Jen: Today we welcome Lucy Felthouse to Romancing the Book. Lucy, will you share a short bio with us?
Lucy: Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. 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
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Lucy: My latest release, Eyes Wide Open, is part of the Totally 5 Star range from Totally Entwined Group. When I saw that the line was being developed, I was interested in writing for it. My very favourite city, Paris, had already been taken, so I decided to write about London. Here’s the book blurb:
An ordinary girl catapulted into an extraordinary world meets two even more extraordinary men—but what will she do when she discovers their sexy secret?
Fiona Gillespie moved to London shortly after graduating to take advantage of the opportunities the capital could offer. However, months later, she’s still living in a horrid flat and working in a grimy East End pub. The problem is, she doesn’t really know what she wants to do, career-wise. So when she happens upon an advertisement for a job at a plush Mayfair hotel, she jumps at the chance. A great deal of determination and a spot of luck land Fiona her dream role.
But working at the Totally Five Star London is just the beginning. She adores the role and flourishes, impressing her bosses and making her increasingly determined to climb the career ladder.
While her career is flying, though, her love life is non-existent. She hasn’t even thought about men, never mind met or dated one for months, so when she bumps into two gorgeous businessmen in the hotel, she’s surprised to find her head has been well and truly turned. Even more surprisingly, they flirt with her—both of them! She’s drawn to James and Logan, despite feeling that they’re way out of her league.
When a misunderstanding leads Fiona to James and Logan’s sumptuous top-floor suite, she has no idea what she’s about to uncover. Scenes of people-trafficking, drug-pushing and wild sex parties all appear in her active imagination. Yet what she actually sees is something she’d never even considered before, something that piques her interest.
After discovering their sexy secret, what will she do with this new-found knowledge?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play, spanking, sex toys and bondage.
Fiona Gillespie wiped a damp cloth half-heartedly over the surface of the bar. It was a pointless exercise. The pub’s fittings and fixtures were so old that no amount of scrubbing would remove the grime that had been ingrained in the wood over the decades. That and the next time she served one of the old drunks that frequented the place, it’d just get beer spilled on it again.
Glancing at her surroundings in distaste, Fiona stifled a derisive snort when she caught sight of the swinging pub sign through the window. It had never really registered before, but The Royal Oak? There was nothing remotely royal about the pub in London’s East End where she worked. If an actual royal so much as stepped foot across the threshold, they’d run screaming in the other direction. A shame, really, as a chance to try to woo Prince Harry would not go amiss. She was sure those mischievous eyes and smile hid a multitude of sexy sins. His grandmother would not approve.
Abandoning her cloth with a sigh, she reached for a newspaper one of the patrons had left behind. There was hardly anyone in, as usual, so no glasses to collect, tables to wipe, or bowls of nuts to refill. A flick through the paper was her only source of entertainment. Or at least the only thing to stop her going completely out of her mind with boredom.
It wasn’t quite where she’d seen herself when she’d decided to take a chance and move to London for work after graduating from university. But while she figured out her next career move—or any career move—this would have to do. It served a purpose—paying her a paltry wage, just enough to cover the rent and bills on her scummy flat, and food. There really wasn’t much left after that, so her social life mainly consisted of vegging in front of the TV with her flatmates.
They’d club together their miniscule amount of disposable income to buy some cheap, supermarket own brand lager and swap stories, either about their pasts or about how their current situation was just temporary—just a stepping stone on their way to success, to high-flying, ridiculously well-paid jobs in the banking world, the publishing industry, in PR, advertising, acting, production, tourism… The list went on.
Fiona was just as determined to get a foot on the career ladder, if not more so. She’d rather scurry back home to her parents in Birmingham with her tail between her legs than stay in this dump for much longer. The only trouble was, the others at least knew what they were aiming for, which particular ladder they were trying to grab hold of. She’d graduated with a first class honors in creative writing and didn’t have a clue what to do with the damn degree now she had it.
Nobody was approached just for having a degree in creative writing, got given a ton of money and was told to sit down and write a book. It simply didn’t work like that, more was the pity. Even the world’s most famous and successful writers had had to start somewhere. And she wasn’t necessarily sure that fiction writing was the way to go, anyway.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Lucy: One of my favourite things about erotica/erotic romance is the fact that you can write lots of different genres within that. So I’ve already written paranormal, contemporary, thriller and so on. But I must admit I do fancy writing a spy thriller at some point… but I think it’d be fun to leave in the smoking hot sex scenes!
A genre I’ll probably never write is historical. I’ve written stories with bits of the past woven in, but the thought of doing all that research and the potential to get things wrong is scary.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Lucy: Not a lot, to be honest. I already know London incredibly well, so for the most part it was just fact-checking and location-checking. But I did do a very thorough exploration of the Mayfair area, as I wasn’t all that familiar with it. London’s a verrrry big place!
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Lucy: I think the most challenging part can be keeping going, particularly with longer stories. Sometimes you can get stuck and just have to push through that in order to come out the other side. But luckily that doesn’t happen to me very often. I also loathe writing synopses.
The easiest part is possibly the promotion when the book has been published. My day job is running my own writer marketing company so it comes very naturally to me.
The most rewarding part is finding out a reader has enjoyed your work! Nothing comes close to that feeling.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Lucy: Fiona would be Emily Bett Rickards, James would be Jensen Ackles and Logan would be Aaron Taylor-Johnson. That was easy, because they were who I had in mind as I was writing the book.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Lucy: I read, watch TV and films, go out walking with my other half and my dog. I’m fond of visiting stately homes and historical properties and sites, and travelling.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Lucy: I’ve always got lots of different projects on the go, but my next confirmed release is an M/F erotic romance short story called Properly, Or Not At All, which will be released by Totally Bound Publishing on the 4th December.