Luana DaRosa is a debut author writing for the Mills & Boon Medical series. Her debut Medical romance, Falling for Her Off-Limits Boss is out now!
Tell us about yourself. Our readers want to know!
So… I’m Luana, you probably figured that out by now, haha. I live in England but I’m originally from Brazil. And I’ve been writing for a long time, so I’m still in disbelief that I’m doing this interview.
Why did you want to become a romance writer?
Because I love stories about love. Whenever I’m following a story, be it a book, TV show or game, I always hope they somehow hide a romantic subplot somewhere – to the point where I myself have rewritten some stories so they could fit into my fantasy.
What were the big steps in your journey to becoming a published author?
The first big step was realising I wanted to write, wanted to do this, and put the time in to write and also read a lot of the books. I participated in a few different Blitz events before I finally found a story that clicked with me.
And the next one was putting myself out there, in a position where people can actually read your story. It’s really frightening but obviously necessary to find someone who wants to invest time in you and your story.
What advice would you offer aspiring writers?
Find the tenacity in you. You have to throw everything you have at this and that’s scary sometimes. But it won’t happen overnight and it won’t happen fast. You have to keep at it and evolve. I almost gave up after the initial revise and resubmit request, and I’m really glad I didn’t.
What did you do when you got the call from Mills & Boon?
After getting the invitation for the call, I started to think: is this The Call or am I totally kidding myself? So when it turned out to be just that, I didn’t know how to react. My brain just went blank for a couple of minutes.
Once I hung up, I texted my bestie because she was on standby to hear the news, and then I went up to my spouse’s office and we were shouting and crying and jumping together.
Now let’s hear from the editor, Charlotte Ellis…
Luana came to the Medical Team’s attention during the one of our twitter pitches and we were immediately enchanted by her determinedly independent heroine, her guarded, brooding hero, and the warmth and emotion she writes with. And loved how the friction between her characters turns into a delicious flirtation (you’ll have to read her debut to find out more)! We requested three chapters, then the full…and the rest is history!
Falling for Her Off-Limits Boss by Luana DaRosa
The surgeon she must resist!
Walking into her new Chicago hospital, locum anaesthesiologist Emma Santos is ready to take her career by storm. She’s spent too long neglecting her own goals for someone else. She’s not ready for widowed surgeon Mark Henderson. Her new boss is hard to please…and heart-stoppingly handsome! And that makes him a threat to both Emma’s medical ambitions – and her determination not to be ruled by attraction!