Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book Tour: Lancaster House by Taylor Dean Interview

Lancaster House by Taylor Dean

Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9781475068689
Number of pages: 304 pages
Word Count: 91,303

Book Description: 

Are you ever really alone?

Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory. As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house . . . not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster. Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways . . . and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his. Who is he? More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling—and questioning everything she’s ever known. To her dismay, Zoe’s actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House . . . and the love of her life.


  1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?

An interesting story! I never planned to write anything paranormal. I don’t even read paranormal; okay, other than Twilight. However, it happens to be the favorite genre of my daughter. She called me one day and asked me to please write a paranormal story. By the time our conversation came to an end, I found myself promising to think about it—even while knowing in my heart it would never happen. My mind just doesn’t think that way!

Or so I thought!

About this time, I was addicted to American Idol and Adam Lambert! Adam’s performance of ‘Mad World’ (in the finale) on a fog-shrouded stage wearing vampire-like garb left my imagination on overdrive! Suddenly, a plot entered my mind. That was when Lancaster House was born! One amazing performance=one 90,000 word novel. Go figure!

  1. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
I knew I wanted the story to revolve around a creepy mansion. Since Adam Lambert was the inspiration for my hero, I thought, “Hmmmm, A.L. What would my hero’s name be if he had the same initials?” That’s when I settled upon the name of Andre Lancaster. The title of the book was easy after that. Lancaster House! Once I named the book, I never once changed my mind.

  1. Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?

In the end, I LOVE romance, no matter what the genre! Whether it’s paranormal, suspense, or contemporary, as long as romance is the major part of the story, I’m happy.

  1. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
The day an agent called and offered representation was pretty darn exciting. As a matter of fact, the book that he signed me for was Lancaster House. He loved it! Since then, a positive review of any of my books leaves me positively giddy—jumping up and down, crying, screaming, etc. Seriously!

  1. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?

I am currently reading ‘Pulled’ by A. L. Jackson.

  1. What is your writing process?
I tend to write and write and write till the story is down on paper. Then I go back and edit, edit, edit. However, I NEVER sit down at the computer and stare at a blank screen. I write the story in my head first. By the time I’m in front of the computer, the story spills onto the paper! I never sit down to create until I know exactly what I’m going to write.

  1. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 
I’ve never done a book signing, but I do get asked by friends and family to sign their books. I just sign my name. Frankly, it’s easier to write a novel than to come up with clever things to write when signing a book!

  1. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I was voted ‘most shyest’ for senior mosts in High School. If you know me, then you know it’s just not true!

  1. How do you react to a bad review?
I brood over it for days. I haven’t learned to brush it aside and not worry about it. Don’t think I ever will! It’s very hard to spend months working on a book, only to have someone rip it apart with a few careless sentences. Ouch! But, everyone has their own opinion and I have to graciously accept it. It’s part of the business. It isn’t easy, though.

  1. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
My hubby took me out to my favorite Italian restaurant. I don’t think we talked about anything other than my books the entire night!

Thanks for having me on your blog, Alisia!


Note: While Lancaster House tells the story of a heartfelt romance, the scenes that propel the story forward are the scenes between Zoe and her psychiatrist, Doctor Channing. 

The next day, Wade read over Doctor Abernathy’s notes one more time. The girl he described was nothing like the one he’d met with yesterday.
He was making progress. She was wary of him, naturally. She was obviously biding her time, waiting for her chance to prove herself ‘normal.’ She was far more intelligent than they had originally given her credit for. Her sudden cooperation made him uneasy, even though it was exactly what he’d wanted to achieve.
Zoe walked in then, her head held high. Her blond hair was neatly combed today, her bangs framing her heart shaped face. A hint of crimson stained her cheeks, evidence she was coming back to life before his eyes. Her suicide attempt had left her hospitalized for over two weeks, hanging between life and death. Her recovery was considered a miracle. She wore a fresh pair of pajamas. The standard uniform was a white t-shirt and white pajama pants and she looked clean and fresh in them. The small logo that represented their facility—a crescent moon combined with a cloud—sat on the upper right hand side of her shirt along with the name, Serenity Hills.
“Hello, Doctor Channing,” she said politely.
“Hello, Zoe. How are you today?”
“I’m perfectly fine with not a care in the world,” she answered sardonically.
Wade smiled at her in spite of himself. Maybe it was a stupid question. Perhaps he’d dispense with the ‘how are you’ from now on. Her eyes wandered around his office as if taking it all in for the first time. Her next words were said with a frown on her face. “This office is awful.”
“Excuse me?”
“Your office . . . it’s downright sterile in here, cold even. You need to hire an interior designer, warm the place up a bit. You’ll have better results with your patients.”
“Is that a fact?” Wade smiled at her insight, even while admitting to himself she was right. The room had white tile floors, white walls, fluorescent lighting, white plastic blinds on the windows and no pictures on the walls other than his medical certificates. His desk was metal and the drawers creaked. It was a cold office. Zoe sat stiff-backed in a hard plastic chair. “Are you always this blunt?”
Zoe blushed. “Sorry. It’s an obsession. I mentally decorate every room I’m in, to the point of distraction.”
“Perhaps you can give me some pointers.”
“I’d start with painting the walls, a deep, rich color. Then I’d add some throw rugs, and then curtains that add color, but let the sun in. You need a couch, something classy, but comfortable, with lots of pillows. Replace that hideous desk with something mahogany. Then maybe some lamps for softer lighting . . .” Zoe trailed off. “You weren’t serious, were you?”
“Not really, but now that you mention it, it sounds good.”
Zoe scoffed.
Wade got down to business. “Where do you want to start?” he asked, wondering if she’d assume he was asking her about decorating projects.
“I don’t know.”
She knew exactly what he was talking about and it had nothing to do with design. “What would you say if I told you there is no such thing as ghosts?” He wanted to get a rise out of her again today. Her answer would be telling. Had she seen the error of her ways all on her own? Had she realized the extent of her delusions?
“You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” Her hands gripped the arms of the chair until her knuckles turned white.
“What would you say if I told you they do exist?”
His hopes for an astounding recovery plummeted. “I would have to disagree.”
“Then we have nothing more to talk about, do we?”
“Sorry, you’re not off the hook, Zoe.”
Zoe’s demeanor changed and her eyes stared into the distance, as if she was lost in thought. “It’s real—it’s all real,” she whispered, her eyes haunted.
“Tell me, Zoe. Start with the purchase of Lancaster House.” Several minutes ticked by and he began to think she wouldn’t answer, but then, in a timid voice, her story began to spill forth.
“It’s a stunning house, everything I’d ever dreamed of owning . . .”

About the Author:

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.



twitter: @taylordeanbooks


1 comment:

  1. Hi Alisia! I appreciate the interview and promo on your blog! Thanks so much. It's a pleasure to be here!