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Gwyn Cready writes sexy and fun time-travel novels that have been praised by Janet Evanovich and honored with a RITA Award (Seducing Mr. Darcy, Best Paranormal Romance of 2009). Now her latest book, Aching for Always, has earned the distinction of Romance of the Month from BookPage's Christie Ridgway.
Aching for Always follows Joss O’Malley as she struggles to save her family's map-making company—and travels through time with a Navy Captain seeking revenge for wrongs of the past (committed by none other than Joss's dad). Ridgway writes that the story is a "rollicking romantic adventure through time and space . . . full of twists, turns and sizzling love scenes."
To learn more about the woman behind the novels, we asked Cready seven questions about writing, books and life. And now we can't wait for A Novel Seduction—working title—Cready's first non-time-travel romance! (Keep reading for details.)
What's the best writing advice you've ever gotten?
From Nora Roberts, though she didn't give it to me personally. She said when she hears writers talking about their creative muse, she wants to bitch slap them. The only method that works, she says, is the "ass in chair" method. I agree with her wholly, though in my case you'd have to extend it to be the "ass in chair, fingers on keyboard, logged off of Facebook and Gmail" method.
Of all the characters you've every written, which one is your favorite?
I have a real soft spot for Drum, the captain of the privateer in Tumbling Through Time. Maybe it's because he looks like Colin Firth (never hurts.) Maybe it's because he is such a natural seaman. Maybe it's because he ends up yearning for the heroine but not getting her. I think there are more stories ahead for Drum.
What was the proudest moment of your career so far?
Oh, winning the RITA. Hands down. I think it even eclipsed getting the call that my first book sold. What made the night so special, apart from winning, of course, was that not only was my husband there, but four very close friends had come in to attend as well. It was great to share the night with them. That day was also my younger sister Claire's birthday. It had been Claire's unexpected death twelve years earlier that spurred me to become a writer. I know she was watching that night. In fact, if I know Claire, she was the one who made it happen.
Author photo by Garen DiBartolomeo.