Interview with Lucinda Race

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.
Published 2015-10-04.
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Books by This Author

The Loudon Series Books 1-7
Series: The Town of Loudon. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 379,610. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Discover the charming town of Loudon as the residents find romance and lasting love. Seven books in one box set.
Magic in the Rain
Series: The Town of Loudon. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,430. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
After a cryptic letter appears in her mailbox and flowers are delivered anonymously, Dani Michaels’ secret past threatens to collide with her future. Out of options and tired of running Dani confesses the danger she’s in to her friend, Ellie McKenna. With Ellie by her side, Dani finds help from Loudon’s finest policemen, namely Ellie’s fiancé, Pad Stone, and his partner, the handsome Paul Green
Love in the Looking Glass
Series: The Town of Loudon. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,400. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After losing her father at the tender age of five years old, Ellie McKenna is determined to protect her heart from further pain. Evan as an adult, Ellie has held any man at arm's length by burying herself in her career. Until then handsome Padraic Stone comes to town.
Ready to Soar
Series: The Town of Loudon. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,710. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Kate McKenna Price is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Her in-laws expect her husband Don to return to the family business, a winery located three hours due west from Loudon. As their marriage deteriorates under the strain of infertility, a childhood friend of Don's has a secret that could destroy Kate's marriage.
The Last First Kiss
Series: The Town of Loudon. Price: Free! Words: 27,340. Language: American English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
After Kate McKenna’s dream job slips through her fingers and the man she loves breaks her heart, she comes back to Loudon. Kate decides to return to her hometown and begins to work for her mother at What’s Perkin’. Kate’s life starts down a new path, that is, until Donovan Price rolls into town. Will her heart be shattered again, or will she find the courage to embrace her future?
Between Here and Heaven
Series: The Town of Loudon. Price: Free! Words: 18,200. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ten years of heaven on earth dissolved in an instant for Cari McKenna when her husband Ben died. She knows she needs to be an inspiration for her young children, but she can't seem to shake her grief. The only moments she feels whole are when she's baking the cookies and quick breads her children love.
The Journey Home
Series: The Town of Loudon. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,000. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Abby Stevens's life fell apart when her sister and her sister's husband died in a car crash. Since her parents recently died as well, all she has left is her toddler nephew Devin, whom her sister left in her custody. In search of a fresh start, she makes the decision to move back from Boston to her childhood home in Loudon. What she doesn't expect is to reconnect with her old friends.
Lost and Found
Series: The Town of Loudon. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,070. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In the years after Cari McKenna lost her husband, she threw her energy into raising her family and starting a thriving coffee shop. Now, her grown children have moved out and her daughters are pushing her to brave the perils of internet dating. Even Cari is forced to admit that her life might be a little too placid. Until, that is, a tree falls across her roof…