Recently I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Sharon Cullen’s The Notorious Lady Anne, which releases February 11. I loved it! It was sexy, fun, and full of action. There’s nothing better than a pirate book, especially one this well-written with engaging characters and swashbuckling adventure. Today I’m privileged to interview Sharon about her new book.
Shana Galen: Hi Sharon. Tell us about The Notorious Lady Anne. Is this is the first book in a series or a stand-alone?
Sharon Cullen: Hi, Shana. First of all, thank you for your very kind words regarding The Notorious Lady Anne. I’m thrilled you loved it. This is the first book of two (hopefully more) but each book can stand alone.
Shana Galen: Give us all the details about your hero, Nicholas Addison. I love a tortured hero, and he’s in pain physically as well as emotionally.
Sharon Cullen: I love to torture my heroes. A captain with the royal navy, Nicholas’s ship was attacked by pirates and he was wounded so severely that the doctors had given up hope. But Nicholas’s brother continued to fight for him and eventually Nicholas healed enough. Not completely, but enough. His dream is to sail again and when he’s given the chance to captain a ship owned by a company hunted by pirates, he jumps at the chance.
Shana Galen: Emmaline Sutherland (aka Lady Anne) completely won me over. A female pirate! I love it. You were able to make her tough yet vulnerable. Was she inspired by any of the real-life female pirates?
Sharon Cullen: I did research lady pirates of that time, but they weren’t quite what I was looking for. I wanted a tough woman but also one who was vulnerable. A woman who could command men but who was helpless against that one man who managed to squirm beneath her barriers. Hence, the birth of Lady Anne.
Shana Galen: Your book opens in the mid-1700s. I adore the Regency, but it’s such fun to read a book set in a less popular period. Why did you choose to write in this period, and what drew you to historical romance?
Sharon Cullen: For all the books that have been written and the movies made of pirates, the age of piracy was actually a very short window in time. The Golden Age of Piracy ended in the 1720s, which falls within the Georgian time period. I sort of took some creative liberties and stretched that time by a decade or so, but I couldn’t stretch it too much. So Lady Anne’s career choice dictated the time period that the story took place. It wasn’t until I started writing the second book that I realized what a difficult period I chose. Not much happens in the mid 1700s.
Shana Galen: Finally, tell us what you have coming next.
Sharon Cullen: The Infamous Lord Blythe is the next book coming out later this fall, 2013. The Infamous Lord Blythe is the story of Nicholas’s whimsical, trouble-prone sister, Claire. This was a very fun story to write and I can’t wait for it to be released.
Readers, what historical time period do you enjoy reading most? Giveaway’s include: THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE. and an eCopy of The Notorious Lady Anne.
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About the Author:
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance and historical romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
Her debut historical romance, The Notorious Lady Anne, will release from Loveswept in February, 2013, followed by The Infamous Lord Blythe, later in 2013.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.