Today we have the super-talented Lucy Felthouse with us. This woman makes our head spin with the amount of balls (hey, stop that!) she has in the air. See, we said air. Tsk. She’s a very busy woman and writes great stories, so let’s take some time to chat with her over a cup of coffee—and maybe a chocolate chip cookie or two if you’re good.

Studioenp: Silence or noise when writing?

Lucy: Silence, for definite. Luckily, it’s only me and my dog in the house during the day, so that isn’t a problem. However, the outside world can be noisy at times, especially in the summer with lawnmowers, pressure washers, etc., so that’s when I’ll put headphones on and drown everything out with music. Alternatively, I have some ludicrously expensive noise-cancelling earplugs—they do the job!


Studioenp: Paul uses earplugs to drown out Em’s snoring. What? Em’s glaring at Paul. We’d best move along very quickly… What’s your latest release?

Lucy: Mia’s Men is my latest release. It’s a reverse harem romance novel, which came out on 23rd January. It’s the first book in The Heiress’s Harem series.


Studioenp: Ooh, sounds rather delightful. Em’s jiggling in her chair because she got to do the cover. Lord, now she’s high-fiving herself. No idea what’s up with her lately… Anyway, how did the plot come about for Mia’s Men?

Lucy: My friend Lily Harlem persuaded me to have a go at writing reverse harem, so I put my mind to it and basically waited for my imagination to come up with something. Luckily, it did, and it was inspired enough to provide material for a trilogy, not just a single novel!


Studioenp: Hooray for trilogies! So how long did it take you to write it?

Lucy: A month. I wrote it during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November.


Studioenp: Cor, super-fast, super woman! Sounds like it just poured out. What’s next on your writing list?

Lucy: I’m currently working on a novella for a boxed set, which is a M/F paranormal story with a witch and a werewolf. After that, a sexy M/F outdoors-based tale for another boxed set. Then I’ll be writing books two and three of The Heiress’s Harem series back to back.


Studioenp: Whoa, lots to do, then. Great news for your awesome readers, too. So, given that you write so quickly, are you a plotter or panster?

Lucy: A bit of both, but mainly a pantser.


Studioenp: Thought so. We’re well aware that the words don’t always come (will you stop that?), so what’s your go-to form of procrastination?

Lucy: Social media! Or answering emails or making phone calls I’ve been putting off for a while.


Studioenp: Ah, the lure of Twitter and Facebook. Much lollage at putting off phone calls. How many hours per week do you write?

Lucy: It varies massively. Some weeks none at all as it depends on what else I’m doing to pay the bills! Basically I’m always juggling multiple projects, and my writing gets squeezed in around that, and somehow I mostly manage to hit my writing deadlines.


Studioenp: That’s dedication for you. Now then, here’s a question for you. We know you write almost everything, but is there one genre you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t—and will you ever write it?

Lucy: There isn’t one, really. I always wanted to write a sexy spy thriller, and I did that with Hiding in Plain Sight. I suspect at some point there will be more books set in that world.


Studioenp: Fabulous! Em likes a bit of spying. Like watching the neighbours and things. But that’s probably not what you meant… Let’s have a toot-your-own-horn moment, shall we? What’s the best book you’ve written?

Lucy: I generally like the book best that’s just released, so it has to be Mia’s Men!


Studioenp: And on that note, wipe the crumbs from the cookies you’ve been scoffing, dear readers, and dive into an excerpt from that very book, Mia’s Men. Enjoy! Thanks for letting us interview you, Lucy. Now get back to writing. Go on! Off you pop! (HUG!)

Blurb for Mia’s Men:

Mia’s world has fallen apart. Then, just when she thinks it can’t possibly get any worse, it does.

Mia Harrington’s father just lost his brave battle with cancer. Naturally, she’s devastated. With her mother long-since dead, and no siblings, Mia has a great deal of responsibility to shoulder. She’s also the sole beneficiary of her father’s estate. Or so she thinks.

Unbeknownst to Mia, her father made a change to his will. She can still inherit, but only if she marries a suitable man within twelve months. If she doesn’t, her vile cousin will get everything. Determined not to lose her beloved childhood home, she resolves to find someone that fits the bill. What she isn’t expecting, however, is for that someone to be into sharing women with his best friend. In the meantime, Mia’s friendship with the estate gardener has blossomed into so much more.

She can’t possibly plan to marry one man, while also being involved with two others …or can she?

Excerpt for Mia’s Men:

Silence reigned as Mia turned Thomas’s words over in her head. There was something in them, some thread of significance, but she couldn’t quite figure out what it was just yet. She took a healthy swallow of whiskey, willing her synapses to fire faster, to come up with the solution she knew was eluding her.

Then, suddenly, it hit her. She jumped up, almost spilling her drink in her excitement. “Tom—you’re a fucking genius! Oh my God, I knew talking to you about this would be a good idea!”

Thomas got to his feet, his confused expression showing that he hadn’t yet come to the same conclusion Mia had reached. He moved in front of her and looked into her eyes. “Not that I don’t enjoy being called a ‘fucking genius’, but I’m feeling far from clever right now. What the hell are you talking about?”

Barely able to contain her enthusiasm, she bobbed up and down on the balls of her socked feet. “What you said, about the drugs and chemicals—it’s the only thing that makes sense. He can’t have been himself when he made the change to the will. What do they call it, diminished mental capacity or something? Hopefully it means I can contest the will and insist it’s reverted back to the previous version on file, which will get rid of this stupid clause about me having to get married. Then I can get on with running things here and not worry about finding a husband I don’t bloody want.”

“Wow, erm… I’m not sure what to say.” He shook his head. “I’m not trying to be devil’s advocate here, but how could you possibly prove what his mental capacity was at the time? Didn’t you say it was months ago? And now, obviously, it’s, erm, too late to do any tests…”

Mia shrugged, the alcohol making her bold and blasé. “Way I see it, it’s not up to me to prove his mental capacity was diminished. It’s up to the solicitors to prove it wasn’t. And if nobody can prove anything either way… who knows? Just having the question raised, the doubt, might be enough to allow me to contest. Don’t you see how exciting this is? I can stop that greedy bastard Quinn getting his hands on this place! I told Lenton it would only happen over my dead body, and I bloody well meant it.” She threw her arms around Thomas’s neck, this time sloshing whiskey over her hand and onto the rug beneath their feet, and pressed a kiss to his cheek. “Thank you so much, Tom. You’re a total genius. If you weren’t the only gardener, I’d give you a promotion!”

“A pay rise wouldn’t go amiss,” he quipped, putting his free hand on her shoulder and gently guiding her back so he could look her in the eye. “But in all seriousness—”

His words were cut off as Mia planted another kiss on him—this time on his mouth.

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