We’ve got author Katie Lane stopping by to answer our questions! We hope you enjoy and pick up your copy of Unwrapped today!!
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. I love the Grinch and the Whos. But mostly I love the message: People can change. No matter how small your heart, it can grow.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Another great message: No matter how small and odd you are, you can be a hero.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is such a perfect story. The sub-plots keep you on your toes, and each and every character has depth, color, and texture. You want to move to that little southern town and make them your best friends…your bravest heroes…your worst enemies.
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It has everything. Love, betrayal, murder, hidden identities, pirates, and of course, great sex scenes. :o)
The Bible. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best book ever written.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss.
What do you remember about it?
I remember how I felt the first time I read it. I was as stunned as Shanna that the grungy guy she’d met in the prison cell was the same hot guy standing on the steps of the church waiting to marry her. I remember the carriage scene where things got steamy. And the tropical island where Ruark became her slave. And the first love scene in the cottage. And the pirate scene. And the coming to America scene. Okay, I guess I’ve reread it too many times and remember everything.
What did you like most about it?
Ruark Beauchamp. He is the perfect hero. Strong, masculine, intelligent, and charming, but with a soft heart. He just loves Shanna so much it makes you feel all mushy inside.
What did you like least about it?
Shanna is a little bit spoiled at first…okay, so she’s a lot spoiled. That can get a little annoying. But it makes sense because she’s young and the only child of a very wealthy man. Ruark helps her grow up and become a woman.
Have you ever reread it?
Many, many times.
If you did, how do you feel about it now?
The same. It was beautifully written. Woodiwiss is a genius and a legend.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise. There’s just something about seeing the sun pop up in the morning that makes my day.
Angst or humor?
Humor. I love to laugh.
Tea or coffee?
Tea. Hot mint tea on a cold winter day…perfection.
Wine or beer?
Wine. I love the sweeter white wines—Moscato is my favorite.
Cake or pie?
Cake. I’ll do just about anything for a big slice of chocolate cake.
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
A little scruff. A beard is too relaxed and clean-shaven too uptight. And I think the feel of stubble is sexy as hell.
Blue-collar or white collar?
Both. I love a man in jeans and a flannel shirt almost as much as I love a man in a fitted suit and dress shirt. I had just as much fun writing my hero Patrick McPherson in Unwrapped as I did writing Deacon Beaumont in A Billionaire Between the Sheets.
Jeans or a suit? Same as above.
Car or motorcycle?
Motorcycle. I mean what woman doesn’t love to straddle a hot guy and hold on tight? Although big ol’ trucks with bench seats have their own benefits.
Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holidays series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and cuddling with her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and KatieLaneBooks.com.