Mind the gap! It’s the third coach on our LesFic Eclectic blog train, and we’ve got another four authors seated comfortably ready to chat with you today: the brand new voice of Sarah Snow, emerging authors Kitty McIntosh and Emma Wallis, and old-hand, Emma Nichols. Volume Three comes out on Thursday 23rd December, but you can download Volume One and Volume Two right now.
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How excited are you to be involved in this project?
Sarah: This is my first foray into professional story writing, so I am highly excited to be involved in this project. I get to combine history with my own imagination, all the time learning the craft from fabulous women already in the trade.
Emma Wallis: I’m very excited to be involved in this project, not only for the selfish reason of having the opportunity to work with Robyn and get her editorial input, but also to have the chance to share my story with you.
Emma Nichols: Super excited. It’s such a great way to engage with readers and for me to explore writing something a little different.
Kitty: I’m thrilled to be involved in Lesfic Eclectic Volume 3. It’s a wonderful opportunity to have a story included and let readers see what kind of stories I like to write. LesFic Eclectic gives readers a chance to discover new authors, and that can only be a good thing for our sector of the book world.
What’s your story about and what genre does it fall into?
Sarah: A Very Adorable Darling is set in the First World War and follows Millie’s adventures as she falls in love and goes to work at a military hospital. I like to weave fact and fiction together to create a story. This is historical fiction in its purest form.
Emma Wallis: This is a werewolf story, it’s the story of a war between two rival packs and the love between two wolves.
Emma Nichols: I’ve written a historical romance based on the Joan of Arc story, from the perspective of her closest friend and lover.
Kitty: My story is a second chance romance about a woman making the decision to start again after the loss of her wife. It’s a joyful story of discovery, and I hope it will make readers happy.
What kind of fiction do you like to write and why?
Sarah: My background is history. I like to bring to life the forgotten heroines from the past in such a way as to make them live again.
Emma Wallis: I like to write things that are just a little bit different. I don’t like to follow rules, making a conscious choice to take a literary risk to uphold the integrity of the story I want to tell.
Emma Nichols: I enjoy writing romance if I can inject a little intrigue into the plot and or the characters. I love to read suspense and psychological thriller and hope to write in those genres at some point.
Kitty: I enjoy writing stories where romance is only one element. Sometimes I write about witches, other times something historical. I’m also working on a mystery, but there will be some romance in there too.
Tell us something about yourself that readers might not already know.
Sarah: I live near Brighton with my partner and when not researching VADs and nurses, and I enjoy sea swimming.
Emma Wallis: In the last couple of months, I’ve produced six activity books for both adults and children.
Emma Nichols: Always a difficult one as my life is played out on Twitter! For those who don’t know me, I recently emigrated to Corsica with my family.
Kitty: Unlike the rest of my family, I have no fear of heights at all. I once did the Edge Walk at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, which involved hanging off the edge 356m/1168ft (116 storeys up). It was exhilarating.
What’s your favourite line from your story in LEV3?
Sarah Snow ~ A Very Adorable Darling
I moved my hand just a fraction of an inch, and I felt the warmth of her skin on mine.
Emma Wallis ~ Apex Predator:
When Kayn chose to end the dance, all it took was one pace to close the gap between them. Where they had been opposing magnets, the space between them palpable, now they collided.
Emma Nichols ~ The Maid of Orleans:
“I want you to love me, as I love you, but your heart bleeds for France. Your calling is far greater than me and I must let you go with my blessing.”
Kitty McIntosh ~ An Irish Dream
She smiled, and the wrinkles around her eyes crinkled, bringing a sparkle and gleam that lit her whole face.