Monday, September 10, 2012

Interview with historical romance author Shana Galen

Today we have historical romance author Shana Galen.  Welcome to RomFan Reviews Shana and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us.

SG: Thank you so much for having me. I’m excited to be here!
Tell us a little about your new release When You Give a Duke a Diamond.

SG: When You Give a Duke a Diamond is the first book in my new Jewels of the Ton series. The series is about three glamorous Regency courtesans, called The Three Diamonds, who have secrets to keep. When You Give a Duke a Diamond centers on Juliette, the Duchess of Dalliance, and Will, the Duke of Pelham, who are thrown together after a murder and embark on a search for missing diamonds.

Will the other Diamonds get their own stories?

SG: Absolutely. In fact, Fallon’s book will be out in March, and I’ve already started working on Lily’s book.

What is the hardest part of writing a book?

SG: I think it’s the day to day drudgery. Not every page is exciting and fun to write, and sometimes the words won’t come. It’s hard on those days to make myself sit there and meet my goal, but that’s the only way the book gets written.

Do you write any other genres besides historical?

SG: I wrote two contemporaries as Shane Bolks, and I have a proposal for a Young Adult novel with an editor right now.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

SG: Oh, I am such a pantser. I don’t even bother to try and plot anymore.

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published? 

SG: I started When Dashing Met Danger in January 2000, and it was published in May 2005. So over 5 years.

What or who influenced you to become a writer?

SG: I don’t know that anyone or thing influenced me. I always liked to write and was always told I was a good writer. But when I first started writing romance novels, I didn’t even tell my family. I guess I thought they’d think I was crazy to believe I could ever publish, much less, write a book.

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?

SG: I multi-task. I’m able to think about one project in the back of my mind while I work on another and strangely enough that makes me more productive.

When not writing, how do you relax?

SG: I like to read, go see a movie, get a pedicure, or take a nap. Any time I can have some quiet alone time is relaxing to me.

Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it? 

SG: Nope. I’m too busy to have writer’s block. That’s not to say that ideas always flow quickly or come easily. If I’m floundering, I usually walk around or fold laundry. The words will come to me. Anything but laundry, right?

What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

SG:  I guess the weirdest thing is when I worked with my dad on The Rogue Pirate’s Bride. I needed help with the sailing scenes, and he’s a sailor. I had to read sections of the book to him, and it’s a little weird reading steamy scenes you wrote to your dad.

Where can readers learn more about you and your books?

SG: Lots of places! My website, Facebook,Twitter @shanagalen. Pretty much anywhere there are authors, I’m there too.


Praise for Shana Galen:
"Galen pulls out all the stops...will leave readers breathless and highly satisfied." —RT Book Reviews

He had a perfectly orderly life…
William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual. securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next...

Until She Came Along
Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's seriously disruptive to have the duke who's the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide...

SHANA GALEN is the bestselling author of Regency historicals, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice for The Making of a Gentleman. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She is happily married, with one daughter and a spoiled cat.  If You Give a Rake a Ruby, the next exciting book in the Jewels of the Ton Series, hits stores in March 2013. For more information please visit, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, @ShanaGalen.

Read my review of When You Give a Duke a Diamond here

Contest:  One lucky person will win a signed copy of When You Give a Duke a Diamond!!  Leave a comment with your email address, contest ends September 14th at 11:59pm EST US and Canada residents only.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today! I'll be hanging out all day.

  2. Big fan of Shana's books. Am very excited to read this one. The book looks great, big fan of series. Love to be able to follow the story and hear about the characters through the books. Loved the blurb. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Shana, how many books are going to be in this series? Just 3? Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Hi Christine, Thanks so much for stopping by. yes, there are going to be three books total--or at least that's the plan.

  3. Great interview. When You Give a Duke a Diamond sounds awesome. I love the cover. Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Crystal. Good luck with the giveaway!

  4. Thank you for another informative and interesting interview.

    I've devoured the excerpts and reviews I've read about "When You Give A Duke A Diamond", and can't wait to read it.

    I love your books, and I love the cover art.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    dpd333 (at) aol dot com

    1. Thanks, Diane. I appreciate you stopping by. Good luck!

  5. Love your other books so looking forward to this one too! :) Can't wait to read it!

    1. Thank you, May! Good luck with the giveaway.

  6. I can't wait to read this. Busy with Lord & Lady spy right now, though (*so* good). I wish there were more hours in a day for all the books I've got queued up on my Kindle!

    Shana, I'm wondering where you got your interest in the Regency era. I love that all your books (at least those I've read thus far) share that common time period.

    1. Email is smiles [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    2. Hey Sarah, great question. I guess my interest came from my love of Jane Austen books initially. I started reading her in high school and always loved her books and that time period. Then one of the first romance authors I read was Julie Garwood, and I enjoyed her medieval and Regency-set books, but I felt like my style (lighter) was better suited to the Regency. And the more I researched it, the more I fell in love with the period.

  7. I'm really looking forward to reading When You Give a Duke a Diamond, it sounds like such a delightful story. I can't wait to see just how much of a hard time Juliette gives to the Duke.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

    1. Thanks, Barbara! Oh, Juliette is definitely going to make Will want to tear his hair out ;-)

  8. Very nice interview.


  9. I can't help but feel a bit sorry for the Duke and his perfect life.

    1. Alyn, isn't that the worst, when someone doesn't even realize their life isn't wonderful at all? Don't worry. That's the thing I love about romance--the HEA!

  10. It sounds like some of your research was fun. I would like to try sailing one day :)

    1. Na, some of the research is fun. Most of it is pretty boring, though.

  11. There's nothing quite like taking a major paddle and stir the plot pot of a charactor who's staid and set in concrete... congrats!

  12. Girlygirlhoosier, I like that image. It really applies, too!

  13. Haven't had the pleasure of reading any of these books yet but surely will after Nobody's Perfect!