I'm pleased to welcome Lucy Felthouse here today. A very talented woman, on many levels, settle in and get to know her...
Who is author, Lucy Felthouse – author, Mom, wife?
Not a mom, not a wife. Just me! And an author, avid reader, Supernatural obsessive (I'm a Sam girl!), friend, puppy owner, history buff.
You also run/own Erotica For All & Writer Marketing Services. How do you juggle all aspects of your daily life?
I often ask myself the same question. The key for me is prioritizing and organization. It can be tough at times, when lots of things all come in at once, but I just keep my head down and make sure everything is done to the best of my ability.
Can you tell us something quirky about yourself that readers might not know already?
I don't know if this is all that quirky, but I'm probably the youngest member of English Heritage (a charity that looks after heritage properties in the UK).
When did you begin your writing career?
I guess my career in writing started with my first publication, which was back in 2006. I didn't really know what I was doing then, I was just writing erotica for fun, and because I was dared to. But once I'd seen my name in print, I was addicted. It was a sideline for a long time, but once I quit my job and started working for myself it gave me more time to write, and since then I've been working hard on building up my backlist.
Has anything happened in your career that you found surprising? Something unexpected? If so, what was it?
Yes, very recently. I went to a local chapter meeting of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and when one of the organizers went round and introduced me to people, most people knew who I was already. Apparently, I posted something from one of my erotic romance pieces on the group's Yahoo loop which has now made me infamous. When I looked around and considered what many of the other members of the group had achieved, I found it crazy that people knew who little old me was!
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set outline?
For short stories, I tend to just sit down and write and see what happens. But I've written a novella and am currently writing a novel, which have both taken lots more planning. I tend to let character development come naturally, for the most part, because I often change things as I'm writing, and surprise myself!
What do you think makes a good story?
Personally, I like characters that are engaging. Whether they're good girls, bad boys or whatever, I want to like them, or at least love to hate them. An interesting plot that keeps you guessing is great. And of course lots of hot sex! ;)
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I don't think so. I'm steadily checking them on in terms of pairings, i.e. m/f, f/f, m/m, m/f/m, m/f/f. And genres I've tackled are contemporary and paranormal. I think I'll probably stick with that for now. I'm not keen on sci-fi, so I'd probably never write it. Historicals terrify me because I'd be too scared of getting a fact wrong. I do, however, have a hankering to write a spy thriller. I've already started plotting a paranormal crime novel, but who knows when I'll actually get time to start writing it!
What books/authors have most influenced your life?
I wouldn't say any have influenced my life, as such. But they've certainly influenced my career, in terms of spurring me on to write more and write better. And because I read so much and so widely, I won't name any authors, there are just too many. But basically, anyone who is successful influences me, because that's what I want to be. *sighs wistfully*
What book are you reading now?
What book are you reading now?
I'm reading Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child. I'm eating up thrillers at the moment.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an author. Sometimes a vet, sometimes a teacher, sometimes a nurse. But I always came back to author. *g*
What do you like to do for fun and relax?
What does relax mean? *gets dictionary* Oh yes, I remember that! ;) Hehe, no seriously, I love to read, watch films and TV, go out exploring the countryside, visiting stately homes and historical places, spend time with my family and other half, play with and walk my dog, etc.
Fast & Fun:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Star Trek or Star Wars? I've never seen either
Dean Winchester or Sam Winchester? SAM!!!! But I wouldn't turn Dean down, either.
Supernatural or Vampire Diaries? Supernatural. But I love Vampire Diaries, too.
CSI or NCIS? Never seen either
Brad Pitt or George Clooney? George Clooney
Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter (I'm wearing a Harry Potter T-shirt right now!!)
Big Bang Theory or 30 Rock? Never seen 30 Rock, but I love the Big Bang Theory. Raj is hot! ;)
HBO’s Game of Thrones or True Blood? True Blood, but I love Game of Thrones, too.
JD Robb or JR Ward books? I've never read either!
Silk or satin? Ugh, neither.
Long and slow kisses or rough kisses? It depends on the mood. I'm a sucker for both, dependent on the situation.
Wine or beer? Vodka!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Heels or running shoes? Running shoes
What place to travel is on your Bucket List? It would be easier to say where is NOT on my bucket list. I've been lucky to do quite a bit of travelling, but there's soooo much more I want to see! Pretty much everywhere in America, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, etc…
When traveling do you prefer hotels or Bed & Breakfasts? Bed & Breakfasts. Though I usually camp!
Was it love at first sight for you when you met your spouse? Nope.
What did you notice first when you met your spouse? His eyes.
Where can readers contact you?
Thank you very much for being here. We all wish you the best of luck!!
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