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Interview with Lucy Winton

She is a YA fantasy author. She loves to write (and read) stories with adventure, mystery, friendship, discovery…and a little romance as well. She lives in a riverside town in Devon. She first started writing when she was four; hopefully, she’s improved since then. She loves trying out new recipes, daydreaming, and buying more books than her bookshelves can hold.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
I still watch the anime I loved when I was younger.

Q.2 What inspired you to write the Lamorne series?
It started with the idea to write a genderswap Hades and Persephone - and then I realized there were more stories to be set in that world. Plus, I’ve wanted to write something with a heroine called Amara for a while because I’ve come across three villains with that name.

Q. 3 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
Oh, you are definitely going to be reading more from me! There will be three more Lamorne stories, four in Waterdrop, and I’m always coming up with ideas. Including a Christmas story set in the world of Secret Angels.

Q.4 What is the most challenging thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
In all honesty, I don’t find it difficult. I’ve written things from the perspective of male characters, and it’s a matter of keeping everyone in character.

Q.5 Do you plan out your books before you start writing, or do you just write and see where it takes you?
I used to write and see where it took me…but the journey wasn’t taking me anywhere. That technique does work for other writers, just not me. So I’m officially a planner.

Q.6 How long, on average, does it takes you to write a book?
That depends on the book's length - and what else is going on in my life. Secret Angels and Dark Rose took me a couple of months, but Nightshade only took a few weeks.

Q.7 Why did you decide to write under a pen name?
I guess it was out of shyness. I’m an introvert and didn’t want to write anything under my real name.

Q.8 What’s your writing schedule while writing?
Get comfortable with a cup of tea or a glass of water, and prepare my notes and possibly a playlist for the project. Then get cracking!

Q.9 How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
So far, I’ve written two books and five novellas. It’s hard to say which is my favorite, but I’ve enjoyed writing Secret Angels the most. It’s been so interesting writing from the perspective of multiple first-person narrators.

Q.10 How do you select the title of your books?
Sometimes the titles just enter my head - Wild Rose and Dark Rose did. Other times it's a lot less straightforward; the sequels for Secret Angels are not cooperating! Waterdrop was just an idea, but as the story progressed, the title just stuck.

Q.11 If you could be a member of any fantasy race, which would you choose and why?
Oooh, that’s a tough one. Does a phoenix count? Or maybe a dragon rider. I’d like that.

Q.12 If you could invite one character to dinner from your books, who would it be and why?
At the moment, it would be Isla from the Waterdrop series. I would tell her to hold on and that everything will be OK.

Q.13 What three things can a reader expect from your books?
Adventure, friendship, and intrigue.

Q.14 Among all the supporting characters in your books, who is dear to you and why?
I love the Hickathrift family from Dark Rose. Jules was a joy to write - he’s warm, friendly, and has a huge heart. He’s a wonderful friend and is not afraid to call you out if you need or deserve it.

Q.15 Who designed your book cover? How do you select them?
I actually designed the cover of Nightshade myself using the BookBrush Cover Creator. It is a beautiful tool for authors; I honestly can’t recommend it enough, and it’s so much fun to use. 

For the Roses, it was Alydia Rackham, an indie author who designs all her own covers. She was thinking about branching out into cover design, and I offered myself as a guinea pig/launchpad. Secret Angels were designed by AMDesignStudios - she’s brilliant and very patient!

Q.16 How do you select the name of your characters?
The protagonists tell me who they are.

Q.17 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
With the good ones, I’m thankful people enjoy my writing. With the bad ones, I just acknowledge their opinion and move on.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
I would like the opportunity to meet Seth Lakeman. He’s a brilliant and creative musician.

Q.19 Are you excited about any new books or authors in science fiction or fantasy (or both!)? What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading Missing Lily by Annette K Larsen. She’s written some very beautiful romances, including a couple of fairytale retellings.

Q.20 Share the experience of your writing journey so far?
It’s been a winding road, and I’ve got a long way to go…but I think I’ve come to a fair distance.

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