February 24, 2014

Character Interview: Eva Kenward from Once Upon A Montana Christmas @alannalucas27 #RLFblog

Once Upon A Montana Christmas 
Title Once Upon A Montana Christmas
Genre Historical Romance
Author Name Alanna Lucas
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Miss Eva Kenward does not want to spend another Christmas alone. Leaving Queen Victoria's England, she journeys to America in search of an uncle but finds herself on the rugged frontier of Montana. And with no money and no acquaintances, the rudest man she has ever met is the one she must engage. Especially considering the precious bundle in her arms.
"Hunt" Strauss has been fooled before by beauty. So when the ravishing young woman arrives on his doorstep, he suspects her of ulterior motives. But perhaps the baby she holds truly is his kin...and when Miss Kenward finds herself stranded after a hotel fire, he reluctantly agrees to help. Bringing her to his sprawling ranch, Hunt tries to keep his distance. But the enticing woman and her enthusiasm for the season soon prove that fairy tale love stories—and holiday wishes—really can come true.

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Interview with Eva Kenward

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Eva Kenward. I am originally from England where I was a companion to my stepmother's aunt. It was a comfortable, albeit boring life. My only relations are a half-brother, and a distant uncle. I love to read and have always been fascinated with tales of the Wild West.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want to be part of my family, but my stepmother and half-brother have other ideas for my future. I have a distant uncle in California. Although he has not responded to my letters, I hope to be reunited with him in the near future.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I constantly worry that when I finally succeed in reaching California and find my uncle that he will have even less interest in me than my dead father.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
My greatest fear is to never find my uncle and be part of a real family. My life gets considerably complicated when I lose all my funds, clothing…everything! I am forced to find work while my dream of reaching California slips further away.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
What would that person say about you?
What is your family like?
My mother died when I was a little girl and my father soon remarried. At first I was excited to have a stepmother, but that excitement gave way to loneliness. She never had time for me, always too concerned with the latest soiree or fashionable pursuit. My half-brother was far worse. He was the heir and controlled my entire existence.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
More than happy. All my hopes and dreams came true in the wild west I love so much.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
I'm a panster learning to plot. I love to research, but I have to set time limits.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
How willing Eva was to leave a comfortable life behind in England and venture into the unknown by herself.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy?
The simple joy she found in experiencing Hunt's family traditions.
Why do you write?
I write because I love to write.
What do you want to write next?
A Regency romance. The central theme is family, but my hero loses sight of what is most important when he becomes obsessed with vengeance.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Author Bio

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California. From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel destination, Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or going for long walks. Alanna Lucas is a member of the Romance Writers of America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

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  1. I enjoyed reading your character's interview and your plans for a Regency, Alanna. Good luck!

    1. I am ecstatic about my Regency novellas! Thank you

  2. That was a really good character interview!! I tweeted.

    1. That means a lot coming from you :-) Thank you!

  3. Thanks for being here today, Alanna. :) Gloria and Ella, glad you popped in!

  4. Good interviews and a great blurb. I tweeted.

  5. Fun interview! I look forward to reading this! Tweeted as well.

    1. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you!

    2. Really enjoyed learning about your heroine via this interview. Fun read! And a Regency story in the works! Hooray! Alanna!

  6. Alanna! I loved this character. So glad to see you here. (-;

    1. Thanks Danube! Your support has been awesome!

  7. Thanks so much to everyone who's dropped by today. It's been fun to see all the comments and support for Alanna. :)


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