Historical Romance

Historical Romance with an Inspirational Touch

Friday, March 05, 2010

Spotlight on: Lucy Balch

Author of: Love Trumps Logic
Publisher: Second Wind Publishing
ISBN: 9781935171270
(Release Date): February 2010
(Genre): Historical Romance
Available from Second Wind Publishing and Amazon.

When suitors are baffled by Miss Fiona Fairmont's scientific turn of mind her mother tearfully predicts that her daughter will be doomed to spinsterhood—until Lord Henry Featherstone comes along. Nicknamed "the Mad Scientist," Henry appreciates Fiona's mind as well as her face. Fiona thinks she's found the perfect husband in Henry until notorious Lord Albert Beaumont crashes through her neatly laid plans.

AMY: Thank you for joining me. What else would you like to share with us regarding your book?

LUCY: If you enjoy strong, independent-minded heroines, you’ll like Fiona! Beau is the George Clooney of his era, with enough charisma for ten men and an almost pathological avoidance of marriage—until he meets Fiona.

AMY: Were there any surprises that came about while you were writing Love Trumps Logic, or did your story stick with the plan you had set?

LUCY: There were definitely some changes, but most of them were small. For instance, Lady Wolfrey, who initially was a courtesan, became a respectable lady late in the edits—things like that.

AMY: What inspired you to write this book or these particular characters?

LUCY: I love Regency romances and wanted to write one. I also love homeopathy and hoped to write a book that could combine the two loves. I think I can honestly say that I’ve written the only romance novel that has the word ‘homeopathy’ in it.

AMY: Tell the readers about your writing journey and how you ended up with your publisher.

LUCY: I had shelved Love Trumps Logic, my second book, and was working on my third book. My sister called to tell me that she had heard about Second Wind Publishing on National Public Radio. She thought I might want to submit my book one more time (I had gotten only rejections up until that point). I sent in Chapter one, with almost zero expectations, and got the word back that they wanted to see the full manuscript. On St. Patrick’s Day, 2009, I got the word that Second Wind Publishing wanted to publish my book!

AMY: If there is one piece of advice you could give an unagented / unpublished author, what would it be?

LUCY: If you love to write, never give up! And never stop learning the craft of writing.

AMY: Besides Love Trumps Logic, which we highlighted here, have you published other books or are there some that are yet to be released?

LUCY: Love Trumps Logic is my first published novel. I’m hoping to release another book by the end of this year.

AMY: How can we find you on the internet (facebook, twitter, myspace, blog, website addresses)

LUCY: My website is http://www.lucybalch.com. I also blog twice monthly on Wordpress with Second Wind Publishing, and guest blog on Goodreads and Facebook whenever I get a chance to.

AMY: Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers?

LUCY: You’re not to late to enter my contest. To celebrate the release of Love Trumps Logic, I’m running a contest that will end March 10th. Simply go to this link to enter:

AMY: Is there anything you would like to ask the readers?
LUCY: I’d love to hear feedback, once you’ve read Love Trumps Logic. Feel free to contact me on my website. While you’re there, take one of my quizzes!

AMY: Readers, are there any questions you would like to ask Lucy Balch?

Lucy Balch has been generous enough give away an autographed copy of Love Trumps Logic. I am sorry but this is limited to U.S. residents only, due to the cost of postage. If you would like a chance to win the book, simply comment and leave your e-mail address. A winner will be picked and announced Saturday night. Good luck.


  1. Your book sounds great! Love the cover art too. :O)

  2. Thanks, Destrella! It was fun to help design it. I appreciated that Second Wind Publishing let me do that.

  3. Oh, Amy, I LOVE Lucy's cover and title. Isn't it stunning???? Bet her writing is, too.

    Thank y'all.


  4. Homeopathy, huh? I know I've never read a Regency with that in it. Sounds interesting.

  5. Great interview, Lucy and Amy. I loved hearing about your road to publication. Your title is fantastic too.

  6. Lucy, I'm so excited for this book! We Regency 2W-ers have to stick together :) I love that your sis encouraged you to submit - I would call it kismet that she heard about 2W and told you about them. The book sounds fantastic and I'm really excited to read it.

    Best of luck with sales!

    Great interview, Amy!

  7. Interesting story about the title: I've had numerous people ask me doubtfully if it's true that love trumps logic. Maybe they're thinking, as my heroine thought before she fell for Beau, that love is something not to be trusted.

    Catherine: I'd love for you to tell me how the interaction of Regency and homeopathy works for you--after you read Love Trumps Logic. :)

    Jerrica: I'm so excited to read A Gentleman Never Tells, too. You can tell I'm a little behind in my reading! I'm hoping to catch up this summer when the kids are out of school and my bookclub takes its summer break.

    Thanks to all for your kind words!

  8. Hey Amy, this looks like a great book! You can enter me in your contest:

    BTW - I'm having a contest over at my site as well! Come check it out! God bless!

  9. I love love Regency Romances! Can't write them, but I do enjoy reading them!

  10. I really love the never give up advice. It goes with my thoughts of perseverance. Any writer who can't hang in there, shouldn't write in the first place. It's a long journey and only God knows the outcome.