Houston Author Shana Galen reached a dizzying honor when nominated for a national award by peers, not once, but twice.
The honor? The list? USA Today Happy Ever After Blog.
A pinnacle achievement for any author. But twice on the same list? This merited a visit!
Interrupting a busy schedule, Shana Galen graciously answered a few questions about this honor, herself, and her books.
What’s it like to be nominated? How does this happen? What books were featured?
It really is an honor to have your fellow authors recognize your work. I believe Joyce Lamb, who coordinates the Happy Ever After blog, asked romance authors to send her their favorite reads from 2012. I did not know any of mine would be chosen and certainly didn't expect it.
Fellow author, Tracey Devlyn listed When You Give a Duke a Diamond as one of her favorite reads of 2012. Author Shona Husk listed The Rogue Pirate's Bride as one of her faves.
What are these books about? Or should I ask, what do you write exactly?
The Rogue Pirate's Bride is the last in my Sons of the Revolution series. It was inspired by all those wonderful, swashbuckling pirates I've watched on screen and read about in books. When You Give a Duke a Diamond is the first in my Jewels of the Ton series about glamorous courtesans in 19th century England. It was inspired by Grace Dalrymple Elliott, who was a real person and a courtesan and spy during that time period.
Without giving away anything too confidential (or even better, please do!) can you give us a bit about what your fans can expect to see in the upcoming future?
I have lots of projects planned! In March the second Jewels of the Ton, If You Give a Rake a Ruby, will be released. Then in September True Spies, a novel related to my best-selling Lord and Lady Spy will be out. In January, I have a novella due for release. It's tentatively titled A Spy By Any Other Name. And then in spring 2014 the third Jewels of the Ton book will be out, Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend.
About Shana Galen:
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.