smashwords- Hopefully it will give me additional exposure to potential new readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I talk with someone who has read my books and they tell me how it touched their heart. That is the greatest thanks I could ever receive.
What do your fans mean to you?
Writing a book is just words on a page unless there is someone who reads those words and it touches their heart. Fans are very important to the process for all writers.
I was read a book by Steven King and something he wrote made me think about writing a little differently.

The first draft we write is for ourselves, once a book is edited it is written for someone else to read.
What are you working on next?
Ready to Soar- It is the story of Kate McKenna Price and her struggle to change her life and come to terms with what is out of her control. It is due to be released Winter 2015
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The opportunity to write books and spend time with the people I love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I are avid campers, walking, biking, spending time with our children and grandchildren, gardening and of course reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I poke around on Barnes and Nobel or Amazon. I can usually find something to read. I also read reviews and let the guide me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Benjamin Bunny and the Blueberry Muffin- it was a children's story. It got a horrible review by one editor and I put my notebook and pen away for twenty years before I tried again. To be honest I needed to start writing down the stories that came to me in my dreams.
What is your writing process?
I outline a rough draft by chapters with a legal pad and pen. Its messy and my handwriting is awful but it works as it gives me the frame work of where to begin. Then it becomes organic. I let the characters take the wheel and lead me to where they have to go on their journey. Sometimes they surprise me and if I try to get them to do in the path I think they should, they're stubborn and we still end traveling down their given path. It's fun and exciting to watch each character evolve and much like raising children.
How do you approach cover design?
I love taking pictures when we travel. With this being the fourth cover I've designed I know exactly what fits with the story and once I have the photo I have an illustration created which adds a personal touch to the cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm sorry I can't pick just five- The Three Sister Trilogy by Nora Roberts and all Nancy Drew books. I also love the Chronicles of Narnia.

Nancy Drew the set- when I was a kid I thought Nancy and Ned were the best sleuths around and they are the first full length books I read. I still have the original set and my daughters have read them too. Someday when I have granddaughters I'll pass them down.
I love the connection of the main characters of Three Sisters have to each other, I'm intrigued by the connection we have to other people who come into our lives and the connection to the world around us. We should "listen" with our heart more- there is much to discover.
And who doesn't love escaping to Narnia- with Edward, Lucy, Susan and of course Peter.
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