As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I’m part of the recently-released Brit Boys: On Boys M/M erotic romance boxed set. Myself and the other authors went on blog tour with the collection this month, and we all answered ten questions. I’ve compiled all the questions and my answers here so you can get all the details on my story in the collection – Love on Location. Here goes:
What inspired your story?
It was nothing specific, really. The brief we’d agreed on for the collection was that it was to be oh-so-very British. I let my mind wander and it decided it wanted to do a story based in a rural location. The Peak District, in Derbyshire, is one of my very favourite places. I thought it’d be great to have an actor go and film on location and meet someone locally… things developed very quickly from there.
A lot of British authors set their books in the US, are your books normally set in the UK and does it make a difference to your style of writing?
The vast majority of my stories are based in the UK, purely because it’s the place I know best. Some of my much shorter works could, in theory, be based anywhere. But because I live in the UK and I’m British, I know I can write a more realistic story with realistic characters by using the Brit angle. I have written stories based elsewhere, including Paris, Rome, New York and California, to name but a few. The latter two in particular took a lot of research as I’ve never been to those places, and some of the characters involved were American. We may technically speak the same language, but there are so many nuances between British and American English that you just don’t realise until you’re trying to write it down!
Where are you from in the UK and does this influence your writing?
I’m from south Derbyshire, in England. Pretty much right in the middle of the country. In fact I’m just a few miles from the village which is officially the furthest from the sea in England. It doesn’t consciously influence my writing, I don’t think, because I write stories set all over the UK, depending on my inspiration. Some of my much shorter works could, in theory, be set anywhere. But I guess, because I don’t spend much time by the sea, that more of my stories are set inland. I have a particular fondness for stately homes and the British countryside, which I think is clear in my work, especially my novella in this collection!
What is it about British guys that non-Brits seem to love?
I think the accent is one, and I totally get that. I’m a sucker for certain British accents myself—I love a posh British accent (like Theo from Love on Location), also I also like northern English accents (like Eddie from Love on Location). I think maybe part of it is the country British guys come from, too—it’s got stunning countryside, a varied and amazing history, intriguing places, plenty of mystery… and who doesn’t love a guy with a bit of mystery? ;)
How is the process of writing a short story different to writing a full length novel?
I started out in short stories, and it took me a long time to progress because I was frightened. Frightened of getting it wrong, of not being able to finish it, of not being able to think of a storyline big enough to develop into a full length novel. I took a baby step and wrote a novella first, and that was only because one of my publishers asked me and I didn’t want to say no. When I agreed I immediately panicked. But I sat down and figured it out, wrote a plan and eventually achieved my goal. From there I wrote a few more novellas. Having proved to myself I could do it, I decided it was then time to bite the bullet and write a full length novel. It took lots of research and lots of planning, but I found once I’d started, it became quite addictive, especially when the word count started racking up.
For me, a short story is something I can just sit down and write and see what happens. Whereas a novel needs serious thought to make sure there really is enough there to sustain the word count, keep it interesting and also satisfying for the reader.
What British tradition do you think the rest of the world should know about?
I think everyone knows about the best one, don’t they? Drinking lots of tea!
I know we have tons of traditions and some of them are very specific to certain areas. Some of them don’t even make sense to other Brits—like rolling cheese down hills and morris dancing. I love our quirks and eccentricities—and that’s why I love the premise of this book. It’s thoroughly British and will hopefully teach the world some more British slang!
When writing a book set in the UK, do you use slang or do you tend to stick to the more well known words to describe things?
I don’t deliberately use slang. I tend to write the way I speak, so yes, my writing is probably packed full of slang, even more than I realise, no doubt. To me, this is much more authentic—this is the way Brits speak and think, so I’m always really reluctant to change out slang words and phrases if I think a reader won’t get it. I do an awful lot of reading myself, and if I read a word or phrase from a non-Brit author’s work that I don’t understand, if I can’t work it out from the context, I’ll just Google it. I’d much rather learn the word so I know what it means for future reference—and I’d never complain. This is the author’s way of writing, and why should they change it just in case?
What famous Brit past or present would you like to spend a day with and why?
At the moment, it would have to be Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s my current favourite obsession—hence the fact the main character in Love on Location, Theo Samuels, looks incredibly like him. Benedict keeps invading my dreams, and we keep going off and solving crimes together (no, this is not a joke), so I’d like to meet him and ask him why he’s visiting me in slumber. And then I’d snog his face off. He’s on my “allowed” list so my other half wouldn’t mind. As for his other half… well, she’d have to catch me, first ;)
What’s the one place you would recommend to people coming to visit the UK?
Wow, just one? I’m really not sure I could choose just a single place. There are so many incredible places to go—and I haven’t even managed to visit them all myself, yet! I think I’m going to cheat and suggest the Peak District—it’s a huge area to cover, but there are so many amazing sights within the area that lovers of the countryside won’t want to miss out.
How is writing m/m fiction different to writing m/f?
It’s not hugely different, I don’t think. People fall in love just the same, regardless of genre. The things to keep in mind, though, are that men and women speak differently, so I have to remain conscious of that all the time, and I often get feedback from beta readers to “man up” my speech a bit. Also, when it’s m/f, you can just say he and she, and not have to mention names all the time. But to keep saying he did this, he did that, you have to really make sure it’s clear to the reader who’s doing what—especially when it comes to sex scenes! But it’s worth it… two guys together is hot! ;)
I hope you enjoyed learning more about me, the novella and the collection. If you want to check it out, be sure and buy your copy by the end of January – the special introductory price of $0.99/99p ends on the 31st! And tell your friends ;)
Grab your copy here: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/brit-boys-on-boys/
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9