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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Theresa Romain - Interview and Giveaway

Have you read Theresa Romain's debut historical romance, Season for Tempatation? If you haven't what are you waiting for? The second book in the series  Season for Surrender was released on Oct 2, and has been getting fabulous reviews. If you have read Season for Temptation then you know that Theresa has a way with chapter titles, that is amusing, fun and contain a hint of things about to happen. 
Season for Temptation 
Chapter 1
(click on the link to read an excerpt)

                                                                     
Season for Surrender 
 Chapter 1
                                                    (click on the link to read an excerpt)

I thought it would be fun, to ask Theresa about her new book, and find out her inspirations for chapter titles.
Interview with Theresa Romain

Welcome, Theresa!  Season for Surrender's heroine Louisa is, secretly, my favorite character in Season for Temptation, so I am so happy that she has her own book. Can you tell us a little about your new book? 

Thanks for hosting me today, Gayle! I’m really glad to join you to celebrate the release of Season for Surrender.

For the quick plot summary, here’s the back cover copy of the book:

HONOR AMONG ROGUES

Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES


Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

I’m so glad you liked Louisa. I like her too, because she’s not fearless but she is courageous. Because of her shyness, she lives in the country with her sister’s family, but she feels rootless. She takes comfort in books (she actually attends the house party to get a look at Xavier’s notable library), but she wants to connect to people too. 

To her, the house party is much more than an amusement; it’s a way to grow stronger by trying something new. Naturally, it winds up being more new and more amusing than she ever expected!



I love your chapter titles. What came first the chapter or the chapter title? 
Thanks—those are fun to come up with. As for whether the chapter or title comes first, it varies over the course of the draft. I write the first few chapters before anything else, and then I start looking for threads that I could pull out into chapter titles. For later chapters, I usually have a plan for what I want it to include, and I might jot down a title idea even before I draft anything

Are some chapter titles easier to write?

Yes, definitely. They’re easier to write for light chapters—in Season for Surrender, the ones with games and fights. (I’m not sure what it says about me that I have an easier time writing fights than pretty much anything else.) For the deeper emotional moments and love scenes, chapter titles are more difficult because I want to hint at the content without making it seem trivial. I also like to give hints, but never spoilers, so that’s something I need to keep in mind when titling a chapter too.

Do you have a favorite chapter title in Season for Surrender?

Probably the first one: “Containing Several Damned Nuisances.” I like how it captures the hero’s cranky mood at the beginning of the book; he has a cold, so he feels lousy, and as a result he’s impatient with his usual sources of amusement

The title actually happened by chance. I wrote the chapter, and was rereading it for the nth time when I realized I’d had Lockwood say “damned nuisance” twice. Instead of changing it, I decided to have Xavier tease him about that, and it became the chapter title.


Are there any rules you have for yourself, when writing a chapter title? Length?

Just one rule: all the titles in a book start with the same word or phrase. In my debut, Season for Temptation, all the chapter titles begin “In Which.” In Season for Surrender, they all start with “Containing.” I like the old-fashioned, dry-witted feeling of chapter titles: think Tom Jones (the novel) or Jerome K. Jerome’s hilarious “Three Men” books.

What chapter title would you give to the blog tour of Season for Surrender?

Of course it has to start with “Containing.” How about “Containing 19 Stops and Infinite Tomfoolery”?
                                                                      
  Giveaway!    
Theresa makes writing chapter titles look easy, but is it? Leave your own chapter title in the comments. You can describe your upcoming day, week or really anything? 
One randomly chosen commentator will win one autographed copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER. Contest is open internationally. Giveaway runs until 10/15 9 pm PST.

Thanks again, Gayle—what a fun interview! I look forward to reading everyone’s chapter titles. 
Authors Bio:
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. Her historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, was published in October 2011. The sequel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, was published in October 2012.
Twitter: @TheresaRomain


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35 comments:

  1. I'm terrible at titles or chapter headings! I think after this week I'd have to say my chapter title would be Turning Whine Into Wine, lol!

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  2. I love books with chapter titles (like Theresa's), but I'm awful at coming up with them. Maybe that's why I've never done them for a book. But if I had to, I'd go with "The Chapter in Which Everything Goes Awry." That sees to be my life lately.

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  3. Gayle, thank you for hosting me! These questions were lovely to think over--this is the first time I've ever really been asked about my chapter titles. Can't wait to see the titles everyone comes up with.

    Rebe, that is excellent! Since it's Friday, it's time to celebrate with the Wine part of the chapter, right? :)

    Shana, thanks for stopping by. I love that chapter title (though not so much the feeling that goes with it...). Hope this weekend is "The Chapter in Which Everything Goes Smoothly and Everyone Sleeps In."

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    1. Thank you, Theresa. You will have to make chapter title bookmarks or pins, as a promotional item, they would be a hit. My chapter title contributions would be, "A Week Where One Cookie Wasn't Enough".

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    2. Bookmarks with romance chapter title mad libs: I can see it now. "Concerning a [time period] of [number] [noun]."

      Sorry one cookie wasn't enough this week! Though a week IS a long time to get by on just one cookie...

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  4. Hi Theresa,

    Trustly, i have no idea about to make the chapter titles but i have to answer it then, i think "The Chapter in What's going on with my jaw, ups" :D

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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    1. Eli, it sounds like there's quite a story behind that title. :)

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  5. Hi Theresa!!
    My chapter title today would have to be:
    The Chapter in Which it Rains cats and dogs and my Kids Have No School. UG.

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    1. Eek! That combination belongs in a horror novel, Jill. How are you getting through the day? Lots of board games and DVDs?

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  6. I am really looking forward to your newest book, it sounds like another great read. I think that most of my chapter titles in my life would be " Seriously? Pass the Chocolate " With 4 kids and 4 dogs I eat lots chocolate.

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    1. Annwitch, I like it. :) In fact, I think "Seriously? Pass the Chocolate" would make a great book title, not just a chapter title!

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  7. The Night She Dreamed The Dream if "Him"

    uuummmm, I'd like to read that chapter!!

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    1. Betty, sounds intriguing. Give it a try writing it!

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  8. Thanks for the great interview. I love chapter titles, they get me thinking about what is going to happen in the chapter, especially if the title is not what you'll expect.
    my chapter title for now would be "The Procrastination of Text Book Reading"

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    1. Bwaha, kipha. I've read that chapter myself...um, more than a few times. Thanks for sharing the chapter-title love!

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  9. I think I would go with: "The Chapter in Which Everything Came Together" which could be used for the last chapter in a novel.

    I have so enjoyed reading Theresa Romain's novels. I just finished reading SEASON FOR TEMPTATION and am now drooling for SEASON FOR SURRENDER. The novels have such humor in them and I find myself laughing out loud as I read them.

    Huge congratulations on your great successes, Theresa! You are very talented.

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    1. Connie, how kind of you! Thanks very much--I'm so glad you liked Season for Temptation.

      You're not far off on the final chapter titles. :) The last chapter of Season for Temptation was called "In Which They All Live Happily Ever After, and Even Have Plum Pudding."

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  10. Your books look really fun!
    My chapter title is The Chapter with the Hotels

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  11. Robin, sounds like you are traveling! Are you on the road for work or for fun?

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  12. I really enjoy the first book and looking forward to reading the second one! :)

    The one in which the heroine of our story gets VERY tired and need to go to sleep! :) That's probably my the chapter name that describe my day so far....

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    1. May, thank you! Since it's Friday, hope you get to live out your chapter tonight. Maybe even "The one in which the heroine sleeps in late tomorrow morning"?

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    1. booksbysteph, I bet there's a story with your chapter too! :)

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  14. Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read, =)

    Happy Saturday!
    //Linda

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  15. Containing water not in a container-work weekend washed out

    Best wishes!

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  16. Laurie G, uh oh! What happened? Did you have plans get rained out (or spilled on)? Best wishes to you too, for an eventually-not-washed-out weekend.

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  18. I think that most of my chapter titles in my life would be
    " Trust my own judgement than what other people say "
    I am really looking forward to your newest book, it's sound great.

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    1. Sweety white, that's great advice. Sounds like you've been writing some fantastic chapters in your life!

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  19. i like books with chapter titles... but for now the title of mine is "moving forward"
    thank you for the chance to win this wonderful book

    rosa_lina_rusli at yahoo dot com

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    1. Rosalina, thanks for joining the titling fun. Hope "moving forward" turns out to be a great chapter for you!

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  20. I love bookworm heroines & I'm so happy that Louisa got her own book. The chapter titles are most amusing; gives me a sense of anticipation what you'll be coming up with in the chapter!

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Linda--that's great to hear! Hope you enjoy Louisa's story, and of course her chapter titles. :)

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  21. Thank you for the giveaway, Theresa. Lot's of fun.

    Thank you everyone who stopped by to comment, and I loved all your Chapter Titles.

    The winner from random.org is Rebe, with "Turning Whine Into Wine".

    Thanks again.

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