What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
My new novel is titled The Cruiserweight. The book combines wrestling with romance. Brett Kerrigan and Karen Montgomery aren’t the average novel main characters. There is “wrestler” Brett that the public sees, but readers will get a look at the human side of him. Cocky and arrogant in the ring, away from the spotlight, Brett is a kind-hearted man with anxiety problems which are only calmed by marijuana use. He’s frustrated with his status in a major wrestling company until he’s released from his talent contract. He’s uneasy around women except for those who are his friends or the occasional one-night stand. Karen is a plus sized woman seventeen years older than Brett, and a sports journalist whose focus is on wrestling. She’s been a fan of his for years and even wrote a feature on Brett, which earned her an award. They meet a year after Karen’s feature is printed, become fast friends, and their relationship emerges from there. In between, readers learn of the ups and downs in each of Brett’s and Karen’s respective careers and personal lives.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m the youngest of six children, the daughter of a Navy veteran who served in World War II. I’ve been a resident of Southwestern Pennsylvania my entire life. I have many interests, including reading, theater, music, art, and health topics. I’ve been writing for both pay and relaxation since the age of 18. My published work has covered topics from fiction to news stories, human interest features, and entertainment reviews. I wrote The Wrestling Babe weekly internet column since 2003 (which now runs bi-weekly due to concentration on other projects), am a former music reviewer for Indie Music Stop, and penned several other works which appeared in both print and Web media.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to do something original that would stand out among the smattering of vampire novels and everyday romances. I’ve been told by readers they’ve never seen a wrestling novel, even though there are a few wrestling books on the market. My love for the sport and respect for those who participate in it, along with adding a little romance in between helped form an idea during the summer of 2008, and came to fruition almost two years later.
How did you publish this book?
The Cruiserweight will only be available in e-book and for electronic readers (Nook, Sony Reader, Kindle) at the present time. However, there are a couple of independent publishing houses that are looking over my manuscript, so a book form may be forthcoming later this year.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I was encouraged in high school. I wasn’t much of a talker, but found I could express myself easier when I wrote things down. When I was on my high school’s newspaper staff, I was the first to have an article published in an actual newspaper when a music review I did was discovered by a classmate in a school paper edition. Their father was a columnist for the local paper, and asked permission to reprint it. Of course, I said yes.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Not so much writing as editing!
How do you do research for your books?
I use plenty of Internet resources as well as watched a lot of wrestling programs. I’ve talked to people in the industry and got to know a few key players personally. I’ve read fan message boards and columns. There was a lot of personal experience thrown in too.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
After The Cruiserweight, I may take a break for a short period. I do have an idea for my next book, which I’m taking notes as I think of things I’d like to put in it. “Free writing,” if you will.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Lots of patience, be open to suggestions, have an unbiased second pair of eyes to read over your work, and don’t ever let anyone say you can’t do it. You can!
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
I appear on as many sites as possible, as well as have granted a few interviews. I’ve contacted a few promotions about setting up a table at events, and of course, there’s my website and Twitter.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I have a website, www.lannecarrington.com.