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Lenora Bell Interview - author photograph

I’m delighted to welcome Historical Romance Author LENORA BELL to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thanks so much for hosting me, Carol! I’m delighted to be here. I’ve been reading Rakes and Rascals for several years now and I love your interviews and reviews and how engaged you are with the romance community.

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Lenora:
I was born in Southeast Alaska and spent my whole childhood in a very small, isolated town. When I say small, I mean that my high school graduating class had less than twenty-five kids, there were no traffic lights, and no one bothered locking their doors or taking the keys out of the car ignition when they went to the grocery store. And it’s still the same today! I’m a third-generation Alaskan (on my father’s side) and most of my family still lives there. I try to visit as often as possible.

Lenora Bell Interview - with father
Me and my father on a visit home last year 

Lenora Bell Interview - Fireweed, Alaska
View of the harbor in Alaska 

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Lenora:
I’m easy-going most of the time but I get passionate about things and can be very emotional—I cry a lot at movies and while reading my favourite books. The last book that made me sob was Lorraine Heath’s novella When the Marquess Falls. She just twisted my heart into knots with that one. Her writing is so powerful.

 


R&R
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When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Lenora:
I have the curse of the sweet-salty cravings. Give me salted caramels! Pretzels and m&m’s. Honey balsamic vinaigrette. Sweet and sour chicken.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Lenora:
I have a white lace day dress from my great-grandmother Lenora that’s still in excellent condition. She used to play the organ for silent movie theatres in Minnesota. There’s something so romantic about picturing her wearing that dress and setting the emotions on the screen to music.

 

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Lenora:
My husband and I recently visited Portugal and absolutely fell in love. We went to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant and heard musicians playing traditional fado folk music, which usually features a strong, melancholic female lead vocalist singing with great dignity and drama. I would love to live there!

Lenora Bell Interview - Viana do Castelo, Portugal
A view of Viana do Castelo in Portugal (with delicious Caipirinha cocktail)

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Lenora:
I recently attended the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend and had a fabulous time, but everyone warned me about the infamous Author Q&A session. I didn’t think anything of it because I’m pretty comfortable being on stage, but when it came my time to take the mic and be asked a random question – I completely blanked! I spent several agonizing seconds (felt like hours) staring wildly at the large crowd of romance readers. I eventually thought of something to say but those moments of deafening silence…talk about embarrassing!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Lenora.

I truly appreciate the chance to be featured on Rakes and Rascals!



If you would like to find out more about Lenora and her books, here are the links:

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