The Uncompromising Lord Flint
Imprisoned by her past- Set free by her enemy!
Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?
Something a bit different on my blog today, a Q&A session with author of “The Uncompromising Lord Flint”
Q1: What inspired you to write The Uncompromising Lord Flint?
The cool, calm, collected and unflappable hero, Flint, appeared in two previous books as a side character. When it came to writing his story, I wanted to see exactly how cool and unflappable he really was. That’s why I gave him Jessamine. From the opening line to the final sentence, she drives him mad and challenges him more than anyone has ever challenged him before. And I also love and enemies to lovers story. It’s my absolute favourite trope.
Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?
From the outset, Lord Peter Flint looked exactly like Tom Hiddleston in my head. Tall, blonde and suave. Jessamine would be played by Jenna Coleman, who plays Queen Victoria in Victoria- petite, dark-haired, English-rose pretty.
Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?
Quite a few, as all writers do. I wrote my first book in the late 90s, and after being rejected, didn’t write another till 2014! The second book, I sent to around forty publishers and agents. I got six straight don’t call us, we’ll call you rejections. The rest never even bothered contacting me. That also knocked my confidence but I didn’t give up this time. I kept writing. In fact I wrote another three books which I never sent off to anyone and to this day have never been read by anyone but me. Then, in the summer of 2015, I started writing That Despicable Rogue and it felt different somehow. I sent it to only one publisher and they bought it! Fourteen books later and I am still with that same publisher.
Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?
Badly. I took the rejection personally and allowed it to doubt myself enough to give up writing for a decade!
Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?
Nora Roberts- definitely. She is an inspiration. Prolific and not afraid to try new things or write in other genres. I love everything from her romances to her crime thrillers.
Q6: What are your writing routines?
I keep to office hours because I’m a full time writer and because I’m an early bird by nature. I get the most work done between 8am and 2pm. But I also need to take regular breaks, so I’ll write for 2 hours, then take my dog Trevor for a walk, write for two more, then have lunch. I find those bursts of creativity are the best way for me to structure my day. I find the walking helps me to figure out where to go next because I am not a plotter. I see the story in my head like a film and write it as it appears. When the film slows or stops, I know its time for some fresh air and a change of scenery. I never write in the evenings and rarely at weekends because I think it’s important to recharge the batteries and a bit of distance from the story each weekend gets the juices flowing so I hit the ground running each Monday.
Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself
Don’t take criticism- constructive or otherwise- personally. If it’s constructive, it will only make your stories better, if its mean, ignore it.
Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?
Learn to take criticism, act on it and keep plodding onwards. Easy reading is hard writing. It takes dedication and a lot of work to see your story on the shelves- but when you do, it’s the best feeling in the world.
Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?
Probably still teaching teenagers history in my own quirky way
Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?
I am a history teacher by trade. I did my degree in history and even wrote a couple of history text books which are still used in British Secondary Schools.
Thank you Virgina x
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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