Today I have the pleasure of chatting with Lynne Shelby, author of Chick Lit Romance French Kissing and winner of the 2015 Rosie Amber Book Awards. So take a seat and let’s get to know more about Lynne.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing, and my ambition was always to be a published author. I write contemporary romance, because that’s what I like reading the most. In January 2015 I was thrilled to win the Accent Press & Woman Magazine Writing Competition, and my debut novel ‘French Kissing’ is published by Accent Press. I have worked in a variety of day jobs and I have also had a very enjoyable vicarious career as a stage mother, which has given me a love of theatre that inspires much of my writing. I love travelling and I’m also inspired to write by the many wonderful foreign cities that I’ve visited and explored , with a camera and writer’s notebook in hand – Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice, New York, Copenhagen, Berlin and of course Paris, the city which inspired me to write ‘French Kissing’. I live in north London with my tall, dark handsome husband, my son, two daughters and a lot of books.
Reading Chick : Hi Lynne, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Lynne : Creative, curious, laid-back, book-lover, traveller
Reading Chick : If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Lynne : My first choice of when to live would be the present (I like modern comforts !) but I’d like to live temporarily in Roman times as this is a historical era I’m particularly interested in, and have studied. I love exploring Roman ruins, and it would be fascinating to actually experience the way people lived back then. It would also be great for researching a historical novel! I’d want to live in Rome itself, of course!
Reading Chick: That sound’s really cool! Who was your childhood hero?
Lynne : Tarzan – how cool, thought my nine-year-old self, to live in the jungle with your animal friends!
Reading Chick : Haha! What is your favourite time of the year?
Lynne : Definitely summer. There can be few things better than sitting in the garden on a summer evening with a book and a glass of wine.
Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Lynne : My favourite character tends to be the one I’m writing about at the time, so currently my favourite is the heroine of my WIP, Emma, a girl in her late twenties, who made a bad choice ten years ago, and is trying to put it right.
Reading Chick : Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?
Lynne : Inspiration can come from anything and at any time – very often a few snatches of overheard conversation can inspire a plot. I was inspired to write my debut novel, ‘French Kissing,’ when I was returning from Paris with my family on the Eurostar. A young Frenchman sitting across the aisle spent the whole journey phoning his English friends, telling them that he was coming to London and wondering if they could meet up. Unfortunately none of his friends wanted to see him. This gave me the idea of a plot about a Frenchman coming to England who is very much welcomed by an English girl, and my characters, Alexandre and Anna. My WIP was inspired by my going to a school reunion. Discovering what had happened to the girls I’d known at school sparked off the plot about a girl and a guy who knew each other as teenagers and are re-united when they are older – and hopefully wiser
Reading Chick : How interesting! What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Lynne : If you can, write every day, even if it’s only for ten minutes. That way you keep the flow of your story in your mind, and your word count grows steadily.
Read as much as you can in your own and other genres, and think about what does and doesn’t work in a novel.
Never give up your dream of becoming a published author. I know so many writers who wrote for years before they were published. We have to learn our craft.
Reading Chick: If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, they can be from any era)
Lynne : Aphra Behn who is a particular heroine of mine as she was the first woman to earn her living by writing plays back in the 17th century – as well as being a spy. I’d imagine she’d have some amazing stories to tell about her life.
Jo March from ‘Little Women’ – I’m sure we’d have a great discussion about writing.
Jane Austen – I’d like to know what happened after Elizabeth Bennet married Darcy and became mistress of Pemberley.
Reading Chick : Thank you, Lynne 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 all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Lynne : Ooh that would be dark chocolate!
Thank you, Lynne for chatting with us today.
If you want to know more about Lynne and her work, then check out the links below.
Anna Mitchel has been writing letters to her French penfriend, Alexandre Tourville, for fifteen years, but hasn’t seen him since an exchange trip when they were at school. When Alex, now a successful photographer, has the opportunity to work in London, Anna offers him a place to stay but is astounded that the small, geeky boy she remembers is now tall, broad-shouldered and gorgeous. He has also just broken up with his long-term girlfriend. Anna’s female friends are soon swooning over Alex’s Gallic charm, and Anna’s boyfriend Nick is becoming extremely jealous of their friendship. Then Alex has to return to Paris to oversee the hanging of his photographs in an exhibition, and invites Anna to accompany him so that he can show her the city he adores…
From London to Paris, sealed with a kiss…