Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ten things you don’t know about Lancaster House

Ten things you don’t know about Lancaster House

1.     Lancaster House was written because my daughter challenged me to write a paranormal story. (I’d never written paranormal before, nor did I plan to!)

2.     Lancaster House was originally meant to be a short story.

3.     Lancaster House was inspired by the American Idol performance of “Mad World” by Adam Lambert. (the season finale performance) One amazing performance=one 90,000 word novel. Go figure!

4.     The name, Andre Lancaster, was chosen due to the initials, A.L., the same initials as Adam Lambert, who inspired the character of Andre.

5.     The story of Andre driving across the United States at a young age was patterned after the true story of my grandfather doing the same thing. He said it was one of the best things he’d ever done.

6.     My daughter was one of the first to read Lancaster House. She said her hands were shaking during the last chapter and she couldn’t put it down! It was my first clue that I’d written a good book!

7.     Lancaster House was sent to major publishing houses by my agent. No takers! After the response I’ve received, I’d say—in the words of ‘Pretty Woman’—BIG MISTAKE!

8.     In the novel, Andre spends time working on a mansion called the ‘Winchester House,’ which is a real mansion in San Jose, California known as the ‘Winchester Mystery House.’

9.     The Hayes Mansion (another house featured in the novel) is also a real mansion in San Jose, California. Long before it was restored, my parents considered becoming the caretakers. Lancaster House contains many of my memories from searching the nooks and crannies of this mansion.

10.                        After writing Lancaster House, I wasn’t sure it was any good, so I wrote another novel before ever sending out query letters!

Lancaster House
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.

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.


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1 comment:

Taylor Dean said...

Thanks so much for featuring Lancaster House on your blog today, Roxanne!