I suppose every reader has a guilty pleasure. For me, my guilty pleasure is reading “Chick-lit”. I first started reading Chick-lit books with the Bridget Jones Diary series, and from there would pick up a book here and there, to read. It’s not a genre I read all the time, so when I do, it has to be a book that really calls my attention. There are just so many books out there, so how do you choose, right?
They synopsis was quite interesting in New Money, which I read about a year ago. I love the Cinderella themed novel, and Savannah is a character I really liked. You can read my review here.
I am also a huge fan of sequels and trilogies! I love a great book series because I have a chance to read more about my favorite characters and their adventures! So, I am quite happy that Lorraine decided to write the sequel to New Money: Independently Wealthy. She has graciously given some of her time for an interview, for you all to read! There is also a giveaway, because you know…we all love a free book!
Savannah Morgan had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Carolina town, where snooty debutantes have always looked down on her. But at twenty-four, she’s become a frustrated ex-cheerleader who lives with her mother and wonders if rejecting a marriage proposal was a terrible mistake. Then Savannah’s world is shaken when she learns the father she never knew is Edward Stone, a billionaire media mogul who has left Savannah his fortune on the condition that she move to Manhattan and work at his global news corporation. Putting aside her mother’s disapproval, Savannah plunges into a life of wealth and luxury that is threatened by Edward’s other children—the infuriatingly arrogant Ned and his sharp-tongued sister, Caroline, whose joint mission is to get rid of Savannah. She deals with their treachery along with her complicated love life, and she eventually has to decide between Jack, a smooth and charming real estate executive, and Alex, a handsome aspiring writer/actor. Savannah must navigate a thrilling but dangerous city while trying to figure out what kind of man her father truly was.
1. Independently Wealthy is the sequel to New Money. What do you hope readers will enjoy most about this sequel?
Lorraine: I hope readers will enjoy the evolving relationships between the characters and seeing that by the end of the story, many of these characters have changed a great deal from who they were in the first book. I also hope readers will enjoy that a big part of the story takes place in a wonderful setting—NYC during the holidays.
2. In what ways do you think Savannah grows more in this novel?
Lorraine: In New Money, Savannah was abruptly thrown into a situation that was very fortunate, but it was also filled with treachery, conflict, and hard feelings. Being a wealthy heiress in Manhattan was completely foreign to her, so she didn’t always know how to navigate this world filled with people who want to take her down. In Independently Wealthy, some time has passed since she arrived in NYC, so she has become more comfortable with her new circumstances. But the way in which Savannah grows most is through her relationships—especially with her half-brother (Ned) and half-sister (Caroline). In New Money, Ned and Caroline were devastated that their father left his fortune solely to Savannah, and they were understandably resentful toward her. Toward the end of that story, Caroline had reasons to soften toward Savannah, and their relationship continues to grow in Independently Wealthy. Ned’s relationship with Savannah slowly changes throughout Independently Wealthy—and both of these characters change, too.
3. Which character did you most resonate with?
Lorraine: I think authors generally resonate most with their main characters—probably because we spend so much time with them! So I would say that I related most to Savannah. Despite her glamorous life, she really is just a regular girl!
4. What would you like your readers to learn most from your novel?
Lorraine: Readers interpret literature based on their individual personalities, values, and taste—so I think everyone will view the story and characters uniquely and learn something different from my book. However, a main theme in this series is that people are often quite different from how they appear on the surface—and it’s important to understand their circumstances and background before judging them.
5. Prior to this sequel, you wrote your first novel: Other Words for Love. How different was the writing process for you this time?
Lorraine: My writing process was the same, but the style was different. Other Words for Love is quite introspective and somewhat literary, while New Money and Independently Wealthy are more fast-paced. The time period is also different, as Other Words for Love takes place in the 1980s, and the New Money series is set during the present day—so when writing each story, I had to make sure the real-life references, characters’ values, etc., accurately reflected the time period.
6. How challenging is it for you to write a book knowing that it will be sequel? Does that impact your writing the first novel: New Money?
Lorraine: The challenge of writing a novel that will be followed by a sequel is being sure to wrap up all the storylines in a way that is satisfying to the reader but leaves enough room to continue the story.
7. For aspiring writers: what is the one piece of advice you would like to share with them?
Lorraine: Aspiring authors should always keep in mind that writing is extremely subjective. Just because an agent, an editor, or anyone else tells you that he/she doesn’t like your work doesn’t mean it isn’t good—it just means the reader didn’t make a connection. When that happens, don’t allow it to discourage you or make you doubt your abilities. Listen to people’s criticism, take from it what you think is valid, and discard the rest. Don’t allow criticism to stop you from writing or make you give up trying to become a published author. Some people might not care for your work—but there might be many others who will love it. Just keep looking for those people, and always keep writing.
8. Paper/pen or computer: Which method do you prefer when writing?
Lorraine: I write all of my novels on a computer—but when I’m not in my office and ideas pop into my head, I reach for the paper/pen to write them down.
9. Day/night/afternoon: Which time of day do you feel most productive when writing?
Lorraine: I usually write during a 9 to 5 schedule, but I do work a lot of nights and weekends. I have often felt that I am most productive very late at night. It’s easier to become absorbed in a scene when it’s quiet and there are no interruptions.
10. How do you best prepare for writing a novel?
Lorraine: It’s really just a lot of thinking—and listening to music helps, too. Music is very inspirational and can also evoke the emotions that I want to capture in particular scenes.
Thank you for time!
You are welcome! Thanks so much for having me here.
About the Author:
I was born and raised in New York City, where I went to high school in Queens at St. Francis Prep:
www.sfponline.org. I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa: www.usf.edu with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education. I also earned a Master’s degree in English, with a concentration in American and British Literature, from Northern Kentucky University: www.nku.edu, which is located just across the bridge from Cincinnati.
When I’m not writing, I like to read, work out, and spend time with my husband. I also enjoy keeping up my lifelong hobby of being a devoted TV & film buff.
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