As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!
What is the first thing people should know about you?
I love chatting to readers. Writing is such a solitary pursuit that it’s wonderful to know people are actually out there, reading the very thing you spent so many hours of your life angsting over.
Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I’m well-known for steam! I write in multiple genres and tropes, but you won’t find many Lucy Felthouse books out there that don’t have steam of some form.
Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
The Persecution of the Wolves. It’s set in my home county of Derbyshire, in a village called Eyam, a beautiful place which is perhaps best known for the way they cut themselves off from the outside world when they had an outbreak of plague in order to stop it spreading. My book is linked in with this story, as my main characters are werewolves who lived through that outbreak of the Black Death. I had so much fun writing this story—I visited Eyam (not my first time, or my last, but it was a brilliant excuse to go again) and went into the museum, the hall, and even down into some caves (with a local caving expert, with safety equipment, I should add!) in order to research my story. I wish more people had read it because the original subject matter is fascinating and my book is a different way of learning about it.
What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks—funnily enough, this links with the previous question, since this book is also set in the village of Eyam and sparked my own fascination. It’s a beautiful story.
Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
Somewhere in between. It depends how far I am through various projects. If I’m writing, then other things can get ignored, which means piles of paper and notes to myself build up, as do notes on the book I’m working on. The further along in the book, the more the chaos tends to grow. Finally, once it’s finished, I work through and start gradually tidying my desk until it’s returned to some semblance of normality. I’d never want an entirely tidy desk as that would mean I had no work to do! As a self-employed person, that’s a catastrophe!
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Somewhere in between, I think. Probably whatever the situation calls for. As a self-employed person who works from home, I’m completely comfortable in my own company, and like most people, I have times where I just want to be by myself and left alone. But put me in a scenario where there are lots of people around and I’m happy to chat and socialise.
The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
The readers. They’re awesome. Their enthusiasm for books is what keeps me going!
What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Read lots in your chosen genre, learn to edit yourself, and don’t give up.
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I don’t have a favourite place. I have a few destinations that hold a special place in my heart, but for the most part I love going to new places, exploring new cities, countries, cultures.
If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
Wonderland. It’s completely insane and I love it.
Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Read—in bed. Write—I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite place, but it’s the only place I tend to get anything done, and that’s in my home office. I envy writers who write on planes, trains, in cafes, etc. If there’s any noise or distraction I struggle immensely to get words down on the page.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
It’s a toss up between the late Anne Rice and Lee Child.
What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
I genuinely used to want to be a writer when I was little. I would frequently proclaim I was going to be an author and scribble madly into notebooks (and much later on, onto my first computer). Sadly, I don’t have any of those scribblings any more, but I’m sure they’d be incredibly amusing! Probably not bestseller status, though.
BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
The next one doesn’t have a title yet, nor is there anything but random notes down on the page, but it is bubbling away in the back of my head and has a rough plot, a location, a curvy heroine (why, oh why, aren’t there more genuinely curvy cover models?! I have a hell of a time finding images!) and several sexy men. Yum.
Thank you so much for your time, Lucy! Quite agree there should be more curvy cover models. Stalk the author . . .
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