Here we go, kicking off the Noble Romance Publishing November Timeless Desire Blog Tour. The first esteemed guest is an author based out of the UK, Lucy Felthouse. So, let's get into it....
Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are.
I'm Lucy Felthouse and I live in Derbyshire in the U.K. I've been writing for as long as I remember, and for publication since 2006. Since then I've been published by Cleis Press, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. I love reading, writing, movies, walking, spending time out of doors, visiting stately homes and ancient monuments and being with my other half (awww...).
Please tell us a bit about your book.
Love Through Time is a paranormal tale set in a British stately home. Most of the action takes place in the library. The main character, Emily, is a book conservator. Westbury Manor's library is enormous and houses a lot of books so Emily is going to be spending a great deal of time there. However, what should be a simple, quiet task turns into something altogether different when Emily knocks over a photograph. This sets off a chain reaction of events, leading to the discovery of a tragic past, a lost love and a stunning secret.
This was a really fun story to write, and it has elements of the paranormal, romance, erotica and historical!
It's available from Noble Romance, Amazon UK, Amazon US, All Romance eBooks and all other good eBook retailers.
What was the motivation/idea behind this book/these characters?
I'm definitely more of a pantser than a plotter, so when Noble first gave us the theme for these stories, I scratched my head about it for ages. It was actually on the drive home from a stately home that I finally came up with the idea. It was vague to begin with (I'm not divulging too much because it'll give the game away!) and only developed when I started writing. That's usually how it works with me – I just open a Word document and see what happens!
Did you enjoy writing this book, or did you have some tough times with it?
A bit of both. It's probably one of the most research intensive stories I've ever written, because there were things I wanted to be mentioned in the story that needed to be accurate. And because I didn't necessarily know that I needed to research something right up until it appeared in the book, I had to stop and find out the information before continuing to write. I'm proud of the finished piece and hope that the hard work I put into it shows – it's quite a departure from some of my other work, and I really hope readers enjoy it!
When / Where / How do you write?
I'd love to say anytime, anywhere, anyhow, but that's not strictly true. In the main I write directly into a Word document on my laptop, in my little office room. But occasionally if I'm struggling with something or finding myself easily distracted, I'll grab a notebook and go and sit in my bedroom or in the garden (I live in England so that's not always a good idea!). As for when, it's generally squeezed in between everything else I'm doing. Usually it's towards the end of the week when I've done the screamingly urgent work and cleared my inbox as much as possible, then I'll start writing. Other times I'll just take my laptop to bed and have a late night. I work for myself so I can be pretty flexible about the when.
Do you have some other qualification/interest/something else you do besides being a writer?
I do. As I just mentioned, I work for myself. I run my own business, Writer Marketing Services. (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk). This basically consists of helping writers with PR, Marketing and Web Design. This is my main job, and because I tend to have lots of small projects taking up my time, it's easy to slot the writing in between them – though sometimes it's easier than others!
What book/s are you reading at the moment?
I'm reading Elizabeth Morgan's She-Wolf. I love paranormal stuff, and so far I'm enjoying it very much.
Do you have any authors who were your inspiration/hero?
Some of the earliest erotic pieces I read were by Portia Da Costa, Anne Rice (writing as A. N. Roquelaure) and Mitzi Szereto – so I guess they got me into it and inspired me to write. Now I inspire myself by telling myself if I don't write, I definitely won't get anything else published!
What are you working on right now?
I am working on a super-sekrit project for one of my publishers. The word count is 20-25k so it'll be the longest piece I've ever written to date, and it falls into the realms of erotic romance. Watch this space!
Do you have any other books out you'd like to mention?
Yes – as well as Love Through Time, October also saw the release of Weekend at Wilderhope Manor. Here's the blurb:
When Stephanie and Jenny go to a Murder Mystery Halloween weekend at Wilderhope Manor, they’re expecting fun and games. But following creaky floorboards, spooky noises and an alarming encounter in the Manor’s grounds, the girls begin to wonder if there’s more to Wilderhope Manor than meets the eye. As they find frequent comfort in one another’s arms – and their bed – will the girls discover what’s causing the bumps in the night, or will they run scared?
It's available from Summerhouse Publishing, Amazon UK, Amazon US, All Romance eBooks and all other good eBook retailers.
Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story - so she did. It went down a storm and she's never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Noble Romance Author Page: https://www.nobleromance.com/Authors/162/Lucy-Felthouse
Thanks for visiting, Lucy!
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