Holiday Romance Book 2
Note to self: dont sleep with your flatmate after a curry and three bottles of wine especially if hes secretly in love with you and wants you to meet his mum.
Cat Parsons is on the run. She doesnt do relationships. After ten years of singlehood even the hint of the L word is enough to get Cat packing her bags and booking herself onto a two-week holiday.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I work fulltime, so I tend to get up early (between 5am and 6am) to get in a couple of hours of author biz before work. A lot of the time that will be writing or editing, but it also includes engaging with other authors and social media―both of which are an important part of being an author.
And I am very fortunate to have my own writing space, a study with my desk and a little couch in case I need a break. It’s also where we keep the wine fridge, though I assure you, that’s just a coincidence.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I tend to check emails and social media sites before I get to writing―although, this can be dangerous as it is a wonderful distraction, especially when I’m in the editing stages.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Tea! I consume two or three giant mugs of tea as I work in the mornings. I should dedicate my next book to tea.
– What is your favourite book?
This is such a hard question as I imagine it is for any author. I love To Kill a Mockingbird. When I was an English teacher, I taught it many times and found something new with every read. But I also write contemporary romance, so I’ll choose the book that sparked something in me and made me want to write, which was Lindsey Kelk’s first book, I Heart New York. Reading it was a catalyst for my own writing career (thank you, Lindsey!)
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes! I am in early talks with another author about pairing up to write a dark contemporary drama/thriller.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I do! Many of my characters are inspired by people I know. The main character in That Night in Paris is inspired by my sister, Victoria. And many characters I write are a composite of people I know.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I should! If I get a great idea while I’m out and about, I will type a note into my phone.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
This is also a tricky question for me, because I read broadly. As well as romantic fiction, I love crime thrillers, contemporary fiction, (some) literary fiction, SciFi, historical fiction, and even biography or autobiography. I suppose I don’t read much fantasy, though I never say never, because there are some incredibly written fantasy stories out there.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Fiona Leitch. She writes these incredibly funny crime thrillers and I’m hoping our idea to write something darker (for both of us) will pan out.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I write travel fiction, so travelling and research are important to my work―I only write about places I’ve been to. I have a trip to Scotland planned in July as my 5th book is set partially in Edinburgh. I loved our trip there in 2018 and want to refresh my memories before I write that part of the book―such a great city!
Many thanks for having me!
Thank you, Sandy Barker and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
My first novel, a romantic comedy set in Greece and inspired by my real-life love story, was published in June 2019 by One More Chapter (HarperCollins). Excitingly, in 2020 there will two follow ups to One Summer in Santorini. That Night in Paris in March, and That Summer in Love in June. Readers can also expect a stand-alone Christmas novel in October.
I am repped by Lina Langlee of the Kate Nash Literary Agency.