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!)