Guest Author: Janna MacGregor

It never ceases to amaze me what incredibly talented people romance authors are—the varied careers they’ve had and the way so many juggle professional careers with romance writing. My special guest author today is no exception.

When award-winning historical romance author, Janna MacGregor, discovered she was about to have triplets and needed to have bed rest, she decided to study for a law degree. (You thought I was about to say that she decided to write romances, didn’t you?) 

Janna says that she “remembered her attorney-husband’s sage advice that successful attorneys always have the last word in an argument”, took these words to heart, became an attorney and a managing partner of his law firm. Now, she is still a lawyer by day and her husband and triplets can attest to the fact that she always has the last word in an argument. 

But wait…there’s more…At night, Janna writes sexy Regency historical for St. Martin’s Press. It sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? But, this superwoman manages to balance all her roles successfully.

I’m currently reading the second of Janna’s Cavensham Heiresses series, “The Bride Who Got Lucky” and I’m loving it just as much as I loved her first book, “The Bad Luck Bride”. Then, I still have the third title, “The Luck of the Bride” to look forward to.



I caught up with Janna at RT18 in Reno, and she very kindly agreed to be on my Guest author blog. It’s a pleasure to have her here and now for her answers to my quick author quizzing!
Hi Janna, I'd love you to tell us about your latest release and whether it posed any particular challenges to write.
Hi Alyssa. It’s an absolute pleasure and delight to be here today.

My latest release is The Luck of the Bride, the 3rd book in the Cavensham Heiresses series that I’m currently writing for St. Martin’s Press. 

In this story, an orphaned viscount’s daughter is responsible for raising her three siblings without the necessary means. What’s the poor woman to do when she doesn’t have any money? Whatever is necessary! Besides raising sheep, she decides to embezzle from her own trust fund. When the trustee, Michael Cavensham, the handsome Marquess of McCalpin, discovers March’s embezzlement and the hard times her family faces, he whisks them all to London. Soon, he’s appointed guardian for March’s three siblings. Poor March has no choice but to accept her change in circumstances. But how can she manage the handsome trustee who controls her purse strings—when he tugs at her heart strings as well?

All books are challenges for me. When I sit down to write the first page, I try to have an outline of the story, but I often find-as so many writers do-that my characters have their own ideas about how they want their story told.

I'm looking forward to "The Luck of the Bride." What is next for you as an author?

On November 27th, 2018, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DUKE, the fourth book in the Cavensham Heiresses series is released. In the first book of the series, THE BAD LUCK BRIDE, readers were introduced to Lord Paul Barstowe and Lady Daphne Hallworth. Now a duke, Paul has to convince Daphne that he’s worth the struggle to find true love. Imagine Home Alone meets the Regency, and you’ve got a great glimpse of how the story unfolds.

How do you manage juggling your legal career with your writing and family commitments?

Well, my family comes first, but I’m so lucky that they’re an understanding bunch particularly, my lovely husband. I’ve been known to disappear into my study and not emerge for hours (and I mean lots and lots of hours) later. I’m fortunate that I can set my own schedule in my law practice, so I can concentrate on writing.

I can definitely relate to your answer there!
Which place is the top of your travel wish list?

Anywhere in the United Kingdom. I can find so much inspiration in the country walks, the charming and quaint villages, the great estates, and the bustling cities. One place on my bucket list is St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s the oldest and most easterly city in North America. I want to see the whales and stroll along the shores.

I'm sure you can picture your characters in the English settings!
In all the highlights of your writing career, is there one moment that stands out for you?

I received a lovely note from a reviewer before the publication date of my first book. In it, she told me how much she loved THE BAD LUCK BRIDE. I can’t begin to tell you the excitement and relief I felt! I was convinced that no one would read it.

Thanks again for being here today, Janna. I'm looking forward to catching up in New Orleans next May for the new Booklovers Convention.

You may find out more about Janna on her website: https://www.jannamacgregor.com


Thank you for visiting the Quick Author Quizzing Blogspot today. I hope you'll return next Saturday for my next Guest Author, Amy Andrews. Until then, Happy Reading!

Best wishes,
Alyssa J. Montgomery

http://www.alyssajmontgomery.com/ 

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About the Blogger:
Alyssa J. Montgomery is an Australian contemporary romance author who is published by Escape Publishing (Harlequin Enterprises, Australia). She also 
writes medieval romance as Alyssa James,



 

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