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?
That I love George Michael.
Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
What is one thing people don’t know about you?
That I love writing tribute poems for funerals, generally residents in the Care Homes where I have worked.
Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Bonfire Heart, because it’s a small spin-off from the Heart Trilogy series but tackles the issues of depression and anxiety. I am hoping to do a part two at some point which will go on to include early onset dementia. Not your typical romance topics.
What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, I have read this three times in my life so far and adore the historical facts mixed with the love story. Scarlett O’Hara is a heroine who I really want to shout at and shake as the novel progresses but I still love her at the end of the story.
Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
Probably the last book in the Heart Trilogy series Closer to the Heart, just writing the ending made me cry as I typed and actually on the odd occasion when I have re-read it, it still gets me.
Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
Yes totally, most of my book titles are song titles and if you know the lyrics you might just get a hint of what the story is about!
Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
What writing desk??? I don’t have one and can be found sitting anywhere from the end of the sofa to out on the patio. I’ve even written on a bus!
Who or what inspires you as a writer?
My readers inspire me to carry on, as recently due to personal circumstances I have felt that my writing was trivial and pointless.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Think I’m probably an extrovert most of the time!
The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
That marketing your book is the hardest part of it all.
What is your advice to authors just starting out?
If you have a story to tell then go for it and tell it.
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
New Zealand, I have been twice and am waiting to go again soon. It is just so beautiful and has a slower pace of life than the UK.
Your favourite place to read and/or write?
My favourite writing place is normally in a crowded pub when my partner Steve’s band is playing. I write better when there is noise and sometimes a song will creep into my character’s story. Love reading on the beach or outside in the sunshine, with a nice glass of wine.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Anton du Beke, at the launch of his first book. Only to discover that he didn’t write it and instead had given the idea to a ghost writer. But he was a lovely chap, just as he appears on Strictly Come Dancing.
What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
A dancer on Top of the Pops (until they invented pop videos) or a Radio DJ.
Who is your biggest cheerleader?
Miriam Baker, she reads, edits sometimes and is just one of my very best friends.
BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
The character of Felicity who appears in the Heart Trilogy and then has her own spin-off story in the Bloodstained Heart Trilogy was based on a person from secondary school (who I disliked) and her back story came from another friend and I’ve never told her that.
Thank you so much for your time, Aude! To find out more:-
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YouTube – Audrina Lane – YouTube
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