1) When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
When I really knew was around the age of twelve. Before then I thought of it as more of a fun hobby bought around twelve I started taking it real seriously and wrote small children’s books and poems all the time.
2) What inspired you to write ‘Rescued’?
The inspiration and idea behind Rescued formed long ago when I had just graduated high school. I had been talking to a friend of mine and she had mentioned how it would be nice to see a romance novel that had a couple that reflected her own relationship. I went home thinking I would find one easily and give it to her but there were none. That night I started writing what would become Rescued then I stopped after a few months. I didn’t look at it again until my brother in law passed away. While had first started writing it he would come over and tease me about how I would never finish, and that it was a shame I was taking so long. He would also say he hoped he was alive to see it.. After my brother in law died I decided it was time to finish it took me several years and many rewrites and revisions but I did finish.
3) Which character did you enjoy to write about the most in ‘Rescued’? Which character was the most difficult to write about?
I loved writing Amelia, she is so understanding and warm hearted and her thoughts and feelings came naturally. The hardest I found to write was Margaret, mostly because she is unlike anyone I know.
4) What did you find most challenging about writing ‘Rescued’?
I’d have to say the relationship between Jordan and Amelia. I wanted it to be a natural relationship yet I also wanted to address the issues of the time. If I was to ignore them it wouldn’t have been believable but if I dwelled on it then it would take over the whole book. In the end I think I came to a happy medium.
5) Why did you decide to go the self-publishing route?
This is an easy one for me to answer. I self-published so that my vision stayed true. I didn’t want to have to change anything and I wanted complete control over my characters and their stories. Don’t get me wrong it’s been a trying journey, it still is but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
6) If you had to describe ‘Rescued’ in twenty words, how would you describe it?
A journey of two souls destined to join together and overcome past transgressions and present obstacles with the power of love.
7) How long did it take you to write ‘Rescued’ from start to finish?
I’m ashamed to say. However years, it took me years.
8) Are you working on something new right now? If so, can you tell us more about it?
I actually am. I have the Wedding which is due out in September, this is a prequel to Rescued and I’m also working on Bayou Bandit and Full circle which will be sequels to Rescued. As well as several other stories that are not related at all. I’m so excited about them all.
Thank you for answering my questions, Arlene!
Author: Arlene Lam
Genre: Historical Romance / Historical Interracial
The fire that burned when they were together was consuming.
Her whole life Amelia was told what to do obediently following the rules her domineering aunt set forth. Right down to letting the woman choose the man she was to marry. However this was about to change because from the moment she laid eyes on Jordan Bradford the shy young maid was lost. But loving a man like him was beyond dangerous for more than the obvious reasons. However Amelia found herself throwing caution to the wind and willing to risk everything for just one kiss.
Intriguing and honest Jordan was drawn to Amelia instantly. Shy and witty Jordan knows that deep down there is a woman just waiting to be set free if only those around her would let her. Still he knew pursuing her was not an option. And even if it was she was already promised to another man. Yet every time she was near that knowledge was lost to him. Wasn’t forbidden fruit always sweeter? It was an added luxury that whenever he was in her presence his past seemed just that, the past. Just one look and a flame long though extinguished was awakened in him. So much so that Amelia was a woman Jordan decided needed to be rescued.
Arlene always finds it sort of hard and funny to try to define herself, but when if she thought on it she would probably say that first she is a wife and mother, and second she is a writer. A native of Northern California she resides in the Bay Area just minutes from beautiful San Francisco. Here you will be likely find me either with my family or with my face buried in a book. Since I was a child I can recall having a passion for reading. As a little child I was the only girl on my street who had a mini library in her room. I use to love it when my mother would take me to get a new book. The excitement was sometimes overwhelming. What author should I pick, what genre? Mom was always so sweet and would let me pick more than one. She loved that I shared her passion for reading, but I wasn’t the only one my older sisters were growing large the collections of literature as well in their respective rooms themselves. I credit my mother for planting the seed that I could do anything, and when I started writing she encouraged me to pursue my dream and assured me she would be proud of me no matter what. Even so it took me a while to finally believe in myself enough to give it a go. I published my first short story Flowers of the Bayou in July of 2012. It is a series of prequels that will lead into three major novels I plan to release. The first being Rescued, due for release July 27th 2012. I’m more than excited about it and also very proud.
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