Interview with Lucy Felthouse
Today I am thrilled to welcome the multi-talented Lucy Felthouse to my blog page. Not only does Lucy write, she is also the owner of the amazing website Erotica For All, a PR whizz, and designs fabulous websites (Umm- like this one!!).
The timing of this interview has been carefully chosen to co-inside with the release of the latest review of Lucy’s latest anthology ‘Seducing the Myth,’ which I had the pleasure of writing myself, and appears today on Oysters and Chocolate.
So, let’s get the questions rolling-
As well as writing countless short stories, you have edited 2 excellent anthologies, the much applauded Uniform Behaviour, and now the myths and legends collection, Seducing the Myth– why these topics in particular?
The topic for Uniform Behaviour was a no-brainer for me. I’m a total sucker for a man in uniform and I know many others are too, so I thought an anthology celebrating this would be a great idea. I didn’t want to narrow it down to just men in uniform, though, and I’m delighted that the anthology has both men and women in uniform, as well as a variety of uniforms. Also, I liked the idea of tying an anthology in with a charity, and with uniforms, tying it into the UK charity Help for Heroes was an obvious choice for me.
Seducing the Myth wasn’t such an obvious choice of topic for me. After Uniform Behaviour I wasn’t sure what topic to go for next. So I asked my favourite hivemind – Twitter. The ‘Tweeps’ came up with some fabulous suggestions, which I then put to the vote on my website. I don’t remember who made the mythology suggestion, but needless to say it got the most votes – and the rest is history! Luckily I’m a bit of a local history buff and a story idea sprang to mind early on so I didn’t stress too much.
Do you have a favourite myth or legend?
To be brutally honest, I don’t think I know enough about myths and legends as a whole to answer that question. It’s a case of ‘so many stories, so little time,’ so I don’t know enough tales in depth to pick a favourite. Though as I’ve mentioned, I like local history and legends and so I’d probably choose that area – mainly because I can actually go and see the places where the various events allegedly took place. Even if you don’t believe in the legends, you can usually see at least why they’re in existence!
Such a cruel, cruel question! I read and loved each and every one of these stories, which is why they’re in the books! If I had to choose, though, from Uniform Behaviour I’d choose Justine Elyot’s Guard Mounting because thanks to Ms. Elyot I can now go nowhere near Buckingham Palace without getting a big grin on my face. From Seducing the Myth I’d choose Rebecca Bond’s The Dark Night Rusalka because it’s such a fascinating legend to start with and it’s a very poignant and sad tale, but also crammed with lots of delicious naughtiness!
As well as your anthologies, you have an amazing array of short stories on sale. Can you give us a few titles?
Weekend at Wilderhope Manor and Love Through Time are my most recently released pieces. Weekend at Wilderhope Manor (Summerhouse Publishing) is a lesbian erotic ghost story, I guess (though none of the ghosts are the ones having sex)! It has a Halloween theme and was superb fun to write. Love Through Time (Noble Romance) seems to straddle several genres – it’s a contemporary romantic erotic paranormal story with historical elements thrown in, how confusing is that?! Again, it was great fun to write and is probably one of the most complex tales I’ve penned to date. I just hope people enjoy it!
More information on my releases is on the ‘Writing’ page of my website, http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk.
Alongside your writing, you run a Writer Marketing and Web Design company. What made you decide to take the leap into the murky waters of public relations?
I didn’t decide – it was thrust at me! I studied Creative Writing at University because I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as a career, so I figured I’d go and study something I knew I’d enjoy. I graduated, and still had no clue what I wanted to do. Then a job came up in the local paper for a PR & Marketing Executive. I didn’t really know what it meant but they were looking for someone with creative writing skills. I applied and got the job! I learned everything I know about PR & Marketing from scratch and quickly discovered that I loved it.
The longer I was in the job, I realised that I could combine my skills and knowledge of writing and PR & Marketing and start my own business. So many writers just love to write, and hate the promotional side of things. Luckily for me, I adore both so it seemed like a logical step to take. I started up Writer Marketing Services (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk) earlier this year and have never looked back!
Future plans? Another anthology on the way? Spill the beans!
At time of writing I have a few more new releases coming between now and the end of the year, and I’m still writing lots, and moving into longer pieces which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. As for anthologies, there are no definite plans in the pipelines but I have been discussing some possible projects with a person who shall remain unnamed. So watch this space!
Thanks again to Lucy for taking the time to come and visit my blog today. All her books/e-books are available on Amazon and all other good retailers.
Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.