There isn’t much difference. L.A. and Lauren (as well as Lori and Ann, my two other pen names) all write at the same desk on the same computer while listening to the same music. I don’t really have to change much in terms of my state of mind when I shift back and forth between the various names. Though it is kind of amusing to switch back and forth between a sweet Christian romance and a kinky bisexual ménage…
2. Does coming up with a title for your work give you the heebie jeebies or is it easy as pie?
Generally speaking, titles come easy. It’s not unusual at all for the book to have a name before the characters have names. The Princess and the Porn Star, All The King’s Horses, and The Saint’s Wife, to give three examples. Other titles, like Reconstructing Meredith, came about while I was outlining the story. It’s extremely rare for me to actually start writing before I come up with a title, and usually the title just sort of….happens. I’d say I struggle with titles on maybe one out of four books. Amusing sidenote: When Aleksandr Voinov and I wrote Capture & Surrender, we didn’t come up with a title until we were literally writing the last page of the story.
3. Razor Wire is your first lesbian novel, is it not? What was your inspiration to branch out? Do you plan on writing more lesbian tales?
It is indeed my first lesbian novel. I had been thinking about it for quite a while, and then after Sarah Frantz and I talked about the market a bit at RT in 2013, I decided it was time to write one.
4. What comes first? The story or the characters? Is one easier to roll with than the other?
It really depends on the story. With Razor Wire, I knew I wanted to write a lesbian military romance that dealt with sexual assault. I started with Reese’s character, but I didn’t know who to pair her with or what the conflict would be. When I came up with Kim, the story pretty much fell into place. Every story seems to come about differently, so I just roll with whatever I come up with and see what happens.
5. Cats or Dogs? Lots of love for doggies, but I’m a kitty person.
Rainy days or Sunny days? Both
Coffee, tea or wine? Coffee, and I’m picky as hell about it.
Comedies or dramas? Depends on my mood.
Night owl or early bird? Night owl.
DC or Marvel? Plenty of love for DC, but Marvel brought us Hawkeye, so…they win.
Lauren Gallagher is an abnormal romance writer currently living in the wilds of Omaha, Nebraska. She and her husband, along with a coyote-iguana hybrid and two and a half cats, are thought to be in hiding from the Polynesian Mafia and a debt collector in search of a fine for an overdue book from the Library of Alexandria. Lauren continues to skillfully, if somewhat clumsily, elude them, but continues to have run-ins with her arch nemesis, M/M erotic romance author L. A. Witt. The implementation of Operation: I Don't Think So is expected to resolve that problem soon enough.
Lauren’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).
After being raped by a superior officer, MA3 Kim Lockhoff wants to leave the whole thing in the past. A cop herself, she knows all too well that it’s her word—and slutty reputation—against that of a respected Navy officer.
MA2 Reese Marion, a tough cop hiding her own trauma behind a hard-as-nails exterior, has no patience for pretty little princesses who use their cleavage to win favor with the guys. But when Reese is partnered with Kim, she slowly realizes that reputations can lie. Kim is whip-smart, ambitious—and scared. The man who attacked her won’t let anything damage his career, least of all Kim . . . or the baby she’s carrying as a result.
Isolated on Okinawa, thousands of miles away from home, the two women lean hard on each other. But when Kim confides in Reese, she unwittingly puts her new lover—and both of their careers—in the line of fire. Now her attacker just might have the leverage he needs to keep her quiet for good.