#AuthorInterview with Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb @newromantics4 #Romantic #Fiction

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Today on Love Books Group Blog, I am delighted to have a special author interview feature with Lizzie Lamb. Welcome to the blog Lizzie, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful post and photographs with us today.

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After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy headteacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of her time is taken up publicising her novels she published a third SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS in July 2015. It achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon. Her latest novel Girl in the Castle was published in 2017 and reached #3 in the charts. Lizzie is a founding member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press and has held author events in many venues and loves meeting potential readers. In March 2016, Lizzie was a finalist in the prestigious Exeter Novel Prize for Scotch on the Rocks. In November, she co-hosted an author event at the prestigious venue, Aspinall, St Pancras, talking about writing and the amount of research she puts into her novels. Lizzie is currently working on a novel set in Wisconsin – Sweet Little Lies, and has more Scottish-themed romances planned. Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband and a naughty parrot called Jasper.

What book truly inspired your life and why? 

So many to choose from. I think I would have to settle for Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1961) which I discovered in the early 70’s. At the time, I was reading mainly romances, historical novels, adventure stories or A-level texts. I was drawn to Catch 22  because I wanted to know what ‘Catch 22’ referred to – the phrase was relatively unknown then. The anti-war message in the book appealed to me and, as an aspiring writer, I was interested to learn how Heller links together the backstories of the characters while maintaining a clear ‘omnipresent author voice’. Clever. I was also heartened to learn that he’d started writing the book in 1953 but didn’t publish it until 1961 – maybe there was hope for me. The other book(s) which inspired me to become a writer were Jilly Cooper early novels – Emily, Bella etc. which I return to as my comfort reads when I’m too tired to think after a day at the computer (which is often!)

How did you pick who you dedicated your book to?

My novels are dedicated to my long-suffering husband Dave who puts up with my disappearing for hours to write. He understands how important my writing is to me bought a caravan so we can go off to beautiful parts of the UK (mostly Scotland) where I can write to my heart’s content, surrounded by inspiring scenery. The other ‘person’ my novels are dedicated to is our parrot, Jasper. I modelled the parrot Pershing in Scotch on the Rocks on him. Finally, I always acknowledge the help, support and friendship of other members of New Romantics Press, the indie publishing group we formed in 2012.

Did you do a lot of research for Girl in the Castle?

I love history so lots of the facts and ideas for Girl in the Castle were already on file (ie in my brain!) When I’m writing, I tend to get the story down first and then double/triple check the facts. I find that researching a topic can often give you additional ideas which add colour to your writing. The main thing is to avoid ‘info dump’ which slows down the story and maddens readers. While writing Girl in the Castle a story appeared on the news about a coin which had been in a toy box for years and was later found to be worth almost £250,000. That added a thread to Girl in the Castle which I hadn’t planned but which segued nicely with the themes of lost Jacobite Treasure and a phantom piper in my first (dirty) draft.

What was your favourite read of 2017?

When I’m writing, I tend to read biographies or novels in a different genre to my own. I’m ploughing my way through the Robert Galbraith ‘STRIKE’ novels and have really enjoyed THE CUCKOO’S CALLING. Loving the TV adaptation of the novels, too.

If you had to take three books on a desert island what would they be?

The Jacobite Trilogy – D.K. Broster

Lady of Hay – Barbara Erskine

Case Histories (Jackson Brodie novels #1) Kate Atkinson

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer but had to put that ambition on hold while I concentrated on being a primary school teacher. It wasn’t until I left the profession that I was able to give my writing the attention it deserved. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association and formed the New Romantics Press with three other members of the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and – deciding time and tide wait for no writer – went down the self-publishing route. Between 2012 and 2018 I’ve published four novels Tall, Dark and Kilted, Boot Camp Bride, Scotch on the Rocks and Girl in the Castle which have been well received. I’m currently putting the finishing touches to #5 and hope to publish it this summer. My advice to any aspiring writer would be to stick at it, finish the novel, and then start editing., killing off your darlings, if necessary. If you’d like to read more about me and my path to publication, check out my website.

Can you share with us a photo that tells a story? 

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I’ve chosen a photo I took two summers ago standing overlooking Loch Linnhe towards Castle Stalker (Appin). I had no idea the castle existed so when it suddenly appeared in front of us as we rounded the bend in the road, I could hardly believe my eyes. After some investigation, I contacted the owner to arrange a guided tour of the castle. Standing on the battlements, looking across the loch, the germ of an idea for Girl in the Castle formed. Returning home, I started writing . . . and the rest, as they say, is history.

What would you like your readers to know before starting your book?

I couldn’t think what to write but I’ve had a go(?!)

I would say that there are sex scenes in all my novels as the books are romances, but there is no erotica or porn. I also use Scots’ dialect words and Gaelic phrases, which some reviewers appear not to like. Readers don’t seem to have a problem with that and they love the Gaelic love phrases I include, such as –  ‘Is tu an solas na mo bheatha. You are the light of my life.’

Do you have any questions that you would like to ask your readers? 

A few –

  • Does it annoy you if a favourite author suddenly swaps/changes genre?
  • Do you mostly read downloads, paperbacks or borrow from the library?
  • Does it matter to you how old the hero/heroine is?
  • How many of you leave reviews – good or bad on Amazon or Goodreads?
  • Is there anything you would HATE to read in a romance
  • Is there any theme you would like to see covered in a romance?

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Website Link

www.lizzielamb.co.uk

Instagram Link   

https://www.instagram.com/lizzielambwriter

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Girl in the Castle: - a funny, heart warming highland romance by [Lamb, Lizzie]

| Synopsis |

Her academic career in tatters, Dr Henriette Bruar needs somewhere to lay low, plan her comeback and restore her tarnished reputation. Fate takes her to a remote Scottish castle to auction the contents of an ancient library to pay the laird’s mounting debts. The family are in deep mourning over a tragedy which happened years before, resulting in a toxic relationship between the laird and his son, Keir MacKenzie. Cue a phantom piper, a lost Jacobite treasure, and a cast of characters who – with Henri’s help, encourage the MacKenzies to confront the past and move on. However – will the Girl in the Castle be able to return to university once her task is completed, and leave gorgeous, sexy Keir MacKenzie behind?

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19 comments

  1. Excellent and revealing interview, thank you. I love all of Lizzie Lamb’s books. Wonderful romances interwoven with mystery, intrigue and fascinating historical detail. And her dialogue is superb! Can’t wait for her new one.

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  2. Hi June and thanks for finding the time to drop by and comment. I love writing about Scotland and, although I might try different locations, I know I’ll always return here.

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  3. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:
    Many thanks to Kelly @LoveBooksGroup for featuring me and Girl In the Castle on their fabulous blog. A great way to kickstart my birthday weekend and to remind me how much I love writing romance.

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  4. I always enjoy reading about one of my favourite authors! thank you for this great interview, and I truly hope there’ll be a a new one soon, with details of the new book! 🙂

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    • Keep tuned, Isabella, a new book is on the way in time for the summer. Thank you so much for popping by and joining in the fun. This is a great group and a return visit would be lovely some time in the future.

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  5. Great blog Lizzie. How I loved Girl in the Castle. History, romance, fabulous characters and just a touch of Enid Blyton mystery and adventure. She may not be in vogue any more but she got me reading! Can’t wait for number 5!

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    • Thanks for finding time to pop by and leave a comment, Joan. I know that you are a ‘crime reader’ so I always appreciate your going off-piste and reading my romances. I loved old Enid, too. Sometimes we forget that simple books have a massive appeal for readers.

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  6. Enjoyed more insight into your writing process. I feel reassured that it is OK to kill off characters. I love the questions so thought I would respond here:
    Does it annoy you if a favourite author suddenly swaps/changes genre?
    No, I think it is exciting to experiment with genres.
    Do you mostly read downloads, paperbacks or borrow from the library?
    I mainly read downloads. I love to snuggle up with the kindle.
    Does it matter to you how old the hero/heroine is?
    I don’t care about the age. A characters should be like a good friend who charms you, even when they annoy you.
    How many of you leave reviews – good or bad on Amazon or Goodreads?
    I blog my reviews.
    Is there anything you would HATE to read in a romance
    I hate characters to be too perfect.
    Is there any theme you would like to see covered in a romance?
    I need to give this more thought.

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  7. Thanks Jessie, some great answers. I think I might post them on my author page and try to engage with more readers that way. Thanks for the suggestion. I must admit that I mostly read paperbacks (to save my tired eyes) or watch movies in the evening, anything but ‘close work’. Have a great weekend.

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  8. I love Lizzie Lamb’s books. They are wonderfully visual and transport me away to the beauty of Scotland. She makes her characters really come alive and even after I have finished reading I still have their words and actions going around in my head.

    Some great questions, my answers are as follows…

    Does it annoy you if a favourite author suddenly swaps/changes genre? No, because the writing will be just as good I think whatever the genre. I also read a wide variety of genre anyway.
    Do you mostly read downloads, paperbacks or borrow from the library? I love a paperback, but have some downloads too.
    Does it matter to you how old the hero/heroine is? No, it is their character that is important.
    How many of you leave reviews – good or bad on Amazon or Goodreads? I like to leave good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. If I really don’t like a book then I do sometimes contact the author and explain why, if I think my comments would be useful, but I don’t leave bad reviews anywhere.
    Is there anything you would HATE to read in a romance Not really, I like to be surprised! Although I don’t like erotic romance.
    Is there any theme you would like to see covered in a romance? I read romance to escape so don’t need a theme, just a good story. Not a very useful answer but there it is!

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  9. Sarah, thanks for leaving such a comprehensive answer to my questions (!) I’m taking on board Jessie’s suggestion about posting on my author page. Maybe one each day? Working hard to finish number five and can’t wait to hand it over to you to be formatted – thanks, again.

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    • Thanks for popping over Jan. I’m having a day off from the writing today to catch up with my social media stuff . Getting towards the end of the work in progress so hopefully you won’t have to wait too long.

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