A warm welcome to today’s Spotlight Author, Lucy Felthouse.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 32, and from Derbyshire, England. I work from home with my scruffy dog, Scamp, for company. I fit my writing in between all my other work tasks, and somehow it all works out! I see one of the later questions is about hobbies, so I’ll tell more then…
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
That I enjoy knitting and jigsaws
How do you relax?
Watching TV, reading, going out walking, spending time with my other half.
How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a child, and I think what made me fall in love with writing was my love of reading. Ever since I was old enough, I’ve been an avid reader, and I loved getting lost in those worlds of adventure, and that seemed to transfer across to wanting to create those worlds, too.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, ever since I was a child. I’d be constantly making up stories and scribbling away in notebooks, proclaiming I was going to be a writer when I grew up. When I grew up, of course, I also became aware that it’s not quite as simple as that—but I’m grateful that at least part of what I do as my job is write stories.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I actually completed quite a few of my smaller ambitions a few years ago (i.e. getting stories published in certain anthologies, publishing a full-length novel by the time I was 30), so I’m doing okay! But now, it’d be great to maybe hit the USA Today bestseller list, and start earning more regular money from my writing, so I can drop some of my other work and dedicate more time to my writing. I’m lucky that I have some great readers who enjoy what I do, so I hope that along the way I’ll continue writing stories that they continue to like!
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
It’s not all I write—it’s just part of it. I started out writing mainly straight stories, but then I saw a call for submissions for a lesbian anthology, so I decided to give it a go. I was lucky enough to have a story accepted for publication, so I continued writing lesbian stories alongside my straight stuff. Eventually I branched out into writing gay stuff, too, and now I tend to write whatever takes my fancy. It means I never get bored because I write such a huge variety. I am conscious I might alienate some people since I write it all under one name, but there’s already so much to do as a writer that I decided not to split it all out into different pen names. I just make sure it’s clear what pairings books are before people pick them up.
Do you write any other genre?
I’d probably say more subgenres. Everything I write has some kind of romance or sex in it, but I’ve penned paranormals, contemporaries, pure erotica, thrillers, spy thrillers, and so on. It’s great that romance/erotica allows for such variety, really. There’s absolutely no need to write books in the same vein if you don’t want to.
Describe a scene in your writing that has made you laugh or cry?
Hmm… I can’t say too much without giving away a huge plot point, but there was a revealing scene in The Persecution of the Wolves (M/M and M/F werewolf thriller/mystery) which made me cry as I wrote it.
Give the readers a brief summary of your latest book.
My latest book is actually a re-release. I’ve been getting rights back to various books, so I’ve been working on getting them back out there. The Sweetest Revenge is a sexy lesbian tale with a gorgeous biker chick and some spanking!
Abigail’s had a crush on Mackenzie the motorcycle courier for months, but Mackenzie doesn’t even know she exists. Nothing exists for Mackenzie, though, except for her pride and joy—her Ducati Monster.
After an unpleasant encounter, Abigail decides to get her own back on Mackenzie—in the worst possible way. Despite the pleas of her colleagues, Abigail plans to hide Mackenzie’s precious motorbike, and take the haughty so and so down a peg or two.
Naturally, when Mackenzie discovers her bike is gone, there are fireworks. It’s April 1st, so she suspects trickery rather than criminal activity, but that doesn’t mean the person responsible will be getting off lightly…
Share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb.
This is a Sapphic short story featuring pride, trickery, revenge and an interesting use for leather motorcycle gloves…
What does your writing process look like?
It varies hugely. I have to prioritise my paid work, so I fit my writing in around that, depending on what deadlines I’m dealing with at the time. I’m very organized, so somehow it all works out, but I can occasionally be found pounding away on my laptop keyboard mere hours before deadlines, eager to get things finished and sent off!
When/where is your favourite time/place to write?
As I said above, I fit my writing in around my other work, so I don’t often get a choice about what time to write. It just happens when it happens. Though it’s generally after lunch. I deal with other things from when I start work up until lunchtime, then carve out some writing time after I’ve eaten, and I’m a bit more awake. The place I get the vast majority of my writing done is in my home office, at my laptop. I might occasionally take a notebook into the garden in the summer, or into my bedroom if I need to get away from the screen, but not often, and only a few words get written that way.
What genre/s do you enjoy reading in your free time?
Pretty much anything, really. I’m not a huge fan of fantasy and sci-fi, but other than that, anything with an interesting premise is enough to get me turning the pages.
What was the last book you read? What did you like about it?
Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills (Vince Flynn). It was an absorbing, fast-paced thriller which drew me in but wasn’t so complex that I had to think about it too much, or go back and re-read bits. I’m not a fan of overcomplicated books since I do most of my reading before bed, so if it gets complicated and I’m sleepy, my brain can’t handle it.
What hobbies do you have outside of writing?
Reading, watching TV, going to the cinema, spending time in the countryside with my other half and my dog, travelling.
Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter