Award-winning authors Alicia and Roy Street are here today to talk about their Dance ‘n’ Luv contemporary romance series. Pull up a chair and help me welcome them!
Roy: For years dance had been the most important thing in Alicia’s life. But after decades of classes, rehearsals and performing, the wear and tear to her knees led to an injury forcing her to leave the profession she loved so much. Since she’d always been an avid reader she decided to try her hand at writing. We at first did a chick lit mystery series that had been traditionally published. Not surprising she next turned to the idea of a romance involving a dancer. But I’m the one who named it the Dance ‘n’ Luv series.
2. Why did you choose Long Island’s North Fork as the setting?
We wanted a location that was close to the dance capital, New York City, and yet far enough away to reflect the warmth and community of a small town environment. Long Island’s North Fork not only fits that description but it juts over a hundred miles into the Atlantic. The rural countryside combines with windswept beaches to create a rustic seaside atmosphere — perfect for romance.
3. Are all your characters dancers?
Alicia: Most are not. But all our heroines are dancers of one kind or another. Not necessarily stars, like Casey, who never got her dream of dancing with a big company, Amanda, who is divorced, disgusted and done with Broadway, Tanya, a ballroom dancer running from a truth inside her heart, and Jenna, a perfectionistic ballerina who will be featured our next book.
Roy: We also have a community of characters from a variety of backgrounds. Like a single dad who is a trucking mogul with a little boy who teaches him how to trust, a narcissistic rock star turned wine-maker, a fisherman who likes to skinny dip, a wise old war vet mechanic, a sexy down-to-earth gardener with a secret enemy, a cook who opened her own coffee shop, an eccentric curator from the maritime museum, and a philosophical astronomer with a passion for running 10K races.
4. Can I enjoy Dance ‘n’ Luv Book Two if I haven’t read Book One?
Absolutely. While certain related characters appear in various degrees in each story the books are complete in themselves and can be enjoyed individually and in any order.
5. Is writing together a challenge?
Alicia: Sometimes. But we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and allow for that. Not to mention having a built-in critique partner.
Roy: But we’ve had reviewers comment on the inability to tell the books were written by two people. And I take pride in the fact that several have said the male characters had a certain realism they don’t always find.
6. Tell Me More About This Dynamic Duo
In addition to being part of today’s Indie writers movement, Alicia and Roy are traditionally published authors and recipients of a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. They share backgrounds in the performing arts and spent many gypsy years living and working in the different neighborhoods of New York City and Philadelphia. Alicia as a dancer, choreographer and teacher; Roy in theater, visual arts and standup comedy.
7. Where Can I Find the Dance 'n' Luv Books?
Kiss Me, Dancer, Bk #1
Touch Me and Tango, Bk #2
Amazon | Nook
Snow Dance (short story)
Amazon | Nook
8. Where Can I Find Alicia and Roy?
Website | Facebook
Readers - I've read Touch Me and Tango and loved it! What especially grabbed me, besides the amazing writing, was the way the characters' professions were weaved into their points of view. Alicia and Roy have a knack for writing characters that are truly believable. Congratulations on your amazing series!
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Thank you for joining us today and happy reading!