Today my special guest is Lucia Macro, Executive Editor at Avon/Morrow.
I was lucky enough to work with Lucia on CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTICHITWOMAN. Not only is she a fabulous editor, she’s a good sport, as evidenced by the fact she answered the questions below.
JB: Let me start with the important questions: Cheese or chocolate
Lucia: Cheese hands down.
JB Cake or ice cream
Lucia: Oh dear. Kind of neither. I don’t have a sweet tooth—honest! So I am afraid the answer is pie.
JB: Cats or Dogs
Lucia: Dogs. Border collies all the way.
JB: Tea or Coffee:
Lucia: I need my Joe, early & often.
JB: Favorite book of all time:
Lucia: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
JB: Favorite childhood book
Lucia: Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott. I think I read it 100 times.
JB: Name something that’s always in your purse or pocket:
Lucia: Lipstick. Money. After the Great Blackout of 2003 I learned to always carry real cash. (Take note all you pickpockets out there.)
JB: Okay, now it’s time for the REALLY important question: What made you decide to take on CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN?
Lucia: Because it was sooo good. And it was different and fresh. E book readers expect the unexpected; they still love the traditional, but it seems they’re risk takers in their e-reading.
JB: Tell us about some of your other writers and their releases.
Lucia: I think we’d need a few pages. I’ll just say look for books by Rachel Gibson, Gaelen Foley, Stephanie Laurens, and Katharine Ashe. That’s just part of my romance list for the first part of the year! And if you haven’t read Mary Curran Hackett’s PROOF OF HEAVEN, which is a trade paperback original, you have really missed an amazing book.
JB: What kinds of books are you hoping to find to publish?
Lucia: I edit all sorts of romance and women’s fiction in all formats for Morrow and Avon. That’s a pretty broad list, but what I need are books that are going to stand out in today’s marketplace. You need to be original, but also hit the emotional nails on the head so to speak.
JB: What’s the best way to query you?
Lucia: Go through the Avon inbox for romance. If you write general fiction, I only take agented submissions.
JB: Okay, last question: Who’s your favorite character in CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN?
Lucia: The lizard. We’ve had discussions here about who/what he really is. I think we are all correct.
See? I told you she's fabulous.
Since Confessions releases tomorrow, I'm all over the net for the next week or so. Stop by and comment on any (or all, it'll give you more chances to win!) of them and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a secret prize. In addition, Avon is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate to one lucky winner.
Today I'm at:
RAMBLINGS FROM THE CHICK
NOT YOUR USUAL SUSPECTS
Jennifer Hillier's The Serial Killer Files
Stop back tomorrow to find out where else I'll be later this week. If you're not already, follow me on Twitter. Or for more laughs follow the lizard Lucia mentioned and the hitwoman, Maggie