Interview with Louise Lyons

August 20, 2014

Time for one more post before I draw the prize winner of a copy of Conflicted, in 45 minutes time.  Here I’ve answered a few random interview questions. Now’s your chance to ask me anything you like, whether it be about writing in general, my current release, Conflicted, or about me personally.

Conflicted, is of course available from Dreamspinner Press in both eBook and Paperback, and is now also available from Amazon for Kindle.



Conflicted cover

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

I usually have a basic idea for the plot with a few important events in my head, and the rest of it builds progressively once I get started. Quite often I will write whole scenes or sections of dialogue for a part of the story that I haven’t yet got to, and then mark them for inclusion later.

How do you come up with the titles?

Occasionally, but not very often, the title comes to me when I get the idea for the story. More often, though, I will get several chapters into what I’m writing and gradually the idea for the title forms, which I might well tweak a few times before I’m happy with it.
What book are you reading now?

I just finished reading Wade Kelly’s new release, Names Can Never Hurt Me. It’s a long book and I read it in two days. I couldn’t put the thing down. A real tugger at the heartstrings and I adored the second main character, RC. He was very real and it was easy to fall for him from the off, even though he didn’t look appealing in the beginning.
Do you see writing as a career?

I would like it to be. I have a full time job at the moment and initially, I see writing as a way to supplement my income and be able to treat myself. I would love to be able to write full time and quit the day job. It was always a dream, but with one book published and (hopefully) more to come, I would like to think that dream’s getting a little bit closer !
Favorite foods/Colors/Music?

Food – well I love all sorts and I like trying new things to eat. My favorite is Mexican, but I love Chinese, Italian and Indian food as well, and I enjoy making up new dishes and trying new combinations.

Colors – purple has always been my favorite color, but I really love green as well.

Music – my tastes are quite diverse. I enjoy rock music and used to be a bit of a headbanger. I love country and western, some modern chart music, classical and opera and even trance which is perfect for working out to. There’s not a great deal I don’t like.
Favorite subject in school? Why?

Geography. I was fascinated by different countries, how mountains formed, what caused earthquakes and so on. I liked it so much I would make up my own geography projects at home and draw maps. My friends thought I was weird!
What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?

I never order the same thing twice. I like variety. My favorite restaurant is part of a UK chain called Chiquitos (Mexican of course). Each time I go I pick a different starter, main and dessert and try a new cocktail from their vast menu.


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