Sunday, July 15, 2018

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: If You Love Me, I'm Yours by Lizzie Chantree @rararesources

Book info:
TitleIf You Love Me, I'm Yours
Author:  Lizzie Chantree
Genre:  Adult contemporary romance,
Release Date:  July 9th, 2018
Publisher:  Crooked Cat Books

If you love me, I’m yours.

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down. 

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

Author Interview:
1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.? 

Hi Lisa. I have an idea of the complete story before I begin. Then I start writing. After a few pages, I take a step back and roughly outline the chapters. After that, I just sit down and write. It’s very exciting as I feel like I’m reading the story as I’m writing it. I always write my books by hand in A4 green writing books and then type them onto my computer. It is a bit laborious, but I really enjoy the creativity of putting pen to paper.

2. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?

I’m not part of a local writer’s group, but I am a member of a book club called RRBC which is full of authors and readers who are really supportive. I’m also a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. There are so many wonderful writers there and they are always open to helping other authors.

3.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

I have been running my own businesses from the age of 17, so I use my experience from that. All of my books are about women who run very unusual businesses. They are about women who sometimes lack self-confidence, but learn more about themselves as the story unfolds. Sometimes I will be drinking coffee in a café (this happens a lot and usually involves cake) and I will see someone walking down a street and it inspires a story though!

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

Don’t give up! You can’t edit a blank page. Get those words onto paper and be kind to yourself. Marketing is not as scary as it first seems. It can be enjoyable if you let it. Also, take time on your author branding. Make sure that your message is the same across all of your marketing platforms, so that readers can identify with your style of writing.

5.  What are your favorite:

Books/authors/genres : Book: The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien.   Authors: Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell.  Genres: Romance.

Movies/TV Shows : Movies: Marvel. RomCom.   TV shows: I adore reality T.V! Don’t tell my husband J

Music: I really enjoy soul music and jazz, but also like current pop music.

Food/Writing snack: Fajitas.  Cake!

Author Bio

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. 

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Giveaway – 

Win signed copies of If You Love Me,  I’m Yours and Ninja School Mum (Open Internationally)

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