We are pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane. Her latest book DRAWN TOGETHER was recently released, and is the much anticipated story of Raven Smith in the Brown Family series.
Jaded tattoo artist Raven has built a nearly impenetrable wall around her heart, but finally meets her match in smooth-talking and highly successful attorney Jonah Warner. He gets under her skin in a way she never expected and he makes her want to try things she never would have tried before—including love and commitment.
Beauty is more than skin-deep…
Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.
With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring.
Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.
But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…
Interview with Author Lauren Dane
So We are HUGE fans of the Brown Siblings Series! Will Drawn Together be the end of their story?
This part of the series is over. I’ve written books for everyone and I don’t want to drag it out and have readers thinking, “She should have ended this three books ago.” But there’s a whole new generation of Brown/Keenan/Copelands coming up as well as Jonah’s brothers so we haven’t seen the last of these characters.
We know that you began writing while on pregnancy bed rest, but how did you become interested in becoming a writer?
I wrote even when I was very young. I used to write poetry and short stories. I worked on the literary magazine in high school and college but I never really thought I could be a writer as my profession. So I went to college and law school and yep, with a jillion dollars of student loan debt and a high risk pregnancy I thought, why not give it a try since I can’t do anything else right now anyway. It’s pretty awesome that things worked out, LOL.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Always. As I start a new book (and sometimes even before that) I begin to create a tracklist for that book to create a certain sort of atmosphere as I work. Music is a really important part of my creative process (and my life in general).
What is the last book you read?
Seanan McGuire’s Chimes At Midnight (love the October Daye books!)
You write across many different genres, paranormal, erotic romance, urban fantasy to name a few, but who is your favorite book character, and why?
That’s so tough! I think it’s a three way tie between Polly Chase, Nina Reyes-Warden and Rowan Summerwaite.
Each woman has such a strong sense of self and they’re all at different stages of their lives. Polly is the heart of her family. She would slay dragons for them, each and every one. But she’s got her own past and her own hurts she’s gone through. She’s one of those characters who gets on the page and writes herself.
Nina is also a character who has such a sense of herself and her direction. She’s fierce and smart and funny and she loves her family, even when they mess up. She’s not perfect. She makes mistakes but she does apologize when she faces it.
Similarly Rowan is a character who is driven by a sense of duty and honor. She’s sharper than the other two, she’s got more pain in her past, more hurts to heal from. But she’s not so hard she doesn’t let people in, it’s just a slower process. I love how confused she gets sometimes when people reach out and want to help her, I love that she accepts affection with a befuddled embarrassment, but at the same time she soaks it in.
You really connect with your readers through Facebook and Twitter, but what is something surprising that your readers might not know about you?
I’m actually sort of shy. People never believe this, but it’s true. I just have to work through it and once I know the situation a little it’s not quite as painful.
Thanks for chatting with us and thanks for the amazing books.