Cate: Yay, I convinced Lucy Felthouse to travel Across the Pond to spread some holiday cheer! Lucy, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Lucy: I am a British writer of erotica and erotic romance for several publishers. I also run my own company, doing PR, Marketing and Web Design (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk) for writers. My days consist of juggling writing, running my company, and promoting my own work!
Cate: You're living the life! :) What do you love most about Christmas?
Lucy: I used to say time off work, but since I quit my job and started working for myself, there's no such thing as time off! ;) So I'd say all the delicious food and chocolate that is offered! :D
Cate: Writers keep terrible hours, don't we? lol Do you have a favorite memory of a Christmas past?
Lucy: Ooh, last Christmas was pretty special. I was on holiday in Fuerteventura, and we found an English pub that was doing traditional Christmas dinners. So we sat, overlooking the beach and the sea, eating a yummy Christmas dinner. Awesome!
Cate: It sounds it! If Santa could grant one wish, what would you ask for?
Lucy: The winning lottery ticket would be great, thanks Santa. That means I can splash out and head to some US conferences next year!
Cate: That would be cool! What was the best gift you’ve ever received? What made it so special?
Lucy: Hmm… we don't really do surprises in my family. We tend to give each other lists – and mine always consist of books and DVDs!
Cate: You sound like me - I think my Amazon wish list is 7 pages long, lol. Any favorite Christmas recipes you’d care to share?
Lucy: I don't do cooking. I'm the one who sits around eating the food other people have made.
Cate: Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Lucy: My latest release came out on the 7th December. It's an erotic short story—the first in a series—called A Taste of London. It's published by Ellora's Cave.
It's based on the lead character, Ryan Stonebridge, going on his gap year with a friend. They start their adventure in London, which is where the action in this book takes place. Later books in the series will go to Paris and Rome. After that... who knows?
Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Lucy: Ryan Stonebridge and his friend Kristian Hurst are heading off on the trip of a lifetime. They’re spending their gap year traveling the world and expect lots of sun, sights and sex. The guys have a couple of days in the English capital before catching the Eurostar to Paris. Unfortunately, a family emergency means that Kristian has to head back home for a while, leaving Ryan to continue the trip alone.
Luckily for Ryan, he’s an attractive guy and there is no shortage of gorgeous women available to help take his mind off Kristian’s family drama.
There's more info and a trailer here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/a-taste-of-london/
Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Lucy: Basically, I wanted to write something for Ellora's Cave, so when I saw they'd launched a range for men, I thought it would be perfect. I like to write for men, and from the male perspective, so I had a lot of fun writing the story. It took a while to come up with a concept, especially since it's so male-fantasy orientated, but when I got the idea I was surprised to find it would very easily turn into a series. So here I am, now trying to find some time to write the next installment.
Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?
Lucy: Yes, please! I'd like to let readers know about my upcoming release (December's a busy one for me!) – Reindeer Games: Cupid. It's very different from A Taste of London, in that it's more aimed at women, and is a paranormal erotic romance. It comes out on 17th December, and is a perfect Christmas read, along with the other titles in the Reindeer Games series.
You can find more info here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/cupid/
Cate: Thanks so much for being part of the 12 - er, 12 1/2 - Days of Christmas! :) Hope you have a jolly holly holiday!
Thanks so much for having me, Cate! You have a great holiday, too! :D