So, what have you been up to since we last spoke to you?
Working hard on getting Lost finished, the second book in the Arielle Lockley series. I've also transitioned from being an author with a day job who writes when she can, to an author who spends half the year working in a day job and half the year writing books. I'm thrilled to have more time to write.
Can you tell us more about your latest book, Lost?
Of course! Lost begins two months after the end of Kept, and Arielle is busy planning her shop launch in London, as well as her wedding to Piers. With a new-found foe interfering with her business decisions, not to mention haughty wedding planners and loved ones facing personal struggles, Arielle needs to figure out what's important before all is lost.
I'm on a bit of a crime thrillers spree at the moment, and am working my way through Black Wood by S.J.I. Holliday and Prey by James Carol. Chick-lit wise, I recently read Tied Up with Love by Amelia Thorne. I really loved it!
Are there any authors who have inspired you?
It's great to see authors who were originally self-published getting traditional publishing deals or being hybrid authors. It's even better to see that they are doing so well! Rachael Lucas, Anna Bell, Talli Roland and Cathy Bramley, to name a few, are all so inspirational.
What kind of research did you do for your latest novel?
As Arielle is planning on opening a shop in London, I did lots of research into the retail rental market in London and had fun thinking up her dream shop. This involved research trips to Camden Lock, the King's Road and Covent Garden, as well as trawling through estate agent websites to get an idea of the costs involved. Some places were asking for £250,000 per year, and that was just for the rental charge! I also had to research what it would be like to plan a wedding , picking out dresses and venues for Arielle's big day to Piers, which was a lot of fun. I stuck to online research and bridal magazines as I didn't want to attend wedding fairs and boutiques, not being engaged myself!
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I really liked sharing Ob's voice - he writes the prologue and epilogue - and I also enjoyed including a new character who makes trouble for Arielle's business plans. It was lovely to catch up with the characters of Kept again, even though some of them don't have a very happy time throughout the book.
What are you working on next?
I'll be working on the next, and (probably) final book in the Arielle Lockley series. Found will be out later on in the year, and it may share more of Ob's perspective this time round. I also want to finish writing The Dirtification of Tabitha-Rose, especially since Tabitha has a big part in Lost - in fact, part of her plotline in Lost came out of The Dirtification of Tabitha-Rose. I really love how my characters cross over and pop up in my other books.
Lost is available in paperback and Kindle format now. If you haven't yet read Kept, the first book in the Arielle Lockley series, buy it here.
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Arielle is back! OK, she's not on her way to becoming the next Coco Chanel, her childhood dream, but she is one way step closer to running her very own shop with her business partner, Felicity.
She's also planning her perfect romantic wedding to fiancé, Piers, and Arielle is starting to believe that she's finally found her place in the world...
Of course life is never that straightforward.
With a new-found foe interfering with her shop decisions, not to mention haughty wedding planners and loved ones facing personal struggles, will Arielle figure out what's important before all is lost?
Her first novel Kept was released in April 2013; Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not followed in October 2013. Lost, the sequel to Kept, is out now. Look out for the final book in the Arielle Lockley series, Found, towards the end of the year.
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