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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe

I'm glomming your back list and just finished Ready, Willing, And Able, all of which I really enjoyed.  Do you have a military background or family in the military?  You seem to have such a ready facility with that sort of world.  (can you tell I write Regency England?  I could never in a million years get the voice of a alpha soldier right.)

 

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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe

Lucy, one of my favorite things in this book is Abigail's inability to hear. Can you talk a little bit about what made you decide to tackle this sort of issue? I wish this kind of thing were more prevalent in romance, and I just loved what it added to her sense of conflict with Talorc.

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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe

so i know that i havent read this yet but...

 

ok so i also like the fact that the herione is deaf- it adds a level to  the story i would think...

just me tho...

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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe


EloisaJames wrote:

I'm glomming your back list and just finished Ready, Willing, And Able, all of which I really enjoyed.  Do you have a military background or family in the military?  You seem to have such a ready facility with that sort of world.  (can you tell I write Regency England?  I could never in a million years get the voice of a alpha soldier right.)

 

cheers,

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LOL I think it's all in the research!   I *do* have several family members in the military, or who are retired military (as well as friends), but I do tons of research for every new world I write in (be it contemporary, historical or paranormal).  For my mercs, I interviewed two Army Rangers extensively and read a bunch of nonfiction and fiction.  I love that you mention getting the voice of the alpha soldier right because I spent a lot of time just listening to military men talk, whether in the interviews, family, documentaries, etc.

 

And I'm just going to be gauche and admit right now that the thought of you glomming my books has me absolutely in alt.  You so, so, SO rock!  Thank you!

 

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Melanie_Murray wrote:

Lucy, one of my favorite things in this book is Abigail's inability to hear. Can you talk a little bit about what made you decide to tackle this sort of issue? I wish this kind of thing were more prevalent in romance, and I just loved what it added to her sense of conflict with Talorc.


 

I've been accused/complimented/labeled...an issues writer.  You'll find that I like to deal with women and men who are imperfect and face the type of stuff in their daily life that most of us don't, because some of us *do* and they deserve to have their stories told.  If I tell you that Abigail just sort of showed up in my brain and she could not hear, but I could hear her, will you think I've lost it?  She was this amazing character playing in the background the whole time I wrote Moon Awakening, because in reality *she* was the catalyst for the change in Emily's life, not the king.  I knew Abigail needed her own HEA and to get away from her harpy mother.  (Unfortunately, she didn't have an awesome mom like mine. :smileywink: - So, she had to get a book.)

 

One of the things I find really important when adding unexpected elements like deafness to a character is to make that element a part of their life, but not their whole life.  So, there is no ignoring that it will add to the conflict, but it will not be insurmountable, because most things really aren't. :smileyhappy:  My cousing, who is a parapalegic, has a wonderful marriage and great kids - sure his paralysis limits things in his life, but it doesn't define his life.  His ability to love does.  That's what I want to give to my characters when I write them - the ability to love no matter the circumstances.  I hope it works for readers as that's the stuff that comes so dear to my heart. :smileyhappy:

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Cheyenne_Catina wrote:

so i know that i havent read this yet but...

 

ok so i also like the fact that the herione is deaf- it adds a level to  the story i would think...

just me tho...


 

I agree...every aspect that helps make our characters who they are add levels to the stories and for me, the most interesting stories to read and write have lots of levels, not just one.  Lots of conflict, not just one.   Lots of reasons to love and to be apart...  I call it layering the onion and it's my favorite type of story to read, one that each layer revealed takes us closer to the heart of the story and the characters themselvces. :smileyhappy:

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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe

"in alt"!  LOL.  You know your slang!

 

I love the story about your cousin.  Very sweet -- and really, very inspiring.

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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe

congrats on the Moon series Lucy but I, for one, would be disappointed if you

didn't continue writing the other series you have.  Thanks.

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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe

Thank you, RobynL!  Hopefully you'll like Close Quarters (it's coming together)...love those pseudo-merc type men, yes?

 

Smooches!

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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe

Lucy, it's been great fun having you here all week! I hope you continue to stop by and let us know what's up. Any last words on the book before you depart? Any big Valentine's Day plans?

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Re: February Feature #2: MOON CRAVING by Lucy Monroe

so i got it yesterday and started reading it today- it was a great book. i really like it !

i thoguht it was interesting incorporating niall and giause(sp?) during that period of time...

and i admit that talorc game me some frustration after he learned about abigails deafness and then said nothing about his secret...

but i really liked it and thought it was interesting

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Melanie_Murray wrote:

Lucy, it's been great fun having you here all week! I hope you continue to stop by and let us know what's up. Any last words on the book before you depart? Any big Valentine's Day plans?


 

LOL Sorry I missed this!  We've had a yearly Valentine tradition of taking our children out on a family date since they were old enough to know what the date meant.  Hubcap and I have always been very much in love and celebrated that love all year long, so we wanted our children to know we felt it was as important to celebrate our love for them on Valentine's Day as our love for each other.  We thought after the girls got married that they would want to do romantic things with their hubbies, but they informed us they wanted to keep the family date.  So, we all celebrated together...Tom and I went to the restaurant early and decorated the table, putting small love gifts at each child's place setting and the g-kid too. :smileyhappy:  They all arrived, some with love gifts of their own - we shared dinner, laughter and fellowship and then came back to our house and watched an on demand movie on our projector screen (nice and big for my aging eyes :smileywink:) - that Roller Derby movie with Drew Barrymore.  Was fabulous and Miss Sparklepants spent the whole time in toddler-Heaven going from one loving adult to the next as she played and we watched our movie.

 

As far as last words on the book...I'll touch a bit on one of the comments Cheyenne made (thanks so much love for reading the book and I'm so glad that overall you enjoyed it!)...but one of the things I like to do with my stories is make people think.  And one of the things we who love history need to always be aware of is that our perception of the past is usually skewed by the Puritannical ideals governing the editing process of history books written for scholastic consumption.  Digging deeper into history shows us that many things we assume did not happen in a certain time period actually did and things we take for granted as the norm (because they happened among those wealthy enough to leave behind journals, have movies made about them, etc.) was in fact only common for a tiny segment of society.  I write about real people, okay with the exception that they can turn into wolves, or are Greek billionaire tycoons :smileyvery-happy:, who experience real feelings that are governed by real hearts and resolved in ways readers can identify with. :smileyhappy:

 

And finally, I just really want to thank Melanie again for having me here!  I will be checking back in with the boards because I love the conversations going on and have found this to be one of the truly accepting and friendly places on the net to discuss my favorite topic - romance!

 

Hugs to all!

Lucy

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