I’m excited to welcome LuAnn McLane to her debut visit to Romance University. If you aren’t familiar with LuAnn’s books, you’re in for a treat. Scroll down to the end of the post for details of her giveaway!
From the moment I read Cinderella I became enchanted with the notion of happily ever after, especially against all odds. As I grew older (even though I still adore fairy tales and later wrote Redneck Cinderella) my dear aunt introduced me to Harlequin Romance. I gobbled up series romance up the dozens, probably because of the fascination with the older, masculine hero rescuing the younger heroine and of course, the happily ever after.
I began having stories and characters twirling around in my head (I thought this was normal but apparently it’s not) and I knew I wanted to write romance novels and so I gave it a shot. But life and raising four children got in the way and I put my manuscripts under the bed to gather dust. I continued to read but the desire to write stayed firmly rooted at the back of my brain and the characters knocked on my scull, begged to come to life on the page.
But by the time my children were old enough for me have the time to take my writing seriously, I was forty and had an it’s-now-or-never moment. But writing about twenty-somethings didn’t appeal to me as much as delving into the lives of more mature characters. I was told that younger heroines sell and so I went with the flow, sneaking in older characters here and there. When I pleaded to write about second chance romances with older couples, my editor gave me the opportunity with Catch of a Lifetime, the second novel in my Cricket Creek series. The story opens with my heroine just turning forty. She’d had a child while still a teenager and never thought she’d get the second chance at love… and of course she does!
In fact, every one of my Cricket Creek novels now features a secondary plot with couples in their 50’s and 60’s. I enjoy exploring the lives of characters who have been through divorce, dating, blended families, job loss, financial issues, adjusting to retirement, menopause, raising children and joy of having grandchildren. And these aren’t sweet romances… oh no, these couples enjoy steamy love scenes and lively banter. I truly believe that love can come at any age and be just as fulfilling late in life as it was in our twenties.
In Wish Upon a Wedding, my upcoming May Cricket Creek release, my editor gave me the opportunity to give the secondary romance nearly as many pages as the main story. Readers had actually asked for my secondary plots to have more of the storyline and a satisfying ending. Older couples lend a richness to the story and I also know that many of my readers are in this same age group. Young lovers shouldn’t get to have all the fun!
But seriously, as a divorced mom of four children, I knew that when the time came that I would want to seek out romance and have a second chance at falling in love. I’d been married for twenty-six years and the thought of dating again in my mid-forties was absolutely terrifying! Because of my own experiences (some of the dates were a hilarious fail) I feel as if I can put more of my personal humor and emotion into writing what I’ve lived and hoped for in my own life. I want readers of my books to have the chance to identify with and root for the heroine as they read through the Cricket Creek series.
It’s been interesting to see the evolution of romance novels over the forty plus years that I been reading them. I’m proud to be a part of a genre that tackles real life and issues that both women and men face on a daily basis. Heroines today are feisty and independent… and yes still looking for love in their twilight years.
I’ve lived in Naples, Florida for the past few years and I’m always delighted to see older couples in their seventies and eighties holding hands while strolling down Fifth Avenue or dancing at local restaurants. Love and laughter… it’s a beautiful thing at any age.
I really enjoy hearing from and interacting with readers. I’ve gotten so many ideas and inspiration from chatting with and becoming friends with readers from all over the country. I’m active on social media on a daily basis. You can reach me at: www.luannmclane.com
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerlu/
On Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/writerlu/
On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20566.Luann_McLane
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorluannmclane
Thanks so much to Romance University for the opportunity to have this lively discussion! I will be doing a workshop at the Romantic Times convention in Vegas with my author friend Morgan Malone on the topic of seasoned romance! Our motto is: Wine like love gets better with age!
I would really like to write a series with the main characters to be of a certain age… so what do you think? Would you enjoy reading romances with couples in their forties, fifties and beyond? Let me know your thoughts! I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Walking on Sunshine, a Cricket Creek novel and also randomly choose a winner of a copy of Written in the Stars to anyone who follows me on social media.
Tessa Shapcott will be our featured guest on Monday, March 28
LuAnn McLane writes romantic comedy for NAL/Signet Eclipse and is currently penning her eleventh novel in her popular Cricket Creek series. She’s also is excited to become part of Tule Publishing with the release of her Happily Ever After series in the Southern Born imprint. She debuts with A Royal Christmas Gift, the prequel to A Prince in Plain Sight.
Her books have appeared on best selling lists including USA Today, Nielsen BookScan, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Her books have been featured selections for Rhapsody and Doubleday Book clubs. Her love of country music led her to collaboration with superstar Wynonna Judd with the novel Restless Heart. She lives in Naples, Florida and when she isn’t writing… she enjoys entertaining family and friends, cooking, reading, music, travel and University of Kentucky basketball.
A little lie leads to delicious complications in the latest Cricket Creek romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Written in the Stars.
Heartbroken handyman Avery Dean can’t get away from his ex—who just happens to be the maid of honor in his sister’s upcoming wedding. As the best man, Avery has to grin and bear his sister’s misguided attempts to get them back together, until the perfect excuse presents itself in a pretty out-of-towner.
With her time in Cricket Creek, Kentucky, coming to an end, hair stylist Sophia Gordon can’t deny the town’s charms, or her attraction to Avery Dean. That’s why she finds herself saying yes to dinner, and then, a wedding date.
Sophia agrees to be Avery’s pretend girlfriend until the big day is over, but when their make-believe fling shows signs of real passion, Sophia starts to wonder if staying in Cricket Creek could make all her wishes come true.
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