Q: Lauren, I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
A: Sure! I’m currently trying my hand at writing a contemporary New Adult book and have slated another Regency for my League of Rogues Series and a modern gothic romance on my to-do list. I’m a busy gal!
Q: When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
A: I watched the movie Titanic when I was ten and after seeing Leo DiCaprio die at the end I thought…well that’s just not good. I set out pen and paper and started to re-write the entire story from scratch. I was determined to make the ending better. In other words, Leo doesn’t slip off the floating door, but he stays with Rose. A happily ever after!
Q: Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
A: Write what you love. People say it a lot, but I think you really have to think about the answer. I kept writing love stories, but had never read any romances. When I did, it was like a lightbulb clicked on over my head. I love love stories. Writers shouldn’t try to write something they don’t like. You are passionate about the things you love and it shows in your writing when you really enjoy it.
Q: Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
A: Perfect heroes, good looks aside (please don’t judge me haha, but I’m a sucker for six pack abs and chiseled jawlines), need to have the ability to help the heroine become a better strong person. He can still make her feel vulnerable and delicate in the right ways, but at the end of the day she needs to feel that he’s a partner with her in life, not someone who just shows up to rescue her (even if he does save her a time or two). There must be something more, a depth to him and how he interacts with the heroine that makes her better.
Q: What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
A: Aside from writing, I do the occasional sketch or painting. I also love to get out and exercise. I pretty much can get excited about anything.
Q: What has been your biggest adventure to date?
A: I’ve had some crazy experiences. I think the coolest thing was probably going down into a crypt in Ireland and touching a 400 year old mummy’s finger for good luck. Due to the unique environment of the crypt, she looked almost normal, not dried out like usual mummies.
Q: If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
A: Cambridge, England. I spent two summers there doing study abroad and I swear I left a piece of my heart there. If I had had the funds and the academic ability to transfer permanently, I might never have come home. Something about that place pulls me in, like gravity.
Q: When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
A: I can be adventurous, but if I know a certain texture or taste doesn’t work for me, I don’t keep trying it. Erog, sushi and other fish items just never end up on my menu.
Q: What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
A: Hot showers. I could never go without a hot shower. Try it for a few days. Hot baths are not the same lol. My idea romantic evening is dinner out and then cuddling up on the couch watching an old black and white movie (probably a film noir). There’s nothing better than that.
Q: How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
A: Imaginative. My family would probably say scatterbrained (they’d say this lovingly of course). I just jump from topic to topic sometimes at the speed of light.
Q: What is your favorite comfort food?
A: Pizza and chocolate ice cream. Sure it’s not original, but it’s darn good!
Q: What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
A: Spring. I like it just before it starts to turn to summer, when the breeze is warm and the sun is hot, but not too hot. I like to lay out by the pool and just soak in the sun and listen to the chatter of birds.
Q: What project are you working on next?
A: I’m currently trying to write a contemporary New Adult book. We’ll see what happens. I’d love to write those sort of stories, but it’s a big transition from adult Regency romance.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
A: I have a full time day job that keeps me super busy as far as personal appearances go, but I’m hopping around the net. If you find me on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LaurenDianaSmith you can see my posts about various blogs or sites I’ll be visiting and any giveaways I might be having. If you go to my site www.laurensmithbooks.com and sign up for my newsletter, I’ll be sure to announce any personal appearances or book news in the coming future.
About WICKED DESIGNS: The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much? For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple—find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books.
It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes.
Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends, and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with. He has no plans to marry anytime soon—if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler’s niece, the difficult debutante’s blend of sweetness and sharp tongue make him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love.
Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric’s shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard—and rob him of the woman he can’t live without.
About the author: Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets—a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. ( Twitter | Facebook | Website )