18 August 2011

Getting to know you Thursdays with Lacy Williams

Please help me welcome debut author Lacy Williams who has released Marrying Miss Marshall through the Love Inspired Historical range. I was lucky to win this book through the LIH goodreads 400 member party and I have to say I Loved this book. It was one I didn't want to put down and would love to see as a film.
I have loved going to know Lacy also. 

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I have been married for nine years to a wonderful man I met in college. He is my very own real-life hero and is very supportive of my writing career. We have a toddler daughter and a little boy on the way (due in early September). Luke is a big sports fan, including tennis, soccer, basketball, football… which gives me a lot of writing time as long as I can tune out the cheering from the living room. :) I love animals, especially dogs. We have three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and they are just the most fun to have around.

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
I had a lot of favorites. I read all the time. If I had to pick one it would probably be Anne of Green Gables.

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and write?
Romance. Anything romance. Historical, contemporary, paranormal, YA… if it has a strong romance with captivating characters, I will read it and love it. I write both historical and contemporary romance.

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
I loved books with adventure in them--Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series (what an adventure to go West, right?); My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is another one, and Jim Kjelgaard’s Big Red, Stormy and others. I think because of these authors I like to include adventure in my books as well as animals/pets.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I have wanted to be an author since I was a child. I don’t remember a specific instance of making that decision, but I always carried around a spiral notebook and pencil. When I was about ten, my parents bought me a typewriter for Christmas and I used that thing well into my teen years (thank God for parents who were willing to buy me those expensive cartridges!).

6. How did you go about becoming an author?
When I got serious about becoming published, I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (www.acfw.com) and started learning (mostly learning how much I *didn’t* know!). As I learned more about the different publishers, I figured out that Love Inspired would be a good fit for me and started studying their guidelines and reading the LI books. Then I wrote and wrote and wrote, attended a couple of conferences and pitched to editors, entered contests, got critiques. My manuscript was requested by Emily Rodmell (Assistant Editor for Love Inspired) from finaling/winning ACFW’s Genesis contest in 2009 and the rest is history. It has been an interesting journey for me!

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
I have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and BB (before babies) I was an auditor for a public accounting firm. I really enjoyed my job and the people I worked with but my husband and I have been blessed and I have been able to stay at home with the baby (babies in a couple weeks!). So… if I wasn’t writing it would probably be some combination of being “mommy” and accounting.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
Well, since I have one small child and another on the way, my curfew is usually about 8:30pm so that limits me a bit… (I love being a mommy though so I wouldn’t change it). So I have my favorite TV shows (Castle is one and Rookie Blue is another), I like watching movies, and I enjoy walking my dogs and playing at the park when it isn’t too hot outside!

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
I love reading Regencies and I would love to visit Great Britain. I love history and historical sites, museums, etc… I’ve been trying to talk my husband into going to Wimbledon sometime and then I would take some nice little side trips… we’ll see what happens with that in the future. :)

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Confession time. I would absolutely love to meet Kevin Durant of the OKC Thunder (NBA team). He seems like such a cool guy for someone so young and a good role model and I would love to share a meal with him! I would also like to meet and eat with Francine Rivers (one of my favorite authors), and I guess my last “pick” would be either my editor or agent. I only get to see them every couple of years so it is always nice to get to sit down and catch up with what’s going on with them. (Jenny here, one of the 3 I would pick just happens to be a professional sports person also he is a cricketer)

Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.

MARRYING MISS MARSHAL is the story of a female town marshal in Wyoming in the 1890s and the tenderfoot detective she falls in love with. Danna Carpenter doesn’t get any respect from the people she’s sworn to protect, which makes it hard to do her job. She needs the help of detective Chas O’Grady but doesn’t expect to fall in love with the citified man…

Readers can read the first chapter and see promotions at www.marryingmissmarshal.com . My website is www.lacywilliams.net and I am also on facebook (lacywilliamsbooks ) and twitter (@lacy_williams ). I love to hear from readers!

Thanks again for your time and agreeing to be on my blog.
Thank you for having me!


Wyn said...

Great interview, how fortunate to be able to be with your children and write at home. You are certainly blessed. Am anxious to read your new book.

wyndy callahan

Janet Tronstad said...

I was great to learn more about you, Lacy! Love the title and cover of your new book.

Jillian Hart said...

Lacy--it's good to meet you! I love the premise of your book. You also listed some of my fave authors growing up. : )

Melissa/welachild said...

What a wonderful interview! I too love Anne of Green Gables. I can't wait to read your new book!

Carla Capshaw said...

Hi Lacy,

It's so great to learn more about you. Congrats on your book. I love the cover and I'm looking forward to reading it!

Lacy J. Williams said...

Thanks for all the comments, and Jenny, thanks for hosting me!

I had a great time answering the questions--the hardest one was what three people I wanted to eat a meal with!

Paula O said...

Hi Lacy, congrats on that little boy soon to be here, you will be a busy young woman. I enjoyed your interview, your interest in Anne of Green Gables, I have watched the movies of her many times. This latest book has great cover and title and I know it is one I would like to read. Thanks for sharing your talant.

Lyn Cote said...

Lovely interview. And your book looks intriguing~

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