Hi, Louisa! It's great to have you here - I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your work. Wishing you much sales and success with your latest release, THE OTHER LIFE OF CHARLOTTE EVANS! Let's start with my questions...
1) What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
From an agent who I pitched to face to face at Romance Writers Of America conference just after I was nominated for a RITA Award; “you have no idea how many of your type I get pitching to me every day. You’re all the same.”
Cue: heartbreak. But what she was telling me was that you have to have a point of difference to stand out and cut through all the chatter, this means having a High Concept idea that is an easy sell to bookstores/publishers/agents.
Best thing I have learnt is that the hero/heroine/main protagonist has to be someone the reader likes or wants to be/have as a best friend. Someone with flaws, someone relatable.
Although, how that works with the recent spate of ‘unreliable’ narrator protagonists (such as in The Girl On The Train, and Gone Girl)I’m not sure. One thing I do know is that this business is always changing and you have to be flexible.
2) What is your typical day?
Up at 7.30, breakfast then some kind of exercise depending on the day: Zumba / Yoga / Run / Weights…home and shower and at desk by 11.00am
11-1pm Answer emails / do business
1pm- 6pm write. I aim for 2000 words per day and can’t leave my chair until they’re done.
3) What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?
I read everyday, but I try not to read in the genre I’m writing when in the middle of a project. So, I often read crime novels or mainstream fiction when I’m writing romance etc…
4) What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?
Depends what I thought of it. If it’s excellent I’ll keep it or take along to my book group. If I wasn’t enthralled I’ll take along to my local charity shop. I love print book,s but I do tend to hoard on my kindle too!
5) Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
Always! Although, when I was first published and was told I had to put a sex scene in the book I was more concerned about my Aunty Mary reading it than my friends.
6) What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?
Character mainly…what kind of person would do…? But locations do inspire me. I like to write about where I’ve been so I can make things as authentic as possible (and it’s a great excuse for travel to nice places!). Sometimes, I’m inspired by an idea. The Other Life Of Charlotte Evans was inspired initially by Angelina Jolie’s breast and ovary removal to prevent cancer.
All my books have some humour to balance the darker emotions and are ‘sweet with heat’…they have an optimistic ending (always! Because there’s enough darkness in the world) and some degree of romance.
8) What’s next for you?
I have a contemporary romance coming out in November called ‘Something Beginning With Mistletoe’ which is part of my Something Borrowed series (a group of women living in Notting Hill and their interesting love lives) and a Mills and Boon Medical Romance about surrogacy coming out at the beginning of December called The Nurse’s Special Delivery
Award-winning author Louisa George has been an avid reader her whole life. In between chapters she managed to fit in a BA degree in Communication Studies, trained as a nurse, married her doctor hero and had two sons. Now, she spends her days writing chapters of her own in the medical romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction genres. To date, she has 19 books available in ebook/print.
Louisa’s books have variously been nominated for the coveted RITA® Award and the NZ Koru Award (which she won in 2014 and 2016 for the Short Sexy Category) and she won the prestigious HOLT Medallion Award in 2017. Her books have been translated into twelve languages. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand and, when not writing or reading, likes to travel, drink mojitos and do Zumba®- preferably all at the same time.
Would you sacrifice your future to understand your past?
Life is rosy for dance studio owner Charlotte Evans, who is about to marry beloved fiancé, Ben. But when Ben finds a lump in Charlotte's breast, it sends her on a journey of self-discovery which she knows she must do alone. Because Charlotte is adopted, and she suddenly, desperately, needs to know who she is and where she comes from.
Finding and reconnecting with her birth family, the life Charlotte could have had unfolds before her. As her wedding day draws closer, and her past merges ever more into her present, Charlotte must decide on the future she really wants…
A heartrendingly beautiful novel about love, family and finding your own path to happiness.
The Other Life of Charlotte Evans Giveaway
1 winner: £25 Amazon Giftcard