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Cool Authors, Haute Dogs: GWYN CREADY author of A NOVEL SEDUCTION


Do you have another book in the works?

 I do! My next book (working title, Playing the Past) is a return to time travel romance, but as for after that, even I don't know. I'm writing the first chapters for two different books--one is the first of a trilogy of a very interesting time travel idea. The second is a contemporary about a yummy British art thief. I'm going to let my editor decide. I'm also working on a memoir about me and my sister, who passed away when she was only 31.

What are you reading right now?

 I just finished Michael Connelly's The Fifth Witness. He's such an engaging writer, though I have to admit I like his more troubled hero, Harry Bosch, a little more than I do Mickey Haller. I like my heroes to be flawed. I'm also listening to the eighteen book in Patrick O'Brian's wonderful twenty-book series about Jack Aubrey, naval captain during the Napoleonic Wars, and his friend, Stephen Maturin, ship surgeon and spy. The New York Times called the books "the best historical fiction ever written." I have to agree. And I'm about to start my friend Meredith Mileti's recent women's fiction debut, Aftertaste: A Novel is Five Courses. I know it will be mouth-watering.

How many books a year do you read?

 Ha! I used to read dozens and dozens. That was before I became a writer. Now, I'm always behind, and anytime I could be reading, I know I should be writing. The only books I "read" are the ones I listen to on while I walk on the treadmill in the morning--lately, Diana Gabaldon's The Fiery Cross, Simon Winchester's A Crack in the Edge of the World, and, as I said, Patrick O'Brian's The Wine-Dark Sea--or the five or ten pages I can get through before collapsing into sleep each night in bed. It's sort of sad, I think.

What does your dog like to do while you write  or read?
 My darling dog, Socks, is always asleep at my feet--except when some other dog in the neighborhood has the unmitigated gall to walk by our house, of course. Then he's barking a mile a minute at the window in the family room (where he has an unparalleled view of his territory) or the front door.

What is your dog’s favorite activity?
 Barking, of course, is always #1. He's a Silky Terrier, so not very big (not that he knows that.) He also likes to play "Try to Take the Toy From Me." That's always a popular one, complete with fierce growling and occasional "Pay More Attention" yips. And when I sit on the couch to write, there's always the "See if I can Mom to Lift Her Laptop So I Can Sit There Instead." He's so adorable.

Thank you, Bookhounds for hosting me today.


Book Description

October 25, 2011
From the old steel mills of Pittsburgh to the picturesque hills of Scotland, romance novels save the day in RITA Award–winning author Gwyn Cready’s fun and sensuous take on literature and modern-day love.When snobbish book critic Ellery Sharpe screws up at Vanity Place magazine, her boss assigns her the ultimate punishment: write an ode to romance novels, a genre she considers the literary equivalent of word search puzzles. To make matters worse, he hires her sexy former party boy ex, Axel Mackenzie, to shoot the photos. Axel really wants the project to succeed. For one, the magazine will double his fee if he convinces strong-willed Ellery to write a story no woman can resist. Besides, getting Ellery to fall for romance novels might be just the push she needs to believe people can change . . . even him. At his sister’s advice, Axel gives Ellery a copy of Kiltlander, a much-adored romance whose warrior hero is utterly irresistible. To her dismay, Ellery finds herself secretly falling in love with the story—and with Axel, who’s drawing his own lessons from the book’s compelling hero. With her carefully crafted image of herself crumbling and her dream job on the line, will Ellery risk it all to make the leap from tight-lipped literati to happily-ever-after heroine?

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