Today I’m interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author Alina K. Field about her new release, Liliana’s Letter.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: A month ago I would have said I’ve only been writing fiction for the last several years—except, that a couple of weeks ago while clearing out old paperwork I found a file with stories that I started thirty or forty years ago and never finished!
Q: Tell us about your road to publication.
A: I wrote a few contemporary novels and pitched them with no success. Then I saw a call for submissions from Avon’s e-publishing line for stories set in any era with a ring as a story element. The Regency novella I wrote, Rosalyn’s Ring was rejected by Avon. At my next local RWA chapter meeting, I mentioned the rejection to an author who’d just sold three novellas to various publishers. She encouraged me to resubmit, which I did, and a month later, Soul Mate Publishing picked up the rights.
Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
- Write a first draft and push through to the end, beating your perfectionist inner self into silence. You never know what you’re capable of until you type “The End”.
- If you’re a plotter, plot. If you’re a pantser, go ahead and write by the seat of your pants. Do it your way.
- Unless you’re really thick-skinned, protect the work from toxic people. You know who they are.
- Keep learning, keep reading, and join a writer’s organization for education and support. It’s wonderful to hang out with people who are weird like you.
- And last, the one I still struggle with most: get feedback, but if a critique group isn’t working for you, move on guilt-free. I’ve entered contests and hired editors for feedback, and I’m still looking for that perfect critique matchup.
Q: Tell us about your latest release.
A: After my Regency novel Bella’s Band came out, one of the secondary characters was nagging me (I mentioned writers are weird, right?) to tell the story of his recent romance and marriage. Liliana’s Letter is that story.
And may I add, Liliana’s Letter is a National Reader’s Choice Award Finalist in the novella category!!! I’m attending the award ceremony today in San Diego, and I’ll check in and report on the outcome in the comments.
LILIANA’S LETTER BLURB
The Matchmaker meets the Matchbreaker
A promise to his long-dead sister forces Lord Grigsby into society to broker his disreputable nephew’s marriage to an heiress—if only the young lady’s starchy hired companion would move out of the way.
Liliana’s future depends on her wealthy charge’s successful marriage, but her own close encounter with a scoundrel steels her resolve to save the girl from the jaded man—if only she herself can dodge his handsome uncle.
LILIANA’S LETTER EXCERPT
The woman at Grigsby’s side was like a lightning rod expecting a bolt to strike, or like a Fury about to deliver one. This close, scent wafted from her, roses and lemon, he’d guess. Tall, straight, and stiff, underneath her self-possession was a temper ready to unleash. He would bet on it.
Intriguing. He dared to poke her ire. “You clearly don’t approve of the match. Do you intend to openly oppose it?”
Her head whipped around, and she glared. “It’s not for me to approve or disapprove. Katie—Miss Mercer—will decide.”
Passion flashed in her eyes, sending an answering spark through him. She was magnificent—though so very mistaken. “Really? Then her father is more liberal than I expected.”
She looked him over more closely. “What do you know of this matter?”
I might ask you the same question. Her tone had been stiff, like the crystallized dome covering bubbling lava. He fixed her with his sternest glare, not entirely surprised at her cheek.
His glower didn’t impress her. She lifted her shoulders higher. Stood a little taller, proud, lovely, and filled with indignation.
Quite righteous indignation. He gave into an unmanly sigh, truly weary of his responsibility for Thomas. “I know a good deal, Miss Ashford. I have been negotiating for these nuptials. The arrangement is my doing as much as Mr. Mercer’s. Much more than it is my nephew’s. He is probably the least culpable, except for his abominable behavior.”
She clenched her hands tightly. “I see.”
“Thomas’s mother was my older sister. I made a promise to her that I would look after him.” Her gaze softened, and she bit her lip in a way that made him want to taste the part that she was nipping.
And where had that thought come from?
“And your nephew needs money and an heir.”
He nodded. As a woman of the ton, of course she would understand how marriage worked. Marriage wasn’t about love, or the bride’s approval, or a plump lower lip that begged to be kissed.
“He needs money most of all. He has a younger brother in the army who would make a far more dutiful earl.”
He covered his mouth with his hand. The words had rolled out, shocking him. He rarely spoke this frankly with any woman.
Very well, he never spoke this frankly with any woman.
She released a soft breath. “And there is the matter of the ore.”
His mouth gaped and he quickly closed it. Mr. Mercer had shared that information? Well. “That part of the county is rich with newly discovered veins of iron.”
That information brought her up straighter. She looked away, gazing intently at a thick, dark spot of foliage, making him want to pry into that sharp mind.
“I see,” she said. “I believe we should go back in now.”
Not yet. He tucked her hand over his arm but did not move. “I had hoped we were not finished talking. I’ve learned your Christian name is Liliana, but I don’t know anything else about you. I don’t know where you’re from or anything about your family.”
He sensed her bristling, and waited for some reaction, perhaps a slap, verbal, or, with a woman of her passion, even a physical one. Strictly speaking, he was importuning her, and damn if he wasn’t enjoying the nerves rippling through her.
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Award winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but she found her true passion in reading and writing romance. Though her roots are in the Midwest, after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband and a blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.
She is the author of the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner in the novella category, Rosalyn’s Ring, a Regency novella, the novel-length sequel, a 2015 RONE Award finalist, Bella’s Band, both Soul Mate Publishing releases, and a prequel novella, Liliana’s Letter, a 2016 National Reader’s Choice Award finalist.
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