Please welcome multi-published author Lucy Felthouse, who hails from the UK. She’s here to talk about her latest release, The Cottage in the Woods.
Cara: Please tell us about your current release.
Lucy: My latest release is called The Cottage in the Woods, and is published by Resplendence Publishing. It’s a lesbian erotic paranormal romance, and is about a young woman who lives alone out in the wilderness – until a visitor enters her garden and changes her life forever.
Lucy: I actually really like both girls, Heidi and Ava. Heidi slightly sassier, but both women are sweet, fairly shy and very cute.
Cara: What was the inspiration for your current release?
Lucy: It was actually when I was on a car journey, and I drove past a beautiful cottage which was behind some gates, then beyond the cottage were some woods. It just popped a spark of an idea into my head, and the story developed as I started writing it.
Cara: Is writing your sole occupation or do you have a day job? What is it?
Lucy: My day job consists of writing – but it isn’t what I do full time. My job includes running my PR, Marketing and Web Design business, Writer Marketing (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk), which takes up a lot of my time, and writing fiction. Because I’m my own boss, I can use my time however I like, so I manage to squeeze in bouts of writing here and there. When things are really busy, I don’t get as much writing time as I’d like, but it all evens out in the end.
Cara: What else have you had published?
Lucy: My single author titles are:
- Susie White and the Right Hand Man, House of Erotica
- A Menu with a Difference, Noble Romance Publishing
- Brick Dust & Bedsprings, Ravenous Romance
- Caught in the Act, Sweetmeats Press
- Love Through Time, Noble Romance Publishing
- Weekend at Wilderhope Manor, Summerhouse Publishing
- Naughty Delivery, Ravenous Romance
- Loose Ends, Summerhouse Publishing
- The Best of Lucy Felthouse, Xcite Books
- Bite with Height, Noble Romance Publishing
- A Bit of Rough, Noble Romance Publishing
As well as that, I’ve edited two anthologies, Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth, and had dozens of stories published in anthologies.
Lucy: When I’m not writing, I’m a PR/Marketer/Web Designer. I’m also a reader, TV and film watcher, a walker, a countryside explorer and dog owner.
Cara: How much of yourself (your background, personality, likes, dislikes) do you put into your writing, and how much of it is pure fiction?
Lucy: I don’t often deliberately put parts of myself into stories, but I guess it’s inevitable if some things slip in. I do notice sometimes how my characters seem to like the same guys as me, have the same stupid sense of humour and weakness for chocolate, though…
Cara: What do you like most about being a writer? What do you like least?
Lucy: The thing I like most is when a publisher says “yes” – it never gets old! The thing I like the least is that all my good writing buddies live so far away! We manage to meet up in London for readings and things, but I just wish it could be more often.
Cara: What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about authors?
Lucy: I think one misconception is that it’s not a proper job. Some people think that because a person works from home that it’s okay to knock on the door, call them up and basically do whatever they like because the person is home. Never mind the fact that the more interruptions we get, the less work we get done! Grr!
Cara: Now, just for fun…what is your favorite childhood book?
Lucy: I don’t think I could name a single one, but I absolutely adored Enid Blyton’s stuff. I’d probably still quite happily read it now!
Cara: What’s your favorite TV show?
Lucy: Supernatural. Oh yes, I’m a sucker for those Winchester boys. *drools*
Cara: What was your first job?
Lucy: My first part-time job was in a stationery store when I was at college, and I absolutely loved it! But then, I do love stationery…
My first full-time job was as a PR & Marketing Executive. I worked for the company for four and a half years, then left to start my own company doing PR & Marketing for writers.
Cara: What do you notice first about the opposite sex?
Lucy: Hmm… probably height. Then eyes.
Cara: What do you admire most about the opposite sex?
Lucy: A sense of humour and intelligence. If a guy hasn’t got those, he’s not for me.
The Cottage in the Garden Blurb:
Living in her remote cottage in the woods, Heidi doesn’t get many visitors. So when she spots a fox in her garden, she’s delighted. However, her joy quickly turns to dismay when she thinks the beautiful creature may be injured. Heading out to see how she can help, Heidi is astounded when something happens that makes her question her eyesight – not to mention her sanity. Once she gets over her shock and discovers the reason behind the peculiar encounter, Heidi is mighty glad that the fox chose her garden to visit.
The Cottage in the Garden Excerpt
A movement in the garden caught Heidi’s attention immediately. She peered out into the dark, her hands still immersed in the washing up bowl as she tried to catch another glimpse of whatever was lurking in the darkness outside her kitchen window. She wasn’t frightened, merely curious. She lived so far out in the wilderness that it could only be an animal, and the last time she’d checked, they couldn’t open locked doors. So she was perfectly safe.
What made her nocturnal visitor so unusual was its proximity to the house. Animals were braver in the city, where they’d become used to humans. But out here, they were still timid and very wary of man. Heidi’s little cottage was practically screaming that it was occupied, with its smoking chimney and blazing lights and yet the creature – whatever it was – was almost outside the window. Heidi frowned. Something definitely wasn’t right.
Another flash of movement, and Heidi finally identified her visitor. The beautiful russet fur, big bushy tail with flecks of white – there was a fox in her garden.
Grinning, Heidi rushed to dry her hands on a tea towel and then moved across the room to flick off the light switch. She waited until her eyes became accustomed to the darkness, then made her way back to the window. She spied the fox immediately, crouched down beside the hedge surrounding her garden, as though it was hunting something. A life-long nature lover, Heidi smiled, truly appreciating the stunning beauty of the creature. But the longer Heidi watched the animal, the more confused she became.
The fox hadn’t moved for some time. If it was hunting, surely it would have pounced by now? A sinking feeling rolled through Heidi’s stomach. Perhaps it wasn’t stalking after all, but lying down because it was injured? She knew that out here, if the fox was hurt, it had been attacked by another predator, rather than had a run-in with a moving vehicle. After all, the only vehicle around these parts was hers, so unless her truck had gone all Christine, it certainly wasn’t that.
No, it had to be another animal. It was survival of the fittest, the food chain and all that. She knew how these things worked, but there was no way she could leave the poor creature suffering in her garden. Not if she could do something about it.
Heidi began to plan exactly what to do. She knew that if the fox was injured and couldn’t move, it could snap at her in self-defence, it having no idea that her intentions were good. She desperately wanted to help the vulnerable creature, but preferably without ending up needing stitches and a tetanus shot.
As Heidi gazed into the darkness, trying to work out a solution, she lost her mind. At least, that’s the conclusion she came to as her eyes relayed an image to her brain which couldn’t possibly be accurate.
For more on Lucy Felthouse:
Lucy’s site: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk