Sunday, 5 August 2018

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Lorana Hoopes

What got you interested publishing Sweet Romance books? 

I wanted to write books that had romance but that I wouldn't be afraid to let my kids know I was reading. I've always been a sucker for romance but didn't enjoy covers with bare chested men or explicit intimate scenes. I think sweet romance gives you all the romance without the steam.

Tell readers a little about the Sage Creek series. 

Sage Creek is my historical series. It started as part of the Lawkeeper series. When Lawfully Matched and Lawfully Justified were both set there, I thought bridging it out and making it a whole series would be fun. I have a lot planned for this series but need to find time to write it all. The Scarlet Wedding follows Lawfully Justified and gives readers the wedding they wanted. Plus it introduces another character who needs a series.

Also, tell us about your Heartbeats University Series. 

When Hearts Collide originally had both of these books together, but when I re-read it and was re-branding to make it more of a romance, I realized that these girls needed their own stories. So, I split them up and added more to flesh out their stories. There will be a third book in this series that follows Jordan who we meet in When Hearts Collide, but it won't be a true romance. The book is called The Still Small Voice and I'll be creating the Heartbeats Trilogy soon.

Also, tell readers a little about the K-9 Lawkeeper series. 

I'm not sure if there will be more in this series. I love the characters but have so many projects on my plate right now. However, I do have a Lawkeeper Christmas book planned, and I think I might make it about Chris, Calvin's brother.

If you could live the life of one of your characters, would you? 

Hmm, I write a lot of redemptive fiction so my characters usually make mistakes and learn from them. But I do have a few characters who didn't do that. I guess I would choose either Alyssa from A Father's Love because she gets to marry a billionaire or Presley from When Love Returns. I love the feel of her small town.

What's your favorite character that you have published and why? 

My favorite character has been Maxwell Banks from A Father's Love. I had so many readers tell me they hated him at first but loved him by the end, so I think he was my most well-developed character.

Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books? 

Tons. I love incorporating real characters and situations into my books. Probably the book that does that the most though is The Still Small Voice. Some of the characters in there are real friends of mine. The prologue actually happened with my daughter, and Micah's story is my own. That will make more sense when you read the book, lol.

If you had to choose a different career other than publishing, what would it be? 

Acting. I love being on stage and being someone different.

What is your favorite book that you have ever published and why? 

Probably When Love Returns. I really love the characters in the small town.

What do you like to do with your time when you're not publishing? 

What time? There isn't a lot of free time, but I kickbox at my gym and sing at my church. Plus, I love spending time with my kids.

What's a fun fact that your readers might not know about you? 

I was once a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. Back in May of 2009, I was on Teacher's Week. I don't think there's a video of it anywhere thought. My students always look.

What do you have in store for your readers next? 

I'm working on Lawfully Pursued set to release in September. My fourth kids book should be out later this month. Then I have a second chance romance coming in Oct and a Lawkeeper Christmas book in Nov. It's busy. I have another billionaire book planned and maybe a marriage of convenience. We'll see.

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