Welcome to BRB, sweeties. My guest today has written quite a handful of novels, plus sh contributes to Queer Magazine Online. She's a lovely lady and an awesome author! Great cover, Lucy. Thanks for stopping by! Let's get the party started.
I'm Lucy Felthouse and I've just turned 27. I'm from Derbyshire in the UK and have been writing forever, and published since 2006.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. It can be a place, a person, an overheard conversation, a character in a book, film or TV show... literally anything can spark off my imagination.
What made you chose to write lesbian erotic literature in particular? And, is there any other genre you’d like to write? And, if so, why?
It was a dare. At University, one of my friends dared me to write an erotic story. I did, and things escalated from there. I'm sure I'll try other genres one day, but at the moment I still have plenty of erotica and erotic romance ideas in my head, and I love the fact that you can explore so many sub-genres within erotica, too! It'll keep me busy for a while.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: a character, the plot, or the title?
Usually the plot. Then the characters, then the title. I usually find titles the most difficult to come up with, but then very occasionally, titles come first!
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: beginning, middle, or end? Why?
I've only just started writing my first novel, so I can't really say!
Has your own life influenced your novels? And, if so, how?
Only in terms of my interests. The novel I'm writing at the moment is set in a stately home, and I love to visit stately homes, so that's a huge influence! Everything else about it is just in my head, waiting to be set down on paper.
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
Sometimes I find it difficult. I recently completed my first m/m erotic story, and I found that extremely difficult. However, I got there in the end and the piece has been accepted, so I must have done all right! In terms of inspiration, I have no idea. I just forge on until the characters get it on!
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
Some of my stories are more graphic than others, but it depends on the story I'm telling, I guess. I like stories told in different ways, I wouldn't want all my work to sound the same!
Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? Why?
Damien, from my erotic romance novella, Off the Shelf. He's super sexy, smart, geeky and works in a bookshop. If he was real, I'd totally date him!
Tell us about your newest release.
My most recent release is an f/f erotic romance story, which appears in the brand new anthology from Evernight Publishing – Lover Unexpected: Sappho Edition. It's about two women that have known each other for years and have been completely platonic... until now.
More info and an excerpt here: Lucy Felthouse Lover Unexpected
Just for fun–
What is your favourite colour? Purple
Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain? Both!
What is your favourite movie? Why?
I have several, but one that springs to mind at the moment is The Avengers. Why?! Because it has tons of hot totty and a brilliant story.
If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? Why?
I'd be myself, but with a shit load more money so I could go travelling.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I'll have written and published a novel, and possibly have another novel due to be released. I'll have lots more short stories and novellas available and hopefully be making some decent money off my writing, too.
Website Link: Lucy Felthouse
Lover Unexpected: Sappho Edition
Girlfriends share lots of things, including their most sinful secrets. When those secrets involve love, lust and long denied desire, sparks are sure to fly. And sometimes, there is no denying the need for a woman’s touch. In this volume you’ll find seven delicious stories of sensual, daring women who open their hearts to discover love, fulfillment and satisfaction—closer than they expected.
Natalia smiled as she caught sight of the familiar redhead sitting in the hotel bar. Thankful for the thick carpet masking her footsteps, she walked towards her friend from the back, ensuring she wouldn’t be seen. Then, she slipped her hands over her eyes.
An excitable squeak, then, “Oh, I don’t know. Is it Scarlett Johansson?”
“Hmm, close, but not quite. Guess again.”
“Oh, shut up you silly cow, and come here.”
With that, the redhead stood and turned, throwing her arms around Natalia and pulling her into a tight hug. “Hey, gorgeous. I missed you! How are you?”
“I missed you too, Ashleigh. I’m good, thanks. How about you? You look great.”
Disentangling from their embrace, Ashleigh looked down at her clingy black top and skinny jeans and shrugged. “Thanks. I’m okay, I guess. All the better for seeing you. It feels like forever! Come on, sit down. Let’s get a drink.”
They sat down, and a waiter appeared. Natalia suspected he’d been waiting at a safe distance until they’d finished their enthusiastic greeting.
He smiled. “What can I get you ladies?”
Natalia looked at her watch. “You know what, it’s Saturday and it’s after twelve. I’ll have a glass of white wine please.”
Ashleigh piped up. “Make it a bottle. Thanks.”
The waiter nodded, gave a little bow and walked away.
“So,” Natalia said, settling back into the plush armchair, “how was your journey? I always find getting into London a total nightmare, but it’s not so bad once you’re here. The Tube may be sweaty and crowded, but it’s damn fast!”
Ashleigh nodded. “It was all right, actually. The train into the city was on time and not very busy, and, like you say, the Tube is quick and easy. It was pretty stress-free. You?”
“Much the same. I’m just glad we’re finally here. I can’t believe it’s been a year since we’ve seen each other. It’s so easy to forget that when we talk almost every day.”
“I know. I’m sorry. It’s just life gets in the way, doesn’t it? Especially as we live so far apart. And then there was all that stuff with Kayla…”
Natalia didn’t know how to respond to that, so she just nodded sagely. Kayla had been Ashleigh’s live-in girlfriend, until the discovery of some text messages and emails tipped Ashleigh off that she was being cheated on. Despite all of Kayla’s pleas and declarations of true and undying love, Ashleigh had no intention of being a doormat, so she’d thrown Kayla out, and that was the end of it.
Of course, Natalia had known that Kayla was going to be thrown out before Kayla did. As soon as Ashleigh had found the incriminating missives, she’d gotten straight on the phone to Natalia for advice. And as much as Natalia wanted to tell her friend to get the hell rid of the cheating bitch, she also wanted her to be happy, so instead she’d asked if Ashleigh if she thought she was being too hasty.
Publisher Link: http://evernightpublishing.com