Author Interviews are possibly my favourite thing that I have brought to my little corner of the internet. Today I bring you a wonderful post for the Blog Tour.
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.
Hi Louisa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hi there, thank you for having me here!
I’m a full time writer and have books out with HQ Digital Harper Collins, Harlequin Mills and Boon, Tule publishing and I have 4 self published books. All my books are centred around women, families, romance etc. Most of them are set in UK, although some are in USA and New Zealand. Prior to being a full-time writer I was a registered nurse for 22 years working in a variety of settings. I’m married and we have two sons. British born and bred, but we emigrated from UK to New Zealand 15 years ago and love it. Oh, and I’m seriously addicted to Zumba. And mojitos.
1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d love to be one of those names people recognise (Like Marian Keyes, JoJo Moyes etc….), I know it’s a pipe dream, but one can always hope!
2. Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere! Everyone has a story and I love talking to people to find out theirs...being a writer means being nosy! Sometimes inspiration comes when I’m not even looking and sometimes coming up with a plot is like pulling teeth! Women’s magazines are often a great source of story fodder, but then I put my own spin on things.
3. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I usually have a loose plot and then see what happens. For my Mills and Boon books (Medical Romances), I have to submit proposals to my editor, but after working with her on 18 books she’s not fazed by my odd synopses which can have phrases like ‘and then things happen…’ in them! I generally like to have a core conflict established first, then build on that. I ‘write’ myself into the story and only get to know the characters really by the third chapter. That’s when things start to happen for me storywise, and I generally have to go back over the first couple of chapters and rewrite.
4. How did the idea for your current WIP (work in progress) come about?
The Other Life Of Charlotte Evans was inspired by Angelina Jolie’s surgery to remove her breasts and ovaries (and if you read it, you’ll see one tiny reference to her in the book ;-)) Then, after discussing it with my editor, the idea grew into a story about a woman finding out who she really was…I think a lot of us go through that in our 20s, only for Charlotte that wasn’t just soul searching, it was much more than that.
5. What is your writing routine like?
I get up, breakfast and then do some form of exercise; run / gym / zumba / yoga depending on the day. I try to do something 6 days a week, because otherwise sitting on my bum writing all day I’d stiffen up and put on weight. Then I try to be at the desk by 11.00am. Do a couple hours work on the writing business (marketing, blogs etc) and write from 1pm- 6pm. Every week day. I have a specific word count I have to hit and I can’t leave my chair until I do. On good days that means I have time to play (crochet, facebook etc), on bad days it may mean dinner’s late!
6. If you had to pick a real life actor/actress to play your main character who would it be?
I asked my kids this and they said Sandra Bullock. Not sure why.
7. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Generally I write on the laptop but if I get stuck on a plot point or in a scene I write long hand to help me get ‘unstuck’. I think longhand uses a different part of the brain so it can kickstart my creative processes into gear again.
8. Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Sometimes! Often it’s more just having written myself into a hole and I can’t find the way out. What I find always helps is going back to the story’s core conflict and working things out from there.
9. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I read all the time and always have. I adore JoJo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, Kristan Higgins.
10. What advice have you been given that you would pass on to other writers?
If you want to be a writer you have to write, not just think about it and talk about it, but actually do it. Day in, day out.
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.