Authors Interview Lucy Felthouse

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When and why did you begin writing?

 

I’ve been writing ever since I physically could. As a child I always had either a pen or a book in my hand, and when it was the former, I was scribbling madly into notebooks. I’d always tell everyone I was going to be an author when I grew up. Of course, as I got older I realised the reality wasn’t so easy, so I left Uni and got a full time job. In the meantime, I’d discovered erotic fiction… which brings me onto the next question.

What inspired you to write your first book?

 

Not including my mad childhood scribbles, my inspiration actually came from a friend at university. Myself and several friends were chatting one lunchtime and although I don’t remember what we were talking about, it must have been dirty as the next thing I know, one of my friends says “You should write erotica.” I laughed it off, but then he dared me. I couldn’t say no then, could I? That’s where it started, and I’ve never looked back.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

For my first novel Stately Pleasures, I think the title just popped into my head. I felt it indicated what the book was about, what the genre was, and yet isn’t too in your face. It has a little mystery, too.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

 

Anyone that enjoys ménage erotic romance with BDSM and a curvy heroine. If that sounds like your bag then you should check it out because I’ve had some really lovely reviews that continue to make me grin like an idiot.

 Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

 

I really like the lead female, Alice. She’s just a normal woman with a Rubenesque figure, and when she’s given an unorthodox opportunity to further her career, she grasps it with both hands. In the end, she actually ends up really enjoying the opportunity. And who could blame her?

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

I don’t dislike any of my characters. This book is mainly about the three lead characters, Alice, Jeremy and Ethan. Any other characters only have very small parts. And I adored these three and writing about them—I couldn’t have written a whole book about them if I didn’t like them.

 What was the hardest part of writing your books?

 

As Stately Pleasures was my first full-length novel, the toughest part was convincing myself I could do. Prior to that, I think the longest thing I’d written was about 25k, so I really had to work on my self-belief. Fortunately, with a lot of planning and research, I actually had a blast writing the book and have since co-authored another novel, and written an even longer solo novel!

 If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

 

I wrote it probably about two years ago now, so if I sat and went through it now, I’d probably make tweaks here and there. Nothing major, but because I hope my writing has improved further in two years, there are some things I’d probably pick up on.

 Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

 

 

My Muse for Jeremy Davenport was Jeremy Renner, and for Ethan Hayes it was Jared Padalecki.

 Whilst writing your book did you have much support from family and friends?

 

My family don’t really know what I do, but my other half was massively supportive and helpful, as were my writer buddies.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

 

I don’t know about unique, but I do enjoy knitting.

 What can we expect from you in the future?

 

Lots! I’ve always got projects on the go, things in the pipeline and at different stages of the publishing process. I’m actually hoping my next full-length novel, Pack of Lies, will be available pretty soon—my editor at Ellora’s Cave and I are hoping to get it out in August, but no promises. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, though!

Lots! I’ve always got projects on the go, things in the pipeline and at different stages of the publishing process. I’m actually hoping my next full-length novel, Pack of Lies, will be available pretty soon—my editor at Ellora’s Cave and I are hoping to get it out in August, but no promises. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, though!

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

 

Leave reviews. They’re so incredibly helpful—they’re great in terms of feedback for the author, they help other potential buyers to make a decision, and I hear if you get enough reviews on Amazon, they’ll get behind your book, too, helping you reach a much wider audience.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

 

Yes. Read lots in your chosen genre, learn to edit yourself and don’t give up.

 

Did you learn anything from writing your book

 

I’m learning all of the time, and hopefully improving. But when I wrote Stately Pleasures the main thing I learned was that I was more than capable of writing a full-length novel. The evidence is in my second novel, Pack of Lies, which is about 20k words longer than Stately Pleasures!

 Is there anything else you would like to say?

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my interview, and thanks so much to the Book Pimpers for having me here J

 

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Blurb:

 

Alice Brown has just landed her dream job. Property manager at Davenport Manor, a British stately home. It’s only a nine-month contract to cover maternity leave, but it’s the boost up the career ladder she so desperately needs.

 

Unfortunately, things don’t get off to the best start, when Alice finds her boss, Jeremy Davenport, in a compromising position. Far from being embarrassed by what’s happened, Jeremy turns things around on Alice and makes her out to be the one in the wrong. So when he and his best friend and head of security, Ethan Hayes, then throw an ultimatum at her, she’s so stunned and confused that she goes along with their indecent proposal.

 

When the dust settles and Alice has time to think about things, though, she realises that perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing. There are worse things she could be doing to advance her career, after all.

 

More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/stately-pleasures/

 

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20718063-stately-pleasures

 

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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

 

 

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