I published this post first in August 2015 but her books are worth checking out anytime 🙂
Today I am happy to introduce you to Lorna Peel author of contemporary and historical romance who is so kind as to tell us a little about her writing experience. I will review her new book “Into the Unknown” in September. But now over to Lorna:
“How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?
I’m a writer of contemporary and historical romance. I love history, genealogy and growing fruit and vegetables.
A fun fact about you?
I keep chickens. Well, five hens, a cockerel and a guinea hen. Two of the hens are ex-battery hens and are enjoying their well-earned freedom.
What made you write in the first place?
To provide an outlet for my over-active imagination! I hadn’t been encouraged to do any creative writing at school so when I left school I wanted to see if I could write a full length novel from start to finish. I’m glad to say that I could and I did. I then did a correspondence writing course specialising in short story writing. I was lucky enough to have one published in Woman’s Way, an Irish women’s magazine, but it made me realise that I prefer to write novels and novellas.
Which Author has influenced you and why?
It’s probably Enid Blyton, even though she’s not very politically correct these days. When I was little I read everything she wrote and it fuelled my imagination and eventually led me to start writing.
What is your favourite book?
The Welsh Princes Trilogy – Here Be Dragons/Falls The Shadow/The Reckoning – written by Sharon Kay Penman. I was brought up in north Wales and I have either been to, or know of most of the locations in the books. I can read them over and over again.
Your writing ritual (if you have one)?
I don’t know if I have one! I just need a comfortable chair and my laptop. Sometimes I write with music in the background and sometimes not, it depends what I’m writing. I’m a night owl, so I tend to write in the evening when I’m more alert. This works for me at the moment and I don’t know if it will change as I get older, but if I end up using the laptop keyboard as a pillow then it’s time for a re-think!
Your secret “sin” when you write?
It used to be exclamation marks, but I’ve more or less stopped using them now.
Do you suffer from writer’s block and if, what do you do against it?
Thankfully, I’ve never suffered from writer’s block, probably because I don’t set writing goals of any kind. If I put that kind of pressure on myself I wouldn’t get anything done.
Your advice for apprentice writers?
Be stubborn, grow a very thick skin, keep believing in yourself and your writing and never give up. Thanks for interviewing me, Bee!”
You are very welcome and thanks a lot!
You would like to find out more about Lorna? Please have a look here:
Into the Unknown Blurb:
London on 3 September 1939 is in upheaval. War is inevitable. Into this turmoil steps Kate Sheridan, newly arrived from Ireland to live with her aunt and uncle, and look for work. When she meets Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butler sparks fly, but he is a notorious womaniser. Should she ignore all the warnings and get involved with a ladies man whose life will be in daily danger?
Charlie Butler has no intention of getting involved with a woman. But when he meets Kate his resolve is shattered. Should he allow his heart to rule his head and fall for a nineteen-year-old Irish girl while there is a war to fight?
Private conflicts and personal doubts are soon overshadowed. Will the horrors of total war bring Kate and Charlie together or tear them apart?