Hi guys, I’ve been waiting to post this all month, so it’s exciting to finally be able to share my interview with Carrie Lofty with everyone.
Author: Carrie Lofty
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: April 7th 2014 by Gallery Books
Synopsis: “For fans of Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens, a sizzling new adult novel featuring the tumultuous relationship between a young piano prodigy and a reluctant billionaire playboy—set against the vibrant backdrop of a New Orleans college campus.
After being bounced from foster family to foster family, Keeley, a talented pianist, is ready to start over as a junior at Tulane. But when she plays a small concert that attracts the attention of Jude, a brooding playboy and heir to an enormous fortune in the wake of his parents’ tragic death, suddenly Keeley’s life is thrown off balance once again.
Jude is the first person to confront her about the pain behind her music, and she struggles with whether or not to let him into her life, or to keep protecting herself from the hurt that relationships have caused her in the past. But Keeley’s about to learn that the melancholy young billionaire who appears to have everything can open her eyes to exactly what she needs…”
Interview with Carrie Lofty
1. Summarise Blue Notes in one sentence (I know it’s hard!)
BLUE NOTES is a sizzling new adult novel about a gifted pianist with a troubled past, the sexy, enigmatic playboy who unlocks her secrets, and their passionate nights in exotic New Orleans.
2. What was your biggest inspiration for this novel, and if you remember, where did the idea first strike you?
For reasons I can’t remember, I knew instantly that it needed to be set in New Orleans. Maybe because I’ve always wanted to go…? (I can’t wait for the RT Booklovers’ Convention, by the way!)
From there, I was intrigued by the duality of being truly gifted but unable to share that gift. What reasons would hold someone back? What would be the push that finally get past that block? Of course, being new adult, I knew the heroine would be the young, slightly naïve, ultra-talented one, and her push would be an out-of-this-world guy. Thus Keeley and Jude were hatched.
With regard to her gift, piano was a quick decision too. I’d written extensively about a violinist in Song of Seduction, a historical romance set in Regency Europe. It was time for a pianist. I can’t play music for a darn, but apparently I love writing about musicians.
3. You have published over 20 books – but under four different names! What made you decide to use pseudonyms, and what are the positives to using them?
Each name had a reason behind it. Carrie Lofty is my real name, so that was my first, obvious choice. It worked for historical romances and now for contemporaries. Readers seem to accept that two-part pairing. Plus, teenagers who read BLUE NOTES could also read my historicals without too much of a maturity stretch. That wouldn’t be the case with my paranormal romances under the name Lindsey Piper. We really wanted to make that distinction.
Ellen Connor was the pseudonym I used to co-write apocalyptic romances with Ann Aguirre, and Katie Porter is the co-writing pen name I share with Lorelie Brown for our erotic contemporaries. When it comes to writing with a partner, it feels natural to blend talents under one new identity.
Those are the reasons. The positive is that readers know what they’re going to get from each of my “selves.” The negative is, of course, social networking under four names!
4. What do you think sets Blue Notes apart from all the other ‘shy girl meets playboy’ novels already available?
The exotic New Orleans setting, the importance of art as expression and as a path toward deep emotional connection, and Keeley’s traumatic past. As a young teen, she testified against her father when he was tried for murdering her mother. Her stage fright comes from those memories of sitting on the witness stand with all eyes on her—and from knowing her past will not stay neatly contained in the box of a distant prison cell.
5. If you had to choose only one name to write under for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
Mine! I feel like Spartacus. I am Carrie Lofty!
Thank you Carrie for taking the time out to answer my questions!
Since 2008, RITA-nominated and RT Reviewers’ Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over twenty books to her name–or four names, to be precise. Her paranormal (as Lindsey Piper ) and historical romances from Pocket have been described as “nuanced and superbly realized” (The Chicago Tribune) and “sexy, brutal and somehow innocent” (All About Romance). Now Carrie is celebrating her first New Adult romance, Blue Notes , featuring a shy piano prodigy and a New Orleans playboy shouldering his family’s crumbling empire.
With Lorelie Brown, the Katie Porter co-writing team has been honored with a Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Erotic Ebook, and the first m/m nomination for RT‘s Book of the Year. Back-to-back releases of their La Femme Nakita-inspired “Command Force Alpha” series will begin in August from Samhain.
During her junior year abroad, Carrie lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest, where she’s kept him a happy ex-pat for sixteen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master’s degree specializing in the Old West, Carrie is a movie buff, a former ballroom and bellydancer, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service.