Welcome my fellow northern bird and partner in crime-I mean fiction- Lucy Felthouse! I asked her a few probing (oo er) questions…
What part of the writing process do you dread?
Honestly? Editing. Especially if I’m working with an American editor. I know they only want the best, and they’re pretty much always right, but it’s so tough when wrestling with the differences between UK and US English.
List your top three pet peeves.
Litter. Spongers. Cooking.
What is your favourite Joke?
The only jokes I know off by heart are really daft ones, and they’re not very funny. So I’m not telling you.
Spoil sport. Okay, I’ll tell you one of mine. A Horse walked into a pub. The Bar tender asked “Why the long face?” I’m sure yours can’t be as bad as that!
Tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is my first ever m/m story. It’s a gay military erotic short story, just published with Resplendence Publishing. Here’s the blurb:
Private Damien Stone is living in a nightmare. He’s out on exercise on Salisbury Plain with Lance Corporal Michael Scott—who also happens to be a huge pain in the arse. He’s a teacher’s pet who seems to delight in bossing Stone around. But that’s not the real reason Stone appears to dislike him so much. It’s because Stone—who’s bisexual—is seriously attracted to his superior, but he can’t do anything about it, because Scott is straight. Or is he?
Check out an excerpt and buy links here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/ditched/
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
I have several short stories coming in anthologies from Xcite Books and Cleis Press, and also a couple of standalone stories that (at time of answering this interview) are contracted, but I don’t yet have release dates for.
One is a super hot short interracial story, called Raising the Bar which is due to be released as part of Decadent Publishing’s The Edge line. More info here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/raising-the-bar/
The other is a title I wrote specifically for Ellora’s Cave For Men line, and they accepted it! A Taste of London is the first in a series about a guy called Ryan Stonebridge who is on his gap year. He’s travelling the world, and having all sorts of kinky fun doing it. But he’s British, so his adventure starts in London, and from there he moves on to Paris, which is the next story I have to write. No link yet, but keep an eye on my website and social media for further information on this book.
Where do you get your best ideas?
In the shower.
What do you do to relax?
Relax? What’s that? Just kidding. I usually read or watch TV or films.
Do you write about what turns you on?
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. But I mostly write about men I would actually fancy if they were real :)
If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
Given I’m a crap cook and you’re a good one, I’d point you in the direction of the kitchen and smile sweetly. If you told me to get stuffed, I’d call for a takeaway. Unless my other half was around, of course. Then he’d be cooking, because he’s awesome at it too.
Right, I’ll remember to bring my own ingredients when I come to visit then! ;)
Do you prefer hot or cold weather and why?
Hot weather, because I like to take a notebook outside and write. And exploring the countryside is generally easier and more fun when you’re not slipping on mud, snow or ice!
Are you a romantic?
Hmmm, not really. I like romance in books and films, but in real life, not so much.
Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. I have a writing playlist on my iPod with lots of crap music that helps me focus. But if I’m really trying hard to focus on something, I play the same song over and over. It’s mad, but it works for me.
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
If you mean when I’m polishing them to send off for submission, then no I don’t. I’m naughty that way, because I know lots of writers find it helps them to find errors and things. I’m writing a novel at the moment, so maybe I’ll read that out loud to see if it helps. Who knows? Everyone’s different.
What are your future ambitions?
This year has actually been a pretty good year for achieving goals. I had three editors in mind this year that I wanted to have stories placed with; Violet Blue, Alison Tyler and Maxim Jakubowski. And in the space of a few weeks, they all accepted my stories! So excited.
Another aim was to have something published by Ellora’s Cave. Checked that one off too. I’ve been very lucky!
A bigger goal I have is to have a novel published by the time I’m 30. Well I’m writing one at the moment, so by the time it’s finished I’ll have a couple of years to try and make that ambition come true. Wish me luck!
Good Luck, Lucy but I know you don’t need it!
Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, Decadent Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Evernight Publishing, House of Erotica, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour, Seducing the Myth, Smut by the Sea and Smut in the City. 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