Top 5 List: Charlotte Howard

profileToday we welcome Charlotte Howard to Romancing the Book.  She’s given us her list of her Top 5 Favorite Things to Do.  But before we get to her list, let’s learn a little more about her and her newest release.

British author, Charlotte Howard, was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets.

Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then Charlotte has written many short stories and poems and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010.

During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family and watching action movies whilst eating curry and drinking tea.

Charlotte is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Yeovil Creative Writers Group.

You can read Charlotte’s Blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m currently studying for my BA (Hons) Arts & Humanities, and I was considering doing my PGCE when I wrote Taking Care of Leah. I have a friend who works as a Teaching Assistant in a secondary school, and she thought I’d make a good English teacher. The thought stayed in my head, so when I started writing my next novel, I knew that it was going to take place in a school, with an English teacher as my main character. The rest of the book seemed to write itself.

Here’s the blurb:

After escaping a bad relationship, Leah Beauchamp moves in with her pregnant sister and brother-in-law. Working as an English teacher, she spends her time lusting after the hot caretaker Ty Sinclair. But it’s not until a drunken encounter at the end of the school year that she realizes it might be so much more.

They decide to embark on a new relationship over the summer holidays. Then Ty’s preferences for BDSM come to the surface. Intrigued, Leah allows herself to be educated by her new lover. But after a house party goes horribly wrong, more secrets are revealed and Leah is left questioning how she truly feels.

Can Leah accept who Ty really is? Can she ignore his past? What about her own? Can she overcome her fears and concerns and relinquish control, or will their hot summer romance fizzle out once autumn arrives?

But what’s next? Now Taking Care of Leah is done and published, what do I do? Well, I have a new short story coming out in the summer, and I always have something that I’m working on. At the moment I’ve decided to write about what I know, and am basing my next novel in the horse industry, so watch this space!


My Top Five Things to Do

Writing is my life, and when I’ve finished a book, I always feel like there is something missing. But I always try to take a break between novels – give my brain a holiday.

  1. Going for a long walk – I put the lead on my dog, get the kids’ bikes out and take everyone on a long walk. Sometimes I stick to our local area and explore the village and the fields, sometimes we go further afield. Being member so of the National Trust, we like to visit old houses and country parks, my personal favourite place being Stourhead.
  2. Binge-watch TV series’ – I have Sharpe (remember that? Sean Bean?), Bones, and Dexter on box set, but I also have accounts with Sky, Netflix, BlinkBox and Amazon Prime, aiding my addiction to binge-watching TV series after series. Being a big Game of Thrones fan, I can quite easily watch an entire season in just a few days. #HoldTheDoor (so many tears…)
  3. Go to the gym – This is a new addiction of mine. Ever since I had some major surgeries and had to change my lifestyle, I started the going to the gym. When I’m writing I go maybe twice a week, but that will go up to three or four when I’m having a break. On top of that, I also go kick-boxing once a week.
  4. Playing the piano – I’ve been playing the piano since I was 7, and found an old one at a car boot sale that I bought for £40. It’s a bit out of tune, and is missing a leg, but it’s good enough to tinkle on when I need to relax. It’s also something I can share with my daughter who has started having lessons.
  5. Reading a book – This should be an obvious one. I’m currently making my way through the Song of Ice & Fire books (Game of Thrones), but I read from a variety of genres. HitchHiker’s Guide is one of my favourites, and I love Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, and Tami Hoag’s crime novels.