I’m excited to welcome Brianna Labuskes, author of One Step Behind, to NovelKnight! Her book is out TODAY so go check it out after hearing a bit more of the woman behind the words. And if you need a little convincing, you can read my review of One Step Behind!
All About You
You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired One Step Behind?
Thank you so much, and thanks for having me! Well, I absolutely adore the Regency era for romance novels, because there’s an extra layer of danger—of tension—when the characters flirt and interact. You know, with all those rules and restrictions that are just begging to be broken. With that in mind, I started with an absolutely clear picture of what I wanted the first scene to be and the characters led me on a merry chase after that!
Introduce us to your main character!
Gemma is such a driving force. She was never taught how to be a proper lady, but she knows how to pick a lock and brandish a knife. She’s strong enough to be her own hero, but she’s also strong enough to lean on Lucas when she needs to. There are definitely times when she gets in her own way when it comes to things like feelings, but she grows a lot throughout the story.
Walk us through a day in the life of Brianna Labuskes.
I’m up super, ridiculously early for my job (I’m an editor at a health care foundation), but that means I have a lot of the afternoon to do what I love — write. After a tiny bit of Internet surfing, I try to buckle down for at least two hours a night for whatever my current work-in-progress is. This is with the caveat that if I’m reading a really good book, I sometimes can’t drag myself away and end up wiling the whole night away with a glass of wine and an engaging story I can’t put down.
Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
Everyone gets tired of hearing it, but write. Write again. And then write some more. It really is a muscle that needs exercise. When I forced myself to sit down and do it every day, it was so hard. But the more you do it, the easier it becomes, and you can let yourself really enjoy it. And then it starts feeling weird not to write.
I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?
I’m currently blowing through Mary Balogh’s shelf. She has a great series about truly damaged (Napoleonic) war heroes, and while I usually lean more toward fluff than angst, she has a way of creating beautiful and fascinating characters that reels me in!
Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?
Because it’s fun to watch a strong woman fall in love with a man who lets her be who she is.
Now for the Fun…
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Bubbly romantic bibliophile
What is your Hogwarts house(s)?
Ravenclaw for sure! I love learning and studying.
Your characters are sent into the Hunger Games. Who wins?
Gemma, absolutely. She was made for it! And she’s got just enough sass to go up against Snow.
A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to cast your characters. Which actors/actresses make the cut?
Emma Stone for Gemma and Matt Bomer for Lucas
(After reading One Step Behind I LOVE this casting. Absolutely perfect <3 –Austine)
This morning you woke up with the ability to time travel to only one time period. Where (or more accurately “when”) would you go?
It may be predictable but I have to go with Regency London. The balls. The scandals. The dresses. The curls! There’s something so inherently romantic about it, I can’t pass it up.
Coffee or tea?
Tea – never drink coffee!
Best ice cream flavor ever?
You can’t beat chocolate chip cookie dough. Hands down.
Your theme song/personal anthem?
Want It All, by Cam
“I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am tonight.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?
Don’t judge your Chapter One against someone else’s Chapter Twenty
Published on September 26, 2016 by Entangled Publishing LLC
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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London, 1812. When the unconventional Gemma Lancaster embarked on a mission to infiltrate high society and avenge her beloved cousin's murder she never would have guessed she'd end up in the arms of a thief. At least, that's what she assumes when she discovers Lucas Stone breaking into a private safe.
Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester, has a reputation for arrogance and a soft-spot for his sister, which is how he ends up in the predicament of hiding behind a curtain at midnight with the dreadfully dull Miss Gemma Lancaster. But he soon discovers appearances can be deceiving when the country mouse turns into a spitfire in front of his eyes and she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with him.
Though one is chasing a blackmailer and the other a murderer, they quickly realize they are on the hunt for the same villain. Now they must work together, which would be fine, if they could decide if they'd rather fall in love or kill one another.