5 Questions With...Stephanie Laurens

Where the Heart Leads

Kathryn Smith recently had a chance to chat with bestselling Avon Author Stephanie Laurens. Here’s what was said:

KS: When you were six years old, what was your life’s ambition?

SL: I’m not sure I had a “life ambition” at that age – I was very much in a “living in the moment” stage then. I do, however, know I used to write stories at that age. Not for anyone, not thinking I would be a writer, but just because. I never intended them for anyone else to read, I just used to have fun thinking up and writing stories.

KS: Who was your first ‘famous’ crush and what do you think of him now?

SL: First “famous” crush…I think it was the guy who played Illya Kuryakin in The Man from Uncle. David…was it Davil Ireland? I can still see him clearly in my mind, but clearly I have no memory for names! Not sure he’d make my top 10 list today – times, and the eye of the beholder–and the competition–have changed.

KS: When did you decide you wanted to become an author?

SL: I think it was after I had my 5th book published. Prior to that, I was just playing, doing something I enjoyed, and incidentally someone was paying me for it. Then, for completely unconnected reasons, I decided to “retire” from my scientific career, and so had lots of time on my hands and felt compelled to fill it in some way, so I thought I might as well put more focus on my stories and writing, and my writing career really expanded after that. I suppose the true answer to your question is never. I never “decided”–I just became one.

KS: What is your favorite scene in your latest book?

SL: In most of my books, the first scene when the hero and heroine meet is the one where things get “ooh! interesting…” Those scenes are my favorite to write, because there’s always a lot of promise, and an element of humor inherent in the set-up – so in WHERE THE HEART LEADS, it would be the opening scene of the book, in which Penelope Ashford talks Barnaby Adair into helping her find missing ophan boys, and in the new Cynster novel, TEMPTATION AND SURRENDER, it’s the scene where Emily goes to Jonas’s home, and gets him to hire her as manager of the local inn.

KS: If you were a single Regency miss and you could capture the attention of any of your heroes, who would you most want to have pursue you?

SL: That’s an easy question – Royce, Duke of Wolverstone, aka Dalziel – the hero in my August (late July!) release, the very last Bastion Club novel, MASTERED BY LOVE.

4 Responses to “5 Questions With…Stephanie Laurens”
  1. Anna Campbell says:

    Stephanie and Kate, happy Australia Day! Kate, great questions! You and Stephanie certainly launched the new blog in style! Got a good giggle out of the answers. Stephanie, I think Ilya K was David McCallum who I think I caught a glimpse of in NCIS when I was channel surfing. Does anyone else know?

  2. Elyssa Papa says:

    Happy Australian Day, too! I loved the questions, too. And, yes, David M. is in NCIS; he plays a character named Ducky.

    Ohhh, I’m totally agreeing with you about Daziel, Stephanie.

  3. Sara Bennett says:

    Great questions and answers Stephanie and Kate. Great way to open up the new Avon Authors site!

  4. PJ Ausdenmore says:

    Fun interview! I love the Bastion Club series and am so looking forward to Dalziel’s book.

    Stephanie, David McCallum was married to actress Jill Ireland. That may be where the name confusion came from. An interesting bit of trivia…McCallum introduced his wife to Charles Bronson when the two men were filming “The Great Escape”. A couple years later she left McCallum and married Bronson. Guess in Hollywood it doesn’t pay to introduce your wife to your friends.

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