Today we're delighted to welcome Mills and Boon author Lynne Graham! Lynne has published over 65 romance novels, with whopping sales of fifteen and a half million books worldwide.Thank you for visiting the Minxes, Lynne, now for those Minxy questions!
Where were you in your writing career 5 years ago?
Struggling to increase my output of books having come through a chaotic period of moving house, building a new one and living in rental property while that was being done. My career was going well but my children were younger and more dependent so writing still had to share billing with being a mother and it was a struggle to find the time to prioritize.
Where did you get the idea from for this particular book?
Reading about the lives of Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos, the archetypal Greek tycoons, inspired me to create my hero, Alexei Drakos. I wanted him to fall in love with an ordinary woman
Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
I want to still be doing what I’m doing now, keeping my long term readers happy and continuing to attract new ones. It has taken me 25 years to get to my current position and for the moment I’m happy to enjoy what I have achieved.
Which was the last book you read that you wish you'd written?
THE LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters. I love the spooky atmosphere of this gripping supernatural tale with all its twists and turns.
Was there any particular author or book that made you want to be a writer?
Not really. I grew up reading romance from an early age and wrote my first stories for amusement as a teenager. I cut my romance teeth on Barbara Cartland, Georgette Heyer and the Mills&Boon authors of the Sixties and Seventies. I just adore books and read everything from crime to paranormal romance to history books.
Do you find writing love scenes giggle-worthy or cringe-worthy?
Neither, I have to be in the right mood to write them and the main challenge is to keep them fresh and full of passion
What's the most romantic moment of your life so far?
It has to be the Valentine’s Day my husband laid a trail of red cardboard hearts to my greetings card. We didn’t have much money and couldn’t afford to go out to celebrate or exchange gifts but he made a real effort to make it a romantic occasion.
What do you wish you'd known about being an author before you were published?
That you will never stop try- try- trying again to improve your work. I write by constantly reviewing every previous word.
What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?
Ensure that every scene advances the story. A recommendation that helps you ruthlessly cut out the superfluous stuff.
Tell us about your latest release.
It’s a new line in which one story is told over the course of two books published in consecutive months. My editor put the linked story Duet concept to me and I agreed once I had thought up a meaty enough plot. It was exciting to do something fresh. The two books together are called THE DRAKOS BABY. The first part, THE PREGNANCY SHOCK was published in July in the UK (November for the USA) and the second, A STORMY GREEK MARRIAGE in September (December for the USA)
What’s next for you?
Another contract, another year of writing. I will probably do another Duet story and I look forward to creating some stimulating new characters and intriguing plots.