Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Welcome fellow Lyrical Press author, Sophie Pembroke!



 Sooo sorry for posting this late, Sophie! The school holidays and my two kids are driving me up the wall. Pieces of my brain are literally dropping out all over the place. Happy to have you here and be part of your blog tour. Let's start the interview...

1)   Did you set any goals for 2012?

I always set goals at the start of the year. It makes me excited about the year ahead. Of course, sometimes they change… This year, I wanted to focus on working towards the release of my first two novels, Room for Love and An A to Z of Love, and complete and submit the third novel in my Love from Wales series, currently called Summer of Love. And, well, it’s getting there slowly!

2)   What is the best part of the writing process for you?

Developing ideas. I love that first stage, where everything I hear and see gives me story ideas, and I spend days scribbling in my notebooks, trying to keep up with my thoughts.

3)   The worst part?

Editing. I have to keep reminding myself, as I read the same chapter again and again, that I’m improving my story, making it stronger for the readers.

4)   What is the book you wish you’d written?

Welcome to Temptation by Jenny Crusie. It’s such a fantastic romance, a great community story, and just a whole lot of fun!

5)   Favourite author/s & book/s?

I love M M Kaye’s romantic murder mysteries, and anything by Jenny Crusie, Victoria Dahl or India Grey.

6)   Tell us about your latest release?

An A to Z of Love is the companion novel to my first book, Room for Love, but they can both be read alone, or in any order. It’s the story of Mia Page, subject of gossip in the seaside town of Aberarian for half her life, ever since her father ran off with his secretary - and the contents of the town museum safe - when she was fourteen. Despite this, Mia loves her hometown; loves working at the A to Z shop, eating seafood with her best friend Charlie at his restaurant, and catching the classic midnight movie at the crumbling Coliseum cinema. And wondering if one day Charlie might be more than a friend.

But everything she loves is suddenly under threat from her ex-best friend, and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend, Becky, who plans to turn Mia’s beloved Coliseum into a casino, and her sleepy hometown into a less classy, Welsh, Atlantic City.


7)   Tease us with a blurb/short except

Sighing, she grabbed Ditsy’s book off the coffee table. Maybe some irrelevant love advice from the fifties might help. At this point, Mia was willing to take inspiration from anywhere.

Cracking it open at a random page, Mia read the first entry aloud. “B. Never go to bed angry--it makes for furious dreams.” Not particularly helpful. Still, she read on.

My husband and I, the writer announced, a little pompously, never go to bed without a few sweet words, and an ever sweeter kiss. Nothing makes the morning brighter than going to bed feeling loved.

Which was all very well for the author and her husband, but less helpful for a single girl struggling to save a cinema.

She flipped forward through the pages, pausing at H--The home really is where the heart is!--, P--Patience is an underrated virtue--and U--The most important thing about love is that it must be unconditional--before putting the book aside with a sigh.

Whatever help Ditsy expected her to find in the book, it clearly wasn’t to do with saving the Coliseum.

As she sat staring out of her window at the darkened Aberarian skies, her phone rang, and she answered without looking at the screen. “I’m relaxing, Ditsy, I swear.”

“No you’re not,” Charlie answered, and Mia sat up straight, blanket falling down to her waist. “I can hear it in your voice.”

“Ditsy’s been nagging me,” she said, tucking the blanket more securely around her.

“So I gathered.” Charlie sounded amused. “She called me to ask me to check up on you. Had a theory you might still be stressing out.”

“I’ve been relaxing! I’ve had a bath, I’ve read a book, I’m putting my feet up on the sofa.” Mia leaned against the arm of her chair and pulled her feet up, so she wasn’t technically lying.

“And I bet you haven’t stopped worrying about tomorrow’s exhibition the whole time.”

Mia didn’t have an answer that wasn’t a lie for that one, so she stayed quiet.

On the other end of the line, Charlie gave a low laugh. “Get some sleep, Mia. I promise you whatever battles you want to fight will still be there tomorrow.”

She was tired, Mia supposed. And she needed to be well-rested if she was going to come up with a constructive argument against Becky’s casino. “Yeah, all right. I’ll see you tomorrow?”

“Of course.” Charlie’s voice was husky, and she wondered briefly where he was before she decided she didn’t want to know. If he was in bed alone, she didn’t care, because they were just friends. And if he was in bed with Becky...then she really didn’t want to think about it.

“Sweet dreams,” Charlie said, and hung up.

Mia flipped Ditsy’s book open one last time, and it landed on T. “Trust,” Mia read, “is the bedrock of any relationship.”

Well, Mia trusted Charlie was having a great time with his ex-girlfriend. And she trusted Becky to break his heart any time now.

She wondered what that said about her relationship limestone.


8)   What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine?

I love that Mia never gives up fighting, even when everything seems impossible. And that Charlie loves her enough to fight right alongside her. Even when her plans seem crazy!

9)   What’s next?

I’m working on the third part of my Love from Wales series now, which will hopefully feature glimpses of what the future holds for the characters from the first two books. I’m really enjoying working on it.

10)                  Tell me where you write?

At the moment, at a tiny desk in my spare room. But we’re moving house this summer, and the new house has an actual study… that I have to share with my husband. Still, I’m very excited, and imagine I’ll be posting lots of photos on my website when I get it how I want it!

11)                  Where would you like your career to be in 5 years?

I just want to keep writing more and better romances!

12)                  Where can we find you?

I blog about cake, castles and (occasionally) writing at www.SophiePembroke.com. I’m on Twitter as Sophie_Pembroke, and on Facebook and Goodreads too.

*****
Everyone’s talking about Mia Page. Again.
Mia Page has been the subject of gossip in Aberarian for half her life, ever since her father ran off with his secretary–and the contents of the local museum safe–when she was fourteen.
Still, Mia loves her hometown, loves working at the A to Z shop, eating seafood with her best friend Charlie at his restaurant, catching the classic midnight movie at the crumbling Coliseum cinema. And if she ever wonders if things might be even better if Charlie were more than just a friend, well, it’s only an idle thought in a lonely moment. After all, friendship always trumps romance, doesn’t it? And she’s never been one to rock the boat.
But everything she loves is suddenly under threat from Charlie’s ex- girlfriend, Becky, and her plans to turn Mia’s beloved Coliseum into a casino, transforming the sleepy seaside town forever. As Mia tries to pull the people of Aberarian together to save the town they adore, she starts to find her own place in the community, a family of sorts, and maybe even love. Until her father suddenly reappears, and people start asking what he wants to take from them this time…
WARNING: Some sexual scenes. Also contains seafood.
*****
Sophie Pembroke has been writing romance for years, ever since she stayed up all night reading Mills and Boon novels as part of her English degree at Lancaster University. She loves to set her contemporary romance stories in the places she has lived – from the wilds of the Welsh mountains, to the gentile humour of the English country village, or the heat and tension of a London summer. She also has a tendency to make her characters kiss in castles.
Currently, she makes her home in Hertfordshire, with her husband and daughter. She writes love stories in her little spare room office, while drinking too much tea and eating homemade cakes. Or, when things are looking very bad for her heroes and heroines, white wine and dark chocolate.
Sophie keeps a blog at www.SophiePembroke.com, which should be about romance and writing, but is usually about cake and castles instead.
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Twitter: @Sophie_Pembroke - https://twitter.com/#!/Sophie_Pembroke


Great to have you here, Sophie! Wishing you all the best with sales and your writing - okay, over to you guys...

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