I’m Lorraine Minx, otherwise known as Lorraine Wilson and I’m really excited to be completing my first Minxy spotlight J I’m the author of the Chalet Girl series and write for Harper Impulse, the new Harper Collins imprint. I live in Wiltshire with my husband and three mad terriers.
What number book is this? First? 100th? 200th?(Nora only!) ‘Secrets of a Chalet Girl’, out today, is my second book but I’m currently working on my fourth, something I find hard to compute!
Everyone who writes knows it's not easy - what methods do you use to keep at it on days when it would be so much easier to go shoe shopping?
Deadlines – the fear of not making them is a helpful factor!
What is your top promo tip for other authors? Try and find readers and reading groups on Facebook and Twitter rather than just connecting with other writers. I’ve made some really nice connections with readers on Facebook who I’d never otherwise have ‘met’.
How does writing fit into your day? Or does your day fit in around your writing? Suffering from chronic pain and fatigue, and the cognitive problems with my brain injury means I can only write when I’m well enough. I have to pace rigorously and prioritise all my good health energy for writing.
In what way is being a published writer different to how you thought it would be? I thought the angsting would stop once I got the call but I didn’t realise you just get a different set of worries – Will readers like my book? Can I write another book they’ll like? How much promo should I be doing? etc.
What was the most fun part of writing this book? The research. I was lucky enough to be writing this book while staying in Switzerland and did a lot of field trip research!
Just for fun: a year from the end of the book, where would your couple go on holiday? I see them in a campervan, touring Europe and generally having fun.
Could you be friends with any of your heroines? Yes, all of them. I don’t think I could write a heroine I didn’t like.
Do you have any tips, tricks or sacrificial rituals you do when you hit a story roadblock? Either Skype the other Minxes or invite fellow Harper Impulse author Charlotte Phillips over for a coffee. I find brainstorming with other writers always works.
‘Secrets of a Chalet Girl’ is the follow-up novella to ‘Confessions of a Chalet Girl’ and is published TODAY. The Chalet Girl series is set in Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous and home to the seasonnaire-set. A sexy game of truth or dare leads to secrets being revealed. Can Chalet Girl Flora trust Swiss snowboarder Zac or does he have secrets of his own?
"Playful, hot and made me smile...I couldn't put it down." 5 * review Sienna Logan, Lost to Books.
Read the first chapter of ‘Secrets of a Chalet Girl’ for free here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/174703577/Lorraine-Wilson-Secrets-of-a-Chalet-Girl
& buy here: http://smarturl.it/secretchalet
You can also pre-order Revenge of a Chalet Girl here: http://smarturl.it/chaletrevenge
To keep up to date with Chalet Girl Series news check out my author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LorraineWilsonWriter