Hello, Sunshines on another summery day! Today, I am super excited to be chatting with Lucy Morris author of the new Viking romance; Viking Cheif’s Marriage Alliance which is available now, I am currently reading it and it’s amazing!! We will be chatting about books, holiday homes, writing and pork scratchings – yup, you heard me!

About the Author

Lucy Morris lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two young children and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves gin, bubbly and Irn-Bru.

A member of the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association, she was delighted to accept a two-book deal with Harlequin after submitting her story to the Warriors Wanted submission blitz for Viking, Medieval and Highlander romances.

Writing for Harlequin Historical is a dream come true for her and she hopes you enjoy her books!

Social Media Links:

Twitter / Website / Instagram / Facebook / Goodreads

Author interview

Hi Lucy, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Thank you, Frankie! I’m delighted to be chatting with you.

Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

I’d say loyal, day-dreamer, anxious, funny and hot-tempered. Probably, not the best mix of characteristics! But I thought I’d share my negatives as well as my positives. No heroine is realistic without a few flaws, right?

Can you tell us a little about your debut book; Viking Cheifs Marriage Alliance?

My debut is out with Mills and Boon Historical on 27th May. It’s set in the Viking era and follows an ‘ice queen’ heroine trying to escape her dark past. Unfortunately, she finds herself ship-wrecked on the Northumbrian coastline. Can he thaw the ice queen and reveal the vulnerable woman beneath?

Amazing (I’m reading it at the minute and it’s as great as it sounds) ~ When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

I have two young children that keep me pretty busy. But I also love the theatre and seeing friends for a pint of cider and a natter. At the moment with lockdown all we seem to do is homeschool and watch telly. Honestly I’ll be glad to get out and about again, and have some time alone… Oh, that will be blissful!

If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Oh, that’s so tricky… There’s so many places I’d love to visit and so many gorgeous cities and exotic locations. But for me, it would be about the company. I’d love a really large holiday home that could accommodate a couple of my friends and their families at a time. Somewhere on the coast with beautiful scenery, where the kids could play in the sea. We could have BBQ’s and chats late into the night, either in front of a log fire in winter or with a glass of bubbly and a hot tub in the summer. If money was no object a Scottish castle would be great!

If you could have your book made into a film who would play your lead character’s?

Well, as I only have my debut out at the moment it would have to be ‘The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance’. I already know who would play my characters, as they were my inspiration Clive Standen who played Rollo in Viking’s would play my hero Thorstein. Gwendoline Christie (Game of thrones) who was a gorgeous and majestic queen in a recent theatrical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be my perfect Gyda.

Rollo; Swooooon!!! ~ When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?

I plot – but not in too much detail. I write the general gist of characters and storyline in one of my many notebooks. Then I write my ‘skeletal draft’ which is always very short and basic. I sometimes give this first draft to my poor critique partners who obligingly read my ‘hot mess’ and tell me what’s working and what’s not. I then go through fixing the problems in my plot and characters, and develop a much stronger, more detailed draft. I then edit and tweak this draft until I’m happy to send it out into the world.

What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Tip One: Finish your first book. Once you’ve completed your first you know you can actually do it. I spent far longer on my first book then any others…and it’s still unpublishable. You need to learn writing by doing, and there’s no point agonising for too long on your first book. Write it, edit it and then write the next. ‘The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance’ is the third book I’ve ever written. I was finishing my fourth book when I got the Call. Writing is not like a story with a beginning, middle and end, it’s a constantly turning wheel, and we’re the hamsters pushing it.

Two: Find good critique partners, beta readers, writing groups. Not everyone will like or get your work. But hopefully, you’ll find some people that do. These people are like gold dust and I would not have my publishing deal without their advice and encouragement. My writing group and critique partners have lifted me off the floor when I’ve been rejected. They’ve also given me the encouragement and criticism to improve on my writing. By reading their work I’ve gained insight into my own words. They are essential. I’d also recommend the RNA New Writers Scheme if you’re writing romance.

Three: Target your writing to what you know and/or love. I have loved historical romance since I first started sneakily reading my mum’s Johanna Lindsey books as a pre-teen. But I have no academic background in history, so there’s no way I could write my favorite sub-genre, right? Wrong. I’ve read this sub-genre for nearly twenty years. It’s amazing what you pick up along the way. So, write what you love. That’s not to say I don’t do any research, I do. But as it’s a subject I love anyway, I don’t mind doing it. You don’t have to be a history professor to write historical books, you just need to be willing to learn. Don’t let anyone or anything put you off from writing what you love.

Fantastic tips ~ If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?

Hmmm, I lost my mum recently, so maybe my mum and my characters Gyda and Thorstein? That way my mum could get to know them. I’m so glad she was alive to learn about my publishing deal (she was a huge fan of historical romance) but she passed away suddenly and never got to read my book. I’d love to spend a bit more time with her and for her to meet my characters, I think she’d have liked them. Plus, Thorstein is pretty hot so not bad eye candy for dinner!

Aww, what a beautiful answer ~ Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

A cider with some pork scratchings (acquired taste I know!)

Works for me ~ Thank you, Frankie x

About the Book

Viking Cheif’s Marriage Alliance by Lucy Morris.

Genre: Viking, Historical Romance.

Publisher; Mills and Boon/ Harlequin

Release Date; 27th May 2021

A challenging wife

For a warrior Viking

When Thorstein Bergson rescues a beautiful woman from a storm-tossed long-ship he little expects to broker a powerful marriage alliance with her. This high-status ice queen is not the comfortable wife this warrior chief is seeking. But maybe the bitter-sweet pain in Gyda’s eyes hides another woman beneath?

The one he tasted that first night when she’d kissed him with such pent-up longing…?

Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk, Viking Chiefs Marriage Alliance

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