WATCH OUT: Lucy Felthouse Interview
SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m excited to bring you author Lucy Felthouse. Welcome to Watch Out, it is so great to have you here.
Thanks so much for having me here, Savannah! It’s a pleasure.
SC: For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.
I’m a writer of erotica and erotic romance, living in the UK. I’ve had work published by Cleis Press, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Summerhouse Publishing and Xcite Books.
SC: Can you tell us a little about your current release?
My latest release, Loose Ends, is a short story set at a University reunion. The female protagonist, Lauren, goes to the reunion after being dragged along by her friends. She’s not really interested in being there. But then she spots “the one that got away” – Jonathan. They’d flirted throughout their time at University but because they’d never been single at the same time, nothing happened. Lauren’s surprised to see him there – he’s supposed to be working abroad – and when she goes over to talk to him, all the old feelings come rushing back. To find out what happens, you’ll just have to read it!
SC: You’ve not only published your own work but you’ve also recently started to head anthology projects that you’ve taken on as the editor. Do you find it hard taking on the editor role and working with different writers?
No, not at all. It’s very different to editing your own work, though. In fact, it’s easier. With your own work it’s much easier to skim read through because you already know what happens in the story. That way, you end up missing things. But the stories that come to me are new and therefore I’m a) getting to read hot new stories from fab authors and b) helping polish them to perfection!
I actually love working with the different writers, I’m lucky to have submissions sent to me by such talented and enthusiastic people. It’s great fun!
SC: Do you plan on heading more anthology projects?
I expect so. Working on Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth has been so much that I’m sure there’ll be another anthology in the pipeline before long. Watch this space…
SC: One thing readers might be surprised to know about you?
I’m a self-confessed geek.
SC: Out of all the books you have published so far, do you have one that is a favourite?
It’s got to be my erotic romance, Bite with Height, from Noble Romance. This was a piece that started out as a fairly short one, but grew and grew. It’s still classed a short story but it ends on an ambiguous note. It wasn’t intentional, but I’m really glad it did because since it came out I’ve had people encouraging me to write a sequel. And I plan to do just that – I have a research trip to Paris coming up (that’s where it’s set) and a rough outline for the second piece. There’s also potential for a series, which I’m very excited about.
SC: Your favourite part about being an author?
Seeing your work out in the wide world, and even better, when you find out that people are enjoying it. There’s no better feeling.
SC: What are you currently reading?
I’m actually between books at the moment! I finished one last night and haven’t yet chosen my next victim. But to avoid giving such a brief answer I’ll say that the main thing I read is erotica, as well as paranormal, urban fantasy and the occasional chick lit.
SC: If you were not an author what would you pick as the next dream job?
I already have my dream job. I don’t write full-time, my “day job” is as a Web Design, PR & Marketing type. I run my own company, Writer Marketing. I’m lucky in that I have a background in marketing and I genuinely enjoy it, so I can flip from marketer to writer at the drop of a hat. Not every writer enjoys that side of things, which is where I come in! You can find out more on http://www.writermarketing.co.uk.
SC: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I honestly don’t have a clue. I’d like to think I’ll still be happily self-employed, and still churning out naughty words, too. I would really, really, like to think I’ll also have a novel out.
SC: What 3 words would you use to describe your books?
Naughty, cheeky, sexy.
SC: Personally what do you think is the hardest part about being an author?
Editing my own work. As I briefly mentioned before, it’s much easier to think everything is okay with a piece of work, but when you’ve been so close to it it’s easy to miss bits. That’s why working with an editor, as well as editing other people’s work has taught me so much. But I’m still learning, and will continue to do so! I’m always striving for improvement.
SC: What do you do in your spare time when you are not bringing new stories alive and writing?
I read, watch films and my favourite TV shows, go walking, spend time outdoors and exploring historical sites. Like I said, I’m a geek!
SC: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Can I please have two? OK… Supernatural (TV show) and Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. Preferably at the same time.
SC: Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?
Argh – I’m sorry to be so rubbish, but I’m also between WIPs! How about a taste of something that just got contracted? Okay, here goes…
The car trundled up the long driveway, the crunching of gravel beneath tyres the only sound as Jenny and Stephanie peered out of the windows at their surroundings.
Even at dusk the tree lined driveway was impressive with perfectly maintained parkland spanning for acres on either side of it. As Stephanie steered the Fiesta around a bend in the track, both girls gasped. Their destination, Wilderhope Manor, had come into view and it was stunning. The Tudor-style property was huge, with no less than three frontages visible from where they were. Chimneys with intricately built patterns jutted into the darkening sky, and tangles of ivy climbing parts of the manor made the place both beautiful and foreboding.
That is just a tiny snippet of a piece I have coming from Summerhouse Publishing as part of their Halloween releases this year. It’s called Weekend at Wilderhope Manor and is a tale about two girls spending a weekend at a manor for Halloween festivities. Only they get more than they bargained for… *cue spooky noises*
SC: What is the best advice you ever got with regards to writing?
Learn to kill your own darlings. You may love a particular phrase or line within your work, but if it doesn’t fit, you have to get rid of it. Everything you do, you must do for the good of the piece as it’ll pay off in the end. I would definitely say I adhere to this. If I write something which is too long for a certain word count (rare, but it happens) I am vicious when it comes to cutting things out!
SC: Any advice for new writers out there?
I feel like I’m repeating myself now, but learn to edit your own work and also the thing I just mentioned about killing your own darlings. Your writing can be made so much stronger by reworking it. It often helps to write something then put it away for a few days before coming back to it. You won’t be quite so close to it then and hopefully you’ll find it easier to spot errors and things that can be made better.
SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
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