Welcome Hebby Roman to my blog. Her latest book, The Princess and The Templar, is out today.
Lori: Congratulations on having a new book out. You stopped writing for a while. What made you decide to pick up the pen again?
Hebby: Author friends and colleagues encouraged me to pursue e-publishing because there’s more freedom to write what you love for e-publishers than with traditional print houses. I knew that my medieval, The Princess and the Templar, which was a departure from my earlier historicals, was different enough that I wanted to try my hand at submitting it to e-publishers. I was very happy when The Wild Rose Press wanted to publish it.
Lori: Your books usually feature Latino characters. What about that culture fascinates you?
Hebby: It may be more of a matter of background, along with a dose of fascination that compels me to write Latino characters. I was raised on the Tex-Mex border and have studied Mexican culture and history. Also, my husband is Puerto Rican, and I first became fascinated by his culture and history because it’s been so overshadowed by Cuban history and yet the two islands’ histories are so different. Then, of course, there’s the obvious reason: I think Latino men are way cool and sexy. I’m still infatuated with Antonio Banderas, even though he’s an older gentleman now. LOL In The Princess and theTemplar, I have a true meeting of cultures with an Irish princess falling in love with a Spanish Templar knight.
Lori: You’ve written both historical romances and contemporaries. Which is your favorite and why?
Hebby: Unfair question, unfair question!!! Hah, my favorite is the current book out now, so, of course, it must be historicals, right?
Lori: I heard you have a new love in your life. Do you want to tell us about him?
Hebby: Yes, the new love of my life is Max, a maltipoo. His mother was a black poodle and his father was a white maltese. He’s white and cream colored and has the sweetest little personality. He’s tiny, too, at about seven pounds. From the time I first saw him when he was 4 weeks old, he was so sweet and outgoing, licking me and wanting to play. He’s still that way, a lot of fun, a real mischievous imp with a great personality. He’s curled up at my feet while I write this.
Lori: Tell us what’s up next for Hebby Roman?
Hebby: Can I say that I’m not certain? On the one hand, I’d like to see a couple of manuscripts that have older couples featured published. On the other hand, I’m hooked on medieval history and have already started researching the sequel to The Princess and the Templar, which will feature Loghan, the stable lad during a shrouded but important time in Irish history when Edward the Bruce (Robert’s brother) invaded Ireland to try and take it away from the Normans and foster a Celtic union.
You can visit Hebby on the web @ http://www.hebbyroman.com/
I’m giving away three kindle copies of Hebby’s book. If you’d like to be entered in the drawing, just leave a comment. I’ll draw names on Friday. Nov. 29th.