Title: Vanilla Extract
Author: Louisa Berry
Genre: Erotic romance
Release Date: November 28th, 2017
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When recently separated Lou decided to embark on a new chapter of her life, she had no idea where this journey of self and sexual discovery would lead.
Her lustful appetite for adventure was re-awakened and with every new, tantalising, naughty meeting Lou’s confidence grew, as did her need for more.
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.?
My writing style tends to be ‘seat of the pants’ and when a chapter pops into my head, I need to take the MacBook Air out and get it written down. There’s not normally a plan. It’s more of a seed that needs planting and then it grows on screen as I get into it.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over? With Vanilla Extract I had written a number of chapters before I knew what I was going to do with them. They were all in a Word document, in no particular order, and it was some time before I was in a position to look over them all and come up with some sort of plan. I was around two thirds completed before I found my publisher and this was over a year since I started writing. It meant I had to review everything I had written to that point before I felt confident in showing it to him. Once the book was finished, I reviewed it entirely twice before sending it in as finished.
3. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
I am not part of a writers group as such, although 3P Publishing does hold events where its writers come together from time to time. It’s usually more of a social networking event but we always tend to leave with something new we hadn’t thought of before.
4. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
It’s a bit of a mixture of my own personal experiences and those I have discovered from being surrounded by people in this genre. My research has certainly been interesting and I have learned a lot!
5. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Get it written down! You can change it afterwards, but the key is getting those words on screen (or paper if that is what you prefer). Rather than say “I haven’t got time,” make time. I tend to take my iPad Mini out on long journeys and use the Notes application to jot down my stories. I can then mail it to myself to include in the overall work later.
6. What are your favorite:
Books/authors/genres I grew up on my Mum’s Stephen King hand-me-downs and I still love his work all these years later. Philip Pullman has a fantastic imagination, as does Clive Barker.
Movies/TV Shows Whilst I can read horror, I don’t tend to watch it any more. I love a good thriller or shows that make you think.
Music This is pretty eclectic from Foo Fighters to Sterephonics, Bob Marley to Queen and most things in between.
Food/Writing snack I do love my food, probably a little too much, but the gym helps out with any indulgences. I try not to snack while I’m writing. I would hate to get crumbs in my laptop as it’s so precious to me. Even my kids are not allowed to use it!
Author Bio –
Louisa lives in Hertfordshire with her four children. While not on ‘Mum-duties’ she works in high finance in London
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