A Patient Heart - As a little girl Catherine dreamed she'd marry Connor Donavan one day and as teenagers, that dream seemed within reach until Connor ended their relationship, left town and broke her heart. Ten years later, far from the old hometown, Catherine reports for work as a nurse one snowy January evening and learns that her new patient is none other than her old love, Connor. When he recognizes her, all the old feelings stir but a few sparks fly too. As Connor recovers from an accident, Catherine realizes she loves him more than ever and he seems to love her too. But after he leaves the hospital and convalesces at her home, his real life intrudes into their idyll. Connor leaves, Catherine stays until his message sends her speeding to Kansas City, Kansas and Connor's club....on Valentine's Day.
M- Thank you for sitting down with me, Lee Ann, you write in more than one subset of Romance, which is your favorite?
L-That’s almost like asking which of my kids is my favorite but the real answer is usually “the one I’m writing” although so far, I think I’ve enjoyed writing the two full length historical romances (coming later this year from Rebel Ink Press) the most.
M-Do you find series or single books more satisfying?
L-If I find a series I truly love, I would say series. Two of my favorite series are Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander time travel books and Laurell K. Hamilton (another Missouri writer)’s Anita Blake vampire hunter series.
But I have my favorites with single titles too.
M-Living the Ozark Mountains do you take from the scenery inspiration from the land and lakes?
L-Definitely, I do. I’m not native to the Ozarks but I love these old hills. And I’ve lived here a long time. Many of my novels are set in the region.
M-Working with multiple publishers, do you sometimes have to deal with overlapping deadlines?
L-Funny you should ask – but yes. I’ve been telling everyone I’m up to eyeballs in edits. In the last two weeks I’ve done edits for three different publishers, one for a novella coming out in May which is a time travel/slip stream/alternate reality involving Elvis called Long Live The King for Champagne Books, the fourth book of my paranormal Love Covenant series for Evernight Publishing, Love Shadows, and my Feb 17 Rebel Ink Press release, In Love’s Own Time. So life’s been a little crazy.
And somehow it ends up like this more often than not!
M-Which one of your books is closest to your heart?
L-Another hard question but I have to say Guy’s Angel (coming June 3 from Rebel Ink Press). Guy’s Angel is set in my original hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri and in the old, OLD neighborhood. It’s not the ‘hood where I lived although it’s the same end of town but it’s where my grandparents lived back in the day. It’s my uncle’s mail route during my childhood, my great aunt Sophia lived here, my mother was actually born at home in the neighborhood. This novel is set in the 1920’s and I grew up on my grandparents’ stories. Writing this one brought back a lot of memories and it also drew the current family together. Two of my cousins helped with research and details. One of them also beta read a lot of it to help vet my vintage airplanes in the story and he recognized a lot of the old stories and places. It may sound strange but a lot of folks back in St. Joe are waiting for this one to come out and there’s a big book release party in the planning. It will end up being a mega family reunion, old home week, and party all in one.
M-As someone who's spent quite a bit of time in the northwest Missouri area this one sounds like something I'll also be looking forward to checking out.
You can learn more about Lee Ann and follow her blog please click on her name.