Interview with romance author Ann Montclair

Today’s guest is Ann Monclair. She’s on a virtual book tour for her newest romance, Good Things Come in Tall Packages.


And she will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the
tour. All you have to do to be entered to win is to leave an e-mail address with a comment below. And if you’d like more chances to win, you can follow her tour and comment at other stops.
Welcome, Ann. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up
sneak-reading all my mom’s steamy romance novels. She kept them high on a shelf
in her closet and warned, “You better not read those…” Of course, I
read them. And now I write them! I strive to take readers on a fun, emotionally
charged, and highly sensual ride to happily ever after. Available now: TThe Billionaire’s Bauble (Soul Mate Publishing 2011), One Wet Summer (Musa
Publishing 2012), and Good Things Come in Tall Packages (Musa Publishing 2012).
Next up: Lady in Deed, my debut novel in historical romance set in Tudor
England (Musa Publishing Winter 2012).

I am a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a community college
English professor. I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York with my sexy
hero and our teenage son. Our grown daughter lives in Los Angeles,
California–my hometown.

Thanks for learning a little about me. You can contact me at
ann@annmontclair.com.


Please tell
us about your current release.
Good Things Come in Tall Packages is about two people who are complete
opposites, but despite those differences find common ground. I wanted to write
a story where the ideal isn’t perfect harmony but dissonance. We’ve all seen
those couples where you’re scratching your head, thinking, “How did that happen?” But it works. They’re
perfect. Perfectly imperfect.

Blurb:
Dr. Joe
Connors and socialite lawyer Lucy Alcott come from two different worlds, two
very different cultures. But will those differences keep them apart when their
attraction is too strong to be denied?
When
socialite Savannah attorney Lucy Alcott entered the Hyatt looking for fun,
martinis, and hot sex, the last thing she expected to find was Dr. Joe Connors.
Joe is Lucy’s opposite in every way: he’s dark, she’s pale; he’s tall and
reserved, she’s tiny and vivacious; he wears his compassion and deep
spirituality on his sleeve, she wears designer bags and clothes. That night at
the Hyatt Lucy found herself not in the arms of a casual encounter but reaching
out to a man who challenged the walls she had built around her heart—and when
he gave her his number, Lucy knew Joe deserved a woman as warm and tender as he
was. So she threw his number away. When an unexpected meeting six months later
brings them together again, will Joe overcome Lucy’s fear of losing her heart,
or are their two very different worlds destined to keep them apart forever? 

What
inspired you to write this book?
I was born
at a time when my Puerto Rican mother and Irish father were considered an interracial
couple. My father’s parents refused to meet me for two years. They hoped my mom
and me would disappear. But we didn’t. My parents will be married fifty years
next year—just a few months before I turn fifty! I’m a love child from a
forbidden union. That’s what inspired Joe and Lucy.

Excerpt:
The doors
whooshed open, and Joe swept his arm out in front of him, indicating Lucy
should precede him into the elevator. She inclined her head to acknowledge his
chivalry. Inside the elevator, the quiet assaulted her senses. She leaned
against the shiny walnut wall, and a sigh of relief escaped her lungs.
“And the
world is still,” Joe murmured. “Let me remove your shoes.”
Lucy
lifted her left foot, and Joe knelt before her and took off the pump. She shrunk
five inches before raising her other foot, so Joe could squeeze it from the
rich, red leather.
“Ah,” she
whispered in relief, “that feels a lot better.”
He stayed
bent on his knee as if he were about to propose and rubbed the ball of first
one tired foot and then the other. Lucy wasn’t wearing stockings, and the firm
massaging motion he applied to her foot felt like a little bit of heaven. If
she believed in such a place.
Struck by
the juxtaposition of her white foot in his black hands, enamored by the
lightness of his palms as they stroked the pink soles of her feet, she noted
together they created a rainbow—a cascade of color, vibrant and beautiful to
her eye.
“Thank
you, Joe. You’re hired.”
He laughed in his low, bass voice, and the combination of his masterful
administrations on her feet and the melody of his jazzy chuckle, proved to be a
potent formula. A quiver ran through her body.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m in
edits for my Tudor romance, A Lady in
Deed
. It will be released December 7, 2012. 

Here’s my blurb-in-progress:
Lady Mary
Rutherford planned to be a nun until the reformist movement closed her
cloister, forcing her to live with her mysterious benefactor and his rakish
son. Lord Trenton Stanley returned home from a decade of service to King Henry
VIII to find his estate in ruins, his family depleted, and a provocative
novitiate under his roof. Can duty and honor be enough to sustain them, or will
their ideals be compromised for love?
When did
you first consider yourself a writer?
I received
an MFA in Creative Writing and published lots of poems before I attempted
romance novels. I think publishing helps solidify the idea, “I’m a writer,” but
the intention and the emotion is born long before anyone ever publishes. Writers
write. I always wrote. Most days, my whole life. Publication just made it
“official.”
Do you
write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other
than write and how do you find time to write?
I am a full-time professor of English for the State University system of New York. SUNY
pays my bills and writing sustains my heart. I write in the evenings and on
weekends. Right now, my son and husband are watching the original Rocky movie, and I’m writing on my
laptop on the couch. That’s my life. It works.
What would
you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I can’t
stop writing if my characters are in crisis. I have to write to a happy or
settled scene, so I can sleep without anxiety or nightmares. My characters are
real to me, and I worry about them if I leave them in a bad place. I don’t know
how thriller and horror writers do it! I’d be a wreck.
As a child,
what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to
be a writer who lived in a little cabin in the woods. Guess what? That’s what I
am. It took 45 years, but when it happened, I believed all that Oprah stuff
about putting your intentions out to the Universe then seeing them come true.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
I write for
you, to help you believe in true love, to believe love will come when you least
expect it, and when it arrives, hold on tight and work for it every day. Love
is the ultimate reward. I believe we all deserve it.

Thanks, Ann. 

Readers, don’t forget: Ann will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. All you have to do to be entered to win is to leave an e-mail address with a comment below. And if you’d like more chances to win, you can follow her tour and comment at other stops.


9 thoughts on “Interview with romance author Ann Montclair

  1. Ann Montclair says:

    I am off to work, but I wanted to stop in first and say thanks to my hosts, and I also wanted to let you know I'll check in throughout the day to say hello to any commenters or answer additional questions readers and writers might have. 🙂

    –Ann Montlcair

  2. Chrystina says:

    Love the excerpt! You've got a lovely way with words 🙂 My parents let me read romance, but I still remember hiding away in my room to read them lol. I think they were just happy that I liked to read, and didn't care what I read as long as I was reading 🙂
    bookliaison(AT)Yahoo(DOT)com

  3. Mary Preston says:

    That's a fabulous writing quirk. I'd want to see my characters to a safe place too before I left them. I'm the same with my reading. I have to read to a place of relative comfort or safety.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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