Interview & GIVEAWAY with Lisa Berne...

Q&A with Lisa Berne

Describe yourself in five words or less.
Curious, creative; reader, writer, dreamer.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky. Because perseverance is an important quality for a writer.

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
Besides the necessary cellphone, wallet, and lip gloss? A little notebook and pen. (I know you said one thing, but this is plainly a writer’s indivisible unit of oneness.) Inspiration can strike at any time, and for me paper’s better than apps for jotting down notes about my writing.

Name three things on your desk right now.
A thesaurus. A couple of houseplants, which I’m sneakily categorizing as “greenery,” because I also want to mention my stack of Post-it Notes, without which I am considerably less productive.

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
I love writing scenes in which characters are talking and there are all kinds of things they can’t — or won’t — say embedded within their words, whether it’s because they’re wrestling with their emotions, unaware of their deep true feelings, constricted by the etiquette of the time, other people are around, and so on. Which means that in what seems like a simple conversation, the subtext can be deliciously complicated.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
I’m not the first to suggest that reading — widely and voraciously across multiple genres, both for pleasure and with an analytic eye — is a necessary component for someone wanting to become a writer. There are also a lot of great, insightful books and blogs on the subject; I particularly like Stephen King’s On Writing, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, Gwen Hayes’ Romancing the Beat, and Chuck Wendig’s bracing, blisteringly unsentimental approach to the writing life.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
With pleasure! Coming this summer is the second book in the Penhallow Dynasty series: The Laird Takes a Bride, featuring Scotsman Alasdair Penhallow, who’s forced by an arcane decree to marry and ends up with spirited Fiona Douglass. They’re both very resentful of the situation, and don’t find each other particularly attractive or appealing . . . which is, of course, a highly inauspicious way to begin a marriage. But it’s a very fun way to set a love story in motion. 

In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men
destined to marry, but hesitant to love.


The Penhallow Dynasty #1

Lisa Berne

Releasing March 28, 2017

Avon Books

In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men
destined to marry, but hesitant to love.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All
he must do is follow “The Penhallow way”—find a biddable bride, produce an heir
and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations,
certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change
things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as
long as she’s from a decent family.

But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes
Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into
that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one
who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss
from flying away?

Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer book at fourteen, and

was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grantwriter, and
an investment banker, but is thrilled to be returning to her roots and writing
her own historical-romance novels! She lives with her family in the Pacific

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