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My Author Spotlight Interview by Bernadette Marie

I had a lovely interview with the incredible Bernadette Marie

Find all the questions she asked and my answers here – I’ve asked permission from Bernadette to post the below, but please do check out her blog!

 

 Today I am spotlighting a 5 Prince Publishing author who is busy putting out the books! With one release through the company and two more on the books you’ll be hearing a lot from Lindsay Harper.

BalconyLindsay Harper lives in West Yorkshire, England with her husband and four Springer Spaniels. She has two grown up children and three grandchildren. She now writes full time and this is the third book in the ”How To …” romance series following best friends Robyn and Denizon through the trials and tribulations of life. When she’s not writing she practices Homeopathy and is a House Doctor. For fun she enjoys walks by the water, yoga, cooking, DIY, 60’s retro and anything romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

Being able to create new characters and tell their stories.

 

What genre(s) do you write?

Contemporary women’s fiction and chick-lit

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I didn’t find any of the writing hard. I’ve never suffered from writer’s block

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

 

Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?

Because I write about the gritty stuff of women’s lives – not shying away from subjects that some people find uncomfortable.

 

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

Hope for relationships, one reader said my book helped her to reassess her relationship with her husband. She stopped taking him too much for granted.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Always follow your dream, strive to be happy and don’t compromise yourself for another.

 

How long have you been a writer? 

Since 2010 but full time since writing How to Have an Affair.

 

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?

No time at all as me as my husband set up a small publishing company to publish my first three novels. But I wanted to reach a much wider audience so I looked for another much bigger company – hence 5Prince.

 

What other careers have you had?

I’m a homeopath, House Doctor, Pilates and T’ai Chi teacher. I’ve been a Fitness Centre instructor and owner, teacher, Centre Manager. I think that’ll do!

 

Do you write under more than one name? Why?

No, just my own. I’ve thought about writing under a pen name as I’ve written a few genres but my fan base has always advised against it as they like to read everything I write.

 

Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

Yes, most of what I write I’ve experienced first-hand or know of someone else who has experienced it. People who know me can see me in some of my heroines.

 

How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?

(Great question!) Funny, busy, efficient, kind, out-going.

 

What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?

My age – I’m 55 and a grandma to 3 children. One reviewer was surprised at my age as I write so knowledgeably about sex! I’m not past it yet!

 

What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

Despite writing mostly about infidelity and affairs I’m happily married to Paul. It’s our 18th wedding anniversary March 29th.

 

How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

They are incredibly proud. My 84 year old mum and 30 year old daughter both love my books but my son won’t read the sex scenes. He thinks it’s too weird reading stuff like that written by his mother. My husband is incredibly supportive and works very hard so I can fulfill my dream of becoming a Best-Selling Author.

 

Where are you from?

Yorkshire, England

 

How do you come up with the titles?

They just come to me – often on dog walks, or during the night.

 

Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?

Yes. I spend all day on my own in front of a computer only going out when absolutely necessary.

 

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?

I write one book at a time although I have the next one lined up in my head. I multi-task with other things and see patients in my homeopathy practice, do all the administration in my husband’s property maintenance business and do the occasional House Doctoring.

 

When not writing, how do you relax?

I meditate using the Ishayas Ascension practice, I walk my four springer spaniels, I look after my grandchildren, I do Ashtanga yoga.

 

Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.

I’ve been married twice before, I never have the same hairstyle for more than 6 months, I don’t drink alcohol, I love watching TV, I cry really easily at soppy films.

 

Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.

How to Have an Amicable Divorce will be released May 15th 2014, How to Have a Happy Marriage released September 2014 both with 5Prince Publishing. I’m half way through writing a chick-lit novel that is really witty and down-right funny!

 

Where can readers find you?

www.lindsayharper.co.uk

Twitter @harperpublishin

Facebook – LindsayHarperAuthor

Blog – lindsayharperauthor@wordpress.com

http://www.5princebooks.com

 

How to Have an Affair

Have you ever been attracted to someone you shouldn’t?

Were you prepared to risk everything?

Robyn Fisher is a frustrated, busy, working mum and wife who feels that life is passing her by – that is until she meets charismatic psychologist, Jay Trethedick, at a weekend seminar. Despite the instant attraction, Robyn resists Jay’s advances only to surrender to temptation a week later and they begin an intense and passionate love affair. But when the lovers start taking increasingly dangerous risks, Robyn’s husband discovers the truth and walks out, destroying Robyn’s world.

But the grass isn’t always greener. After an attempt to start a new life with Jay, Robyn realises she has to take the biggest risk of all; choosing who to love and who to let go. As sexual desire battles with real life and family, can she make the right choice?

How far is she willing to go?

 

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What are your books about?

Every time someone finds out I’m a writer the first question is always, “What are your books about?” I usually answer with Contemporary Women’s fiction – but what exactly is that?

 

I define it as anything that is relevant to modern life – any issues that might come up in our  current society.

 

Let me give you some examples. In the “How to …” series of books so far I have written

about: love affairs and infidelity, divorce, abortion, adoption, alcoholism, gambling, smoking,

under-age sex, domestic violence, mental illness, suicide, physical disabilities, genetic

conditions. I have written about heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Some of my

characters have been religious and spiritual and other have been atheist.

 

I want to be known as a writer for whom no subject is taboo. If it happens in our society then

it will be somewhere in my books. Some subjects I have first-hand experience of, others I

have had to research. The internet is a vital tool in this research but also interviewing real

people has proved invaluable.

 

I’ve always wondered why gossip has been such an interest to me and now I can see why

– I need it for my work. I love hearing about other people’s stories and how they live their

lives. I suppose gossip isn’t the right word because I try not to judge anyone and I don’t pass

the gossip on in a derogatory way. I show an interest in what goes on around me and then I

translate it into a story-line.

 

So, if you know me, watch out, one day you might read about yourself in one of my books.

But fear not! Your name and details will be changed. I can’t afford to be sued.

Do you fancy any of your male characters?

Out of everyone I have ever written about the closest I would come to fancying anyone is Dave – Robyn’s husband. He has the look I like; tall, with dark hair and swarthy skin. He is also fit and strong. I like his kindness and the fact that he really loves Robyn. What I wouldn’t put up with is the long hours he works and I think this contributed to Robyn looking elsewhere for love. He says he is only working so hard to support his family but it seems to me he is a bit of a workaholic which doesn’t make for a balanced relationship. Continue reading

How I Choose My Characters

I was asked recently how I formulate my characters. I feel like they formulate themselves. I have a vague idea what I want them to be like. I’ll know the sex, the age and the physical characteristics but as for the personality it develops as the book progresses. Continue reading