Wednesday, May 9, 2012

SPOTLIGHT: Courting His Favourite Nurse by Lynne Marshall

Lynne Welcome to HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews, Thank you for stopping by my blog to chat about your new release "Courting His Favourite Nurse".

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Book Blurb:
Anne Grady knew better than anyone that love was complicated. When she'd left her hometown, she thought she was leaving her past heartbreak behind for good, as well. But practically the moment she returned to care for her injured parents, she stumbled headlong into their confidant--her first love, Jack Lightfoot.Jack had been unable to deny his feelings for Annie when he was a teenager dating her best friend, and he certainly couldn't muffle the spark twisting between them now--even if memories of the past kept threatening to push them apart. This time Jack wasn't going to let history repeat itself--he was going to show Annie that the two of them were meant to be much more than best friends!

Sara: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Lynn: I’m a multi-published author of contemporary and Medical Romance for Harlequin and The Wild Rose Press. I sold my first book to Harlequin Mills & Boon in 2005 and I’m very excited to now also write for the Special Edition line. I live in Southern California with my husband of many years, and I’m the proud mother of two adult children, Emily and John-Philip. I’m a dog lover, a cat admirer, a woman of faith, a Curves girl, I’m a curious and frequent tourist, and I’m known to take long, meandering walks, especially when it’s a beautiful day.

Sara: What inspired you to write your first book?
Lynne: I call it my late midlife crisis.  That story wouldn’t give me any peace of mind, I either had to write it down or go loopy.

Sara: Is your writing space messy, organized or somewhere in between? 
Lynne: When I’m deep in the throes of writing a book, my desk is messy.  In between books, I tidy up.  The Amazing thing is, I can usually find whatever I’m looking for if I look under enough piles and papers. 

Sara: Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
Lynne: The idea of the story comes first for me.  Occasionally a character will come walking out of the mist and introduce themselves to me first.  I like it when that happens.

Sara: What do you do when you are not writing?
Lynne: I’m always writing, if you count blogs and promo and all of that stuff.  However, I love to read and see movies and go on trips.  I take walks just about every day and I go to the gym.  I have a writing routine that says – 4 p.m. is quitting time.  After that, it’s free time to do any of the above.

Sara: Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? 
Lynne: Yes, my very first book, but I’d have to do a huge re-write to self-pub and I currently don’t have time.

Current work
Sara: If you had to sum up “Courting His Favorite Nurse” in 100 words or less, what would you say?
Lynne: CHFN is a reunion story that deals with unrequited love from high school.  It has a complicated teen triangle back story that gives two of those characters a second chance to work things out and finally get it right. There is heartache and plenty of unresolved issues to keep Anne and Jack working really hard for their happy-ever-after. As Anne’s grandmother always said, “Good things come to those who wait.”

Sara: What sparked the idea for your novel “Courting His Favorite Nurse”? 
Lynne: I had a vision of three teenagers all dressed for the prom – young, beautiful/handsome, smiling wide, gorgeous gowns and a tuxedo – and they were all bald.  I poked that image with a stick a bit and found out two of those teenagers had shaved their heads in support of the third.  I took it from there.

Sara: How did you come up with characters and the title for this book?
Lynne: My original title was – The Runaway Nurse Returns.  However, in category romance you hardly ever get to keep your title so my editors came up with Courting His Favorite Nurse.  In writing this book, I created an entire family with three siblings.  As I got to know Anne, I also discovered and got to know Lucas and Lark and their parents.  I was taking a summer extension course from UCLA at the time that focused on character development through questions, and that proved to be extremely helpful getting to know these characters.

Sara: What were the challenges you faced in bringing this book to life?
Lynne: I knew I wanted to write a trilogy, a book for each sibling, so I had to weave in the characters and already be aware of the entire family’s issues in the very first book.  The good part was, when it came time to write Lucas’ story, I had a lot of the groundwork already laid down. Now, as I begin writing Lark’s story, I feel like I already know her.

Sara: What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Lynne: I am currently under contract to write the seventh book in an eight book continuity for Mills & Boon Medical Romance.  All I can tell you is I was given my characters’ back story and I have to follow what the editors have provided me, so this is an entirely new challenge!

On a lighter note...

Sara: What do you do to unwind and relax?
Lynne: I exercise, read, and I love a glass of wine at the end of the day!

Sara: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you? 
Lynne: Right now, Meryl Streep, because I’m convinced she can play anyone!  The young version of me – Emma Watson.  (Yeah, I’m dreaming, I know)

Sara: If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? 
Lynne: The Girl Who Didn’t Know When to Give Up.

Sara: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Lynne: Dee J Adams, Wendy S. Marcus, Aimee Carson, Julie Miller, Darynda Jones, Donnell Bell, Lilly Gayle, Julie Rowe, and Vonnie Davis.  I could go on and on…

Sara: How do you get started with writing a story - DO YOU PLAN IT OR WING IT?
Lynne: I do a bit of both.  I must know the conflict and character flaws and have a vague idea of the ending.  After that I like surprises as I go along.

Sara: What is your favorite recent Mills & Boon, Silhouette, or MIRA title by another author?
Lynne: Any of Kristan Higgins books.

Sara: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Sara: Your favorite quotes?  
Lynne: “To all, I would say how mistaken they are when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love..." Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Sara: If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
Lynne: Travel!

Sara: Which super power do you like to have and why?
Lynne: Teleportation.  I love to go places but I hate the loss of a day getting anywhere via airplane.

Sara: What one thing that has happened in your life has made the biggest impact on who you are today?
Lynne: Becoming a mother

Sara: If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Lynne: Samuel Clemens – Can you imagine getting to spend time with Mark Twain?

Sara: Would you rather be ugly and loved or beautiful and lonely?
Lynne: Loved!

Sara: Rather find true love or be filthy rich? 
Lynne: Definitely find true love over being rich.

Sara: Invent an item that everybody uses or a song that everybody hums?
Lynne: Though I’m practical in many ways, I’d much rather write a song that everybody sings!  Now that would be a legacy.

Sara: Have a relationship with someone 10 years younger or 10 yrs older?
Lynne: At my age, it would have to be someone ten years younger!

Sara: Sing in the rain or dance in the streets
Lynne: Why can’t I do both?

Sara: Vanilla or Chocolate?
Lynne: Definitely chocolate! (the darker the better)

Sara: Red or white wine?
Lynne: White – more precisely – Chardonnay (from oakless vats)

Lynne please tell us about your other release and our Book Giveaway "An Indiscretion"

A doctor… A nurse… An indiscretion…
Paul Valverde is stretched to the limit, caring for an elderly relative while running a business and maintaining a full-time medical practice at St. Stephen’s Hospital–with no time for a relationship.

RN Carrington Hanover leaves her money-hungry fiancé at the altar and moves on to a new job at St. Stephen’s Hospital in Los Angeles. The next man in her life must love her, not her money.
All work and no play has made Paul an unfulfilled man, and the resurrected redheaded crush from his youth is driving him to distraction. Can their complicated past become untangled by their newfound attraction–or will their love be doomed by mistrust and long-held resentment?

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  1. I <3 the scrummy doctors!

  2. Sophie - I love smart and sexy doctors, too! Paul Valverde is one amazing man, let me tell you. :)

  3. Love reunion stories...all the emotional angst, old hurt feelings, a truckload of old baggage that has to be dealt with.

    Good luck!

    1. Cynthia - that truckload of baggage is tough on the author, I tell you! :)

      Kidding aside - I loved writing CHFN.

  4. Great interview, Lynne!
    I love the idea of two teenagers shaving their head in support of the third. Can't wait to read this book! I'm pretty sure it's on my Kindle - which is dead since I won't allow myself to read while I'm deep into writing my current story. If it's not there I for sure will be ordering it soon!

    1. Thanks, Wendy. I need to let my Kindle die for a while, too. Have a deadline looming and many many words to write!

  5. I really like medical romances because the main characters always feel like they have to fight so hard to be the hero, 24/7. Then someone comes along and makes them realize that there are more important things in life sometimes, and that they deserve a chance to feel HUMAN again!

    Thanks for giving us the chance to enter! :)

    1. Amanda - you put it so beautifully. That is the Medical Romance hero in a nutshell. Well done. Paul Valverde is all of those things, but he's a great dancer! :)

      You're welcome - I'm glad you entered.

  6. OMG! A dead Kindle.... Never. I even have a backup with my Nook :)

    1. Hi Sara!
      I'm the type of reader who gets into a story and has to read it straight through with minimal interruptions (for sleep and meals!) So I typically won't start a book unless I have a chunk of time available to read it all.

  7. Lynne,
    Great interview! I loved all the emotion you packed into this book! It's a terrific reunion story. Thanks for the shout out! Your books are favorites of mine!

  8. Hi Dee J - thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you critiqued CHFN for me!

  9. Lovely interview, Lynne. Almost as lovely as you! I'm honored you'd list me as a writer you enjoy, especially given that you write such lovable and layered characters all your readers can identify with. Therein lies a great talent: writing believable characters who draw us into their hearts so we cry, cringe and laugh right along with them. Wishing you great sales!

    1. Hi Vonnie! Right back at you on all counts!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Hi Lynne, I really enjoyed your interview. I think I fell in love with medical romances way back in the day by watching hospital-related soaps like "General Hospital" and "The Doctors" (does anyone remember that oldie?) I enjoy reading them because medical professionals have to be so in control when it comes to their jobs, that it's fun watching them "let go" and fall in love.

  11. Hi Nona! Yes, General Hospital was always a biggie, and I think it received a bunch of Emmies for Daytime TV recently, even though, I believe they've cancelled now? Everyone got hooked on soaps! I must admit I don't remember The Doctors though. Thanks so much for commenting.

  12. Hello Lynne!

    I haven't read a Medical romance in ages. I've been on a PNR binge lately. I love Medical romances because the characters are caretakers by nature. It automatically makes me like the characters. An Indiscretion sounds like a story I will love. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  13. Hi Stacie! Well, I hope you'll get back into the swing of Medical Romance - as you say there are some great stories out there. These days you can find them at Carina Press as well as The Wild Rose Press - along with - of course the wonderful Mills & Boon, Harlequin line.

    What is PNR? I'm figuring the R stands for romance - Pardon my ignorance. :/