Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Interview with Gwyn Cready and Giveaway - October 25, 2011

Please welcome Gwyn Cready to the Qwillery. Gwyn's most recent book, A Novel Seduction, was published today!

TQ:   What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Gwyn:  I absolutely have to be working on a ThinkPad because ThinkPads are the only laptops left, I think, that use a keyboard-embedded pointing stick for moving the cursor around instead of a touch pad or external mouse. Touch pads drive me INSANE. I don't know what I'll do when they stop making pointing sticks. I'll probably be one of those crazy old ladies scouring eBay all day long.

TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Gwyn:  Sadly, plotter. It goes against all my sensibilities, but publishers seem to require outlines (at least my publisher does.) Plotting is hard for me and the month or so it takes me to pull an outline together is painful. But when it's done, I am one happy camper because all the hard stuff is over and I can focus on the fun stuff--the actual writing.

TQ:   What inspired you to write the A Novel Seduction?

Gwyn:  Several things, really. I wanted to write a story of second-chance love. Let's face it, Ellery and Axel were meant to be together. Second, I wanted to capture the spirit of someone falling in love for the first time with romance novels. Third, I wanted to do a little nod to the book that made me fall in love with romance novels (thank you, Diana Gabaldon.) And fourth, I wanted to make a gentle poke at the people who dismiss romance novels, especially those who've never read one.

TQ:   What sort of research did you for A Novel Seduction?

Gwyn:  The most fun research I did was touring a microbrewery since Axel, the hero, is interested in buying one. A friend of a friend here owns the fabulous East End Brewing here in Pittsburgh, and he was kind enough to not only give me a tour and talk about the issues involved in running a microbrewery (did you know, for example, that 90% of the work one does at a microbrewery is cleaning?) but also to read the chapters I wrote and offer suggestions. He also gave the very funny story that happens in the brewery in A NOVEL SEDUCTION.

TQ:   Describe A Novel Seduction in 140 characters or less.

Gwyn:  A sexy, laugh-out-loud funny second-chance romance that will remind you what it was like to fall in love with your first man and your first romance novel.

TQ:   The cover features a be-kilted fellow. Can you tell us a bit about the tartan of the kilt?

Gwyn:  Gosh, I wish I knew. It looks pretty close to a Clan Macleod of Harris tartan, though, of course, Axel is Clan Fraser. However, Axel and the man on the cover look good in just about any tartan, so I'm not too worried.

TQ:   Are all kilts the same? Do you have to have a sporran? Are there everyday kilts and dress kilts?

Gwyn:  No, not all kilts are the same. Apart from the tartan (the bands of color) differences, there can different ways to belt them, different weights and a range of color styles even within the same tartan pattern. For example, each clan probably has a muted version of their colors for hunting and a bright version of their colors for dress.

TQ:   In A Novel Seduction, who was the easiest character to write and why?

Gwyn:  The easiest character for me is always the hero. I think it's a lot easier to know what it takes for a man to be heroic if you're a woman than it is to know what it takes for a heroine to be. We have experience closely observing and choosing men. It's harder to have distance when you're talking about a character of your own gender. And of course I fell in love with Axel while I was writing him. I fall in love with all my heroes. He's troubled, which I love in my heroes, but he strives to be a better person in order to earn Ellery's love. That's about the best thing you can say about anyone, man or woman, don't you think?

TQ:   Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Novel Seduction.

Gwyn:  I love the scene in the microbrewery because it shows what Axel is capable of as far as caring and tenderness, even though his feelings are hurt.

TQ:   You've previously written Time Travel Romance. Was it hard to switch to Contemporary Romance.?

Gwyn:  Heck, no. Since my time travels always had a heroine from the present, they had a contemporary feel. And since A NOVEL SEDUCTION has scenes that feel just a touch magical, I felt like there was hardly any difference. In fact, after my editor read the pitch and bought it, I said to her, "You do realize that the book you're buying us a contemporary, not a time travel, don't you?" Since they hadn't said anything, I wasn't even sure they'd noticed.

TQ:   What's next?

Gwyn:  My next book--working title, PLAYING THE PAST, is a return to time travel for me. After that, even I don't know. I'm writing two proposals for my editor, one contemporary, one time travel, and I'll let her choose. I'm also working on a memoir about my relationship with my younger sister, who died young.

TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Gwyn:  Thank you for hosting me.

About A Novel Seduction

A Novel Seduction

Pocket Star, October 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

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?

For more information about Gwyn's books, visit the Book List page at Gwyn's website:

About Gwyn

© Garen DiBartolomeo
Gwyn Cready is the recipient of the 2009 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance and the author of Tumbling Through Time, Seducing Mr. Darcy, Flirting with Forever, Aching for Always and A Novel Seduction. She has been called "the master of time travel romance." A Novel Seduction is her first foray into contemporary romance as well as men in kilts, and she found both eminently satisfying. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

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The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Novel Seduction from Gwyn. US Mailing Addresses Only.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Hero in a tuxedo or hero in a kilt?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. so sad i can't join this whereas your book sound so wonderful =(

  2. What a tough decision...love a man in a tux, very sexy. But a man in a kilt wins, I can almost hear the Scottish burr and see rippling muscle. And how convenient that they wear nothing underneath! (your cover with the man in a kilt with the boxers under makes me laugh every time I see it! sounds like a fun read!)

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  3. This is a tough decision but I'm going to go with the more "practical" choice which is a Tux...only for the reason that I'm not sure I would want the hero flashing anything for another woman to see...lol...."A Novel Seduction" sounds like a fun book to read!


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  4. I would have to go with the tux. Thanks for the chance.

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  5. Hero in a kilt!!!!! Not a hard choice for me at all, LOL.

    I am a follower.
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  6. I've always loved James Bond, so I'm going to have to go with the tux! This sounds like a fun contemporary romance!


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  7. OMG! How can I choose?!? If he's got good, strong legs I'll go with kilt.

    GFC Anne38

  8. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Hero in kilt. Tore923@aol.com

  9. Hero in a kilt. Always. :-)


  10. OOOOHHHHH...Kilt!!! I can imagine him now...rippling muscles, scottish accent...yummy!

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  11. You are a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. I am always looking for new books to read and I think I found one in you. I love the covers of your books, sexy but not too sexy.
    I would have to say I prefer the man in kilt to the tuxedo. Kilts are sexy.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
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  12. This is really tough, but I'm going with a tux.

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  13. Definitely tuxedo..
    gfc: Arianne Cruz
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  15. OH Yay! When I got the e-mail notification for this post, I opened it immediately b/c I am so interested in this author. I literally just picked up a few of her books over the weekend and I'm really excited to start :)

    I'd have to say: hero in a tuxedo. Almost, with few exceptions, every man looks awesome in a tux. While only a few guys can carry off the kilts. The guy can be drop dead gorgeous and still have fugly knees... I'm just sayin'

    GFC ~ erin

  16. I have to go with a kilt! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Thank you very much for the chance to win!
    GFC Krystal Larson
    tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/Icecream1891/status/128898602364960768

  17. It is a tough descision but I want a man in a kilt! LOL! Thanks for sharing a bit with us today!



  18. It'd be a kilt for me! Ooh la la!
    Thanks for the contest!
    I'm a GFC Follower...

  19. I would definitely have to go with a man in a kilt! There is just something sexy about a man in a kilt, with no shirt or an unbuttoned/laced shirt. All those muscles! Not to mention the sexy burr! Yep, I would have to go with kilt.
    GFC follower: June M.
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  20. I may have to try out the think pad.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  21. Either one!! Both looks great..

    old gfc follower

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  22. I'd pick the hero in a kilt any day. Especially if he has an awesome Scottish accent to go with it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower

  23. Tuxedo for me. A man can look like a slob any other day but when he puts on a tux...WOW, OH, WOW! He becomes an instant Mr. Hot and Sexy!!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  24. A Novel Seduction is already on my TRL. My answer is definitely the Kilt.
    There's nothing sexier then a man who is man enough to wear a Kilt and look so manly. :) Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  25. ooops, forgot to mention my GFC name is Lucky47.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  26. I would say tux! I am a follower. Thanks for the giveaway! brendem7@comcast.net

  27. KILT!!! Gotta love a Scotsman in a kilt.

    +1 GFC: ML

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  28. I love my heros in kilts .

    I follow via gfc
    wanda l flanagan
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  29. What can be better than a man in a kilt? Especially if he is bare chested. YUM!!

    The books looks great. You are a new author for me but definitely going on my TOB list.

    flaca798 at hotmail dot com

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  30. Congrats on the book and I loved the interview!
    I like tuxedos and, seriously, what hot blooded woman or male doesn't love a kilted hero? I'd have to say that it would depend on the situation. Having said that, if the hero is one of those "I really don't give a shite about what people think of me" type, which most heroes are - I'd say, I'd love to see a man in a kilt at a black tie corporate charity event, um, at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC!
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  31. Hero in a kilt.
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  32. Though I love a man in a tux, there is just something more sexy about a kilt :) I have to go with the kilt. Great giveaway, I've been dying to dive into these books, would so love to win!!!

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