“I don’t think I’d be able to sleep at night if I didn’t write.”
Contemporary romance writer, Galen Rose, dropped by to chat about writing, romance and her biggest influences. Rose lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with her husband, son and 3.5 cats. She’s an avid cook, gardener and loves to travel.
MN: Writers are often told, “Write what you know.” How much of what you write stems from your experience?
GR: Some of it falls under location, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Ireland. Places I have lived and traveled. I choose occupations I am familiar with for my characters too. But that doesn’t mean I won’t go further and delve into research for a new work. Like taking shooting lessons to learn more about guns.
MN: Once you have your premise, what’s your process? Are you a plotter or a “pantser” going with your instincts as you write?
GR: I am a pantzer all the way. A story line will pop into my head and I’ll run with it till the end. Then I’ll go back and see if where I started is really the beginning. My book, A Place to Rest My Heart, had a vastly different and darker opening than what eventually went to print. The opening that I cut out could very well inspire a new book.
MN: What or who inspires you to write romance?
GR: Writers like Nora Roberts, Jennifer Crusie and Janet Evanovich inspire me but mostly I hate unrequited love and combined with a vivid imagination, I write. I don’t think I’d be able to sleep at night if I didn’t write.
MN: What is it about an alpha male that makes your heart melt?
GR: Strength and truth.
MN: Which of your characters is your favorite? Why?
GR: My favorite is a secondary character, Mason Storm (that one day may get her own book). She is a former assassin that chucks it all to try and live a normal life.
MN: What else do you do besides write?
GR: Garden, photograph flowers, travel.
MN: Who are you reading right now?
GR: I am reading quite a bit by Carla Neggers right now as well as trying to get through the stack of books I got at the RWA convention.
MN: What’s your ideal writing environment like?
GR: My office. It is at the back of the house and for the most part quiet. I can open the door and hear birds and this week I got to hear our first rain of the season. Plus if I can leave the door open, the cats will quit demanding I open the door for them!
MN: Celebrity crush?
GR: Wow, that’s a tough one, but probably Chris Pine.
MN: Who are the biggest influences on your work?
GR: My friends first, they read my writing and demand more, and also my fellow RWA Monterey chapter members.
MN: Thanks for dropping by!!
When Laney Murphy walks into Muldoon’s Pub in San Francisco, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. Laney has always believed that Murphy’s Law was written with her in mind. The offer of a job and a place to stay from the Muldoon family seems too good to be true, but when she meets Sean Muldoon, the suspicious and distrustful son of the pub owners, she wonders if she was right—he clearly detests her.
Sean is on the fast track as a body guard with Woo Security, and he isn’t going to allow some grifter to get in his way or to mess with his family.
But he soon discovers that Laney is not all sharp tongue and sarcasm, and he finds himself wanting to kiss her more than deck her. But soon, Laney’s past comes back to haunt her and it will take her putting her life on the line to save Sean and the family she has come to love.
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