Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY, Lucy. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
Thanks so much for having me. My name is Lucy Felthouse and I’m 28 years old and from Derbyshire, in the UK. I’ve been writing all my life, and have been published since 2008. I also run my own business (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk), doing PR, marketing and web design for authors and small business. I fit my writing in around that.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
A drink, usually Diet Pepsi. Music, mostly, and not too much other noise going on around me, which can be pretty difficult. My neighbours are often quite noisy!
Beverly: When did you start to write?
Ever since I could, really. When I was little I used to be surrounded by paper and have a pen in my hand, scribbling madly and declaring that when I grew up I was going to be an author!
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
If we’re talking fictional romance heroes, then I don’t think there are set qualities. It depends what kind of hero he is, whether he’s alpha, beta, arrogant, a dom, a sub, a geek… the list goes on. If we talking real life heroes, then I would say bravery and self-sacrifice.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
I’m actually a huge fan of Oliver, who’s the lead male in my latest release, Mean Girls. I really like him because he’s very attractive and has quite a sexy job, but he’s very humble, and harbours a huge crush on Adele. He doesn’t care that she’s a big girl, in fact, he loves it. I come up with my characters in various different ways, but Oliver just came to me because he fitted in with what I wanted the story to be.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
I haven’t really written much suspense to date, though I definitely want to write romantic suspense at some point. I don’t find specific scenes difficult, I don’t think. It depends on the book, what I’m trying to write, whether I know where the story is going next, and so on. I generally figure it out in the end!
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
Nobody has influenced how I write. I just write in the style that comes naturally. I think the more I’ve worked with effective editors, the better I’ve gotten – hopefully! But I’ve never tried to emulate anyone.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
Ooh, that’s a good one. That would be Dimitri, from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. He’s just so hot! Though if I was allowed more than one, the list would go on for quite some time…
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Ha, I write under my own name, so there’s no way I’m telling you that 😉
Tamara: *snickers* What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
Both. It depends on the story. I’m definitely more drawn to strong women, whether I’m reading them or writing them. I don’t think I’ve ever written a damsel in distress. I think in this modern world we’re living in, strong women are more real. Though there is such a thing as a damsel in distress that doesn’t have to be TSTL – Too Stupid To Live. It all depends on the author and how they’ve written it, I guess.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
I don’t think I’ve ever really had a bad date. Not awful, anyway. There have been ones where I’ve known that there was no chemistry between myself and the guy, so it’s been kind of pointless, but I’ve never been tempted to climb out of a bathroom window to get away!
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Well, since I have all the necessities, that means I’ve already got my laptop, electricity and Internet access. Excellent. So I would also add my Kindle to that list, along with my dog, and Henry Cavill. You don’t need me to explain why, right? 😉
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Ah, that would be Supernatural. I’m a sucker for those Winchester brothers.
Tamara: Oh yeah. Definitely! What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
Actually, I’m doing pretty well. A couple of years ago I had a bunch of editors and anthologies I wanted to get into, and I achieved all of those. My next one was to get a novel published by the time I was thirty. Well I’ve managed that with a co-author project, and I also have a solo novel coming out towards the end of this year. So I guess my next goal is to actually start making some decent money from my writing. I might be waiting a while…
Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?
I’m not easily embarrassed, sorry.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Purple, I suppose. Because it’s my favorite. Nothing deeper than that.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
Myself. Because I know myself better than anyone.
Beverly: How did you get interested in writing about BDSM?
Well, for a long time I steered clear of it. I wasn’t that into reading it or writing it. Then I got more adventurous with my writing and answer a couple of calls for submissions for anthologies which wanted BDSM stories. I got some accepted, figured I must be okay at writing BDSM, then got more interested in it, both reading and writing. Now I enjoy reading and writing it. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities, and you can have real fun with the characters. Not that you can’t in non-BDSM stuff, of course, but, well… you’ll just have to read my stuff and find out 😉
Tamara: Have you ever been to a BDSM club?
Nope. I don’t even know if they have them near where I live!
Beverly: What about that lifestyle interests you?
The people, the action, the nuances. I’m a naturally inquisitive person, so I always like learning about new stuff.
Tamara: Would you say you were a Domme or a submissive?
None, really. I’m pretty boring in real life.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
My other half, my dog and my family, I hope!
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Neither
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome.
Hairy chest or smooth? Depends on the man.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate. Unless we’re talking ice cream, in which case vanilla.
Kinky or Sweet? Depends.
Fast or slow? Depends.
Public or private? Both!
Top or bottom? Both!
Adele Blackthorne is a big girl, a curvy chick. She knows it, and she’s been picked on all her life because of it. But she’s gotten to the stage where she doesn’t care. She may be Rubenesque, but she’s healthy, too. Much healthier than the mean girls at the leisure center that point and stare and say spiteful things about her. Adele rises above it all, and simply enjoys her secretive glances at the center’s hunky lifeguard, Oliver.
As the bullying of Adele becomes worse, Oliver finds it increasingly difficult not to intervene. He doesn’t want to get into trouble with work, but equally he can’t stand to see Adele treated in such a horrible way. Especially since he doesn’t agree that she’s fat and unattractive. He thinks she’s a seriously sexy woman, and would like to get to know her better. Much better.
More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/mean-girls/
Add to Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18147145-mean-girls
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. 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