Tracy Anne Warren Talks “The Last Man On Earth”
New York Times bestselling author Tracy Anne Warren answers our questions about The Last Man on Earth, the first sexy and romantic title in her new contemporary series about corporate combat in the boardroom and under-the-covers passion in the bedroom…
The Last Man on Earth is your contemporary romance debut. What made you decide to leave the regency historicals you’re known for and move into this new territory?
Actually, I’m not leaving Regency historicals at all, I’m just adding contemporary romance to the mix and having great fun doing it.
Before I was published in historical romance, the first manuscripts I wrote were contemporaries. However, at the time, contemporary romance was a hard sell, so I put those manuscripts aside––including the drafts of The Last Man on Earth (The Graysons series #1) and The Man Plan (The Graysons series #2)––and concentrated on my historicals instead.
Now that contemporary romance is popular again, I was excited when my agent suggested we submit those old manuscripts to my publisher. I was even more pleased when my editor said she loved the novels and wanted to publish them, along with a third book that I’ll be writing for my new contemporary series. It is my hope to continue writing both contemporary and historical romance, assuming readers enjoy them and the fates are kind.
How did the research process for The Last Man on Earth compare to what you do for your historicals?
As you might imagine, research for a contemporary romance is generally easier than for an historical; we all live in the modern world, yet none of us has personal, first-hand knowledge of early 19th century British society. However, research for my contemporary novels has its own set of challenges. Just as I do for my historical novels, I found myself researching fashion, popular music and other details of every day life that give depth and create a sense of realism. One thing I did not have to research for my contemporaries is word origin. Writing contemporaries gives me the fun and freedom to use any word I want, including new slang. In the end though, careful research is needed for both kinds of books.
What can readers expect next from you?
My next novel, The Man Plan (the second title in The Graysons series) is scheduled for release in August 2014. It will be followed by The Bedding Proposal, the first in my new The Rakes of Cavendish Square historical series. It features the younger Byron siblings and is scheduled for release in spring of 2015.
What books are currently sitting on your nightstand?
MacRieve by Kresley Cole, Allegiant by Veronica Roth and Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh.
Tracy Anne Warren is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romance novels including the Princess Bride romances. After working in the corporate world for a number of years, she quit her day job to pursue her first love: writing. She has won numerous industry awards, including Romance Writers of America’s RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award and the HOLT Medallion. She currently lives in Maryland with a small clowder of rescue cats.
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