Louise Lyons takes a spin today!
- Pick any place in the world to spend the next 6 months. Where is it and why? This one’s easy! The Lake District, in the north-west of England. It’s my favourite place in the world and I hope to move there in maybe 5 or so years from now. I could spend every day of the six months hiking in the mountains, whatever the weather, and never get bored.
- Which of your characters is most likely to end up in the emergency room and why? Maybe Paul from my first novel, Conflicted. He has a bad temper and he got into a number of fights both prior to the start of the book, and during the first couple of chapters. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see him in the ER with a broken nose, or damaged knuckles. He calmed down a lot when he fell in love, but it wouldn’t take much to set him off again, especially if anyone hurt his lover, Greg.
- One of your characters has an allergy that’s proved problematic. Tell us about it. None of my characters so far have allergies, but Joel in Cervena was in a serious motorcycle accident years before the start of the book. He broke his leg and had to have pins put in it to support the break. He’s left with a slight limp, more pronounced when the weather is cold and damp, as that makes the old injury painful.
- If you could make anything edible, what would you choose? One of my favourite naughty treats is a recipe called Mount Nacheesmo that I got from the programme, Man v Food. It’s a huge pile of nachos covered with anything you like – usually I top them with shredded chicken, refried beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, red onion, green peppers, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese sauce. I don’t have a Man v Food sized portion, but it is very delicious (and loaded with calories!)
- Who are your favorite visual artists and why? I love the 19th Century German romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Freidrich. I have a print of one of his oil paintings hanging in my hallway, and two more upstairs. My favourite is called the Stages of Life and is based on his thoughts on his own mortality. It’s one of those pieces of art I can stand and stare at, and get lost in.
- Say you met your all-time favorite celebrity; would you play it cool? Or would you utterly humiliate yourself? I’d probably be cool and relaxed. About 13 years ago I met a person who was pretty famous some time before that, whom I admired at the time, and ended up being good friends with him for a couple of years, even acting as a kind of part time PA for a while. I got to attend a TV show he was on and sit in the Green Room watching, and accompany him to a couple of performances in a fancy car, and a few other things. Most of it was more mundane, though – such as hanging out at his mother’s house and ordering pizza! I’d like to think I’d be cool enough to act like that if I met someone like Dwayne Johnson!
- If you could choose anyone on the planet to narrate an audio version of your latest book, who would it be? Liam Neeson, I love his voice.
Alex Randall has always wanted to be a rock singer. When he answers an ad from a local band, his dream finally comes true. He loves the stage, and the group’s fans love him. Things couldn’t be better, except for the attraction he develops for the band’s guitarist, Lindsey. Alex is surprised and initially worried, since he only had one brief flirtation with a boy in his teens. But even though he and Lindsey become close and start seeing each other, Alex fears commitment, and Lindsey worries that Alex might only be experimenting.
When Lindsey’s ex contacts him following a health scare, fear and anger drives a wedge between Alex and Lindsey, which causes rifts within the band. Alex and Lindsey’s relationship is still new and fragile, and with Alex unwittingly blaming Lindsey for their problems, it becomes a true challenge for them to weather the storm.
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Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy.
Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties. Posting stories based on some of her favourite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad dog called Casper, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races home afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and job, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.
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