Linda, welcome to The Romance Reader! Tell us about yourself.
I live in New York, though I was born and raised in Texas. My family is
still there. I've been married for nearly 19 years to a wonderful man named
Michael, and I love chocolate!
For readers who may not be familiar with your backlist, tell us about your
I have published 9 historicals romances. SWAN'S GRACE, which came out
Sept. 5th, is my 10th. I wrote under a couple different names before I
started writing as Linda Francis Lee -- Linda Lee and Alyssa Lee. (Not great career planning!)
What drew you to writing romance?
My love of romance started my senior in high school when my high school
boyfriend decided to take another girl to our senior prom. (The cad.) That
weekend a friend gave me my first romance, Jennifer Wilde's LOVE'S TENDER
FURY, and I never looked back.
What writers have influenced your own writing?
I love Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood. I also love Linda Howard. They
pull you into their world and don't let you go until the end.
What drew you to your sub genre?
Growing up in Texas I was surrounded by history. It seemed natural to take
the history I loved, the stories that I had always made up in my head, along
with my newfound love of romance novels, and put them all together.
When you begin writing a book, do you have the story all outlined in your
mind or do you wait and see where the characters take you?
A bit of both, I'd say. When I first started writing I simply wrote with
little thought for what came next. Then I started taking fiction writing
classes and began outlining with meticulous detail. Now, I am somewhere in
between. I like to know basically where I am going, but I love the surprise
of how I get there.
What role does the Internet play in writing and marketing your books?
The Internet has played a growing importance in my life. A friend
practically had to drag me online kicking and screaming back in 1995. Of
course once I logged on I was hooked. Now I stay connected with my
really close writer friends. We "talk" regularly online, talk about our
works in progress, we plot. Basically, we provide moral support. As to
marketing, it is amazing the power the Internet has to get information to a
huge amount of people. I think it makes buying books even easier because you
have so much information about all kinds of books right at your fingertips.
What are you working on now?
I'm just finishing up NIGHTINGALE'S GATE. It is Lucas's story, the
youngest Hawthorne brother. I have loved writing books about a family. I
worked hard to have all the brothers in each book. But I also wrote them so
that you could read them in any order. It has been a challenge and a great
deal of fun.
Tell us about your newest release.
SWAN'S GRACE tells the story of Grayson, the oldest Hawthorne brother.
Grayson is everything blue-blooded Boston society admires--rich, ruthless,
untainted by scandal. While always keeping a tight rein on his emotions, he
has never forgotten Sophie Wentworth, the spirited but awkward child who
captivated his youth with music and a young girl's adoration. But one night
long ago, she left the city unexpectedly. Now the toast of Europe, Boston's
ugly duckling is returning with the grace of a swan.
Through provocative performances, Sophie has found great fame as a concert
cellist. She hopes to keep her past and her new life a secret--until she
discovers that her family has bargained her away to Grayson, the lonely boy
she once loved--now a cold, forbidding man with the power to break her
tattered heart. At that moment, she vows to bring Boston, and Grayson, to
I hope readers will come along for the ride as Sophie turns proper Boston
How can readers get in touch with you?
Readers can e-mail me at LFranLee@aol.com
or write to P.O. Box 231310 New York, NY 10023
If you would like to read an excerpt of SWAN'S GRACE you can visit my website
October 15, 2000