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Meet Author
Linda Francis Lee
by Cathy Sova
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 writing background.

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 its knees.

I hope readers will come along for the ride as Sophie turns proper Boston upside down!

How can readers get in touch with you?

Readers can e-mail me at 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 at

October 15, 2000

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