Grace Lowrie has always been creative and has worked as a collage-artist, sculptor, prop-maker and garden designer over the years. In March 2015 Accent Press published her debut romance novel, Kindred Hearts. Spurred on by this success and a lifelong passion for reading, she continues to write novels from her Hertfordshire home, surrounded by her family.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I have always loved escaping into books and I used to write poems and short stories as a child, but it was years before I summoned up enough courage to attempt my own novel. I recently moved house to be closer to my sister and her family and it seemed a perfect opportunity to start something new. I finally sat down and wrote the outline for Kindred Hearts on New Year’s Day, because I had the twins, Sebastian and Celeste, living in my head and it was a choice between going mad or putting pen to paper. I honestly felt compelled to write their story.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I like to start at 7am, or earlier if I can manage it, and sit at my desk with a bowl of cereal and a notebook containing any thoughts or ideas I’ve scribbled down overnight. Usually these notes are enough to get me diving straight back into whichever story I’m working on, and I can type away for hours (or even days if I’m lucky) at a time. I try to take regular breaks for coffee, food and walks, and to check in with Facebook Twitter and Pinterest. The tricky thing is not getting sidetracked. I could easily while away precious writing time just browsing.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Thankfully I don’t get stuck often, but when I do I listen to music or browse inspiring images, or simply move on to a different part of the story and return to the problem later with fresh eyes.
4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? A bit of both I think. I begin by sketching out character profiles and a rough plot with a beginning, middle and end. From there I flesh out the middle with as much drama and tension as my characters will allow and then sprinkle my plan with ideas on the imagery, themes and general atmosphere. Plan achieved, I blast my way through a first draft and allow my characters to lead the way, introducing twists and turns that I could never have dreamt up alone.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published, and what was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? I was lucky enough to be introduced to my publisher by my great friend and fellow author, Alice Raine. If Accent Press had not offered me a contract I would have tried the self-publishing route, in the hope of finding a publisher one day. It is great having that kind of support, especially when you are first starting out. I would advise aspiring writers to write what you enjoy, keep writing, and never give up.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Reading reviews from readers who have genuinely enjoyed my book.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. Kindred Hearts is a contemporary, erotic romance in which a young woman, Tasha Graham, is seduced by the enigmatic twins from her childhood; Sebastian and Celeste Walker. It is set in glamorous and exciting parts of London but deals with love, loss and loneliness as much as lust.
Here is a brief excerpt:
“For as long as I’d known Sebastian, there had always been a part of him that was content to watch from the shadows while his twin danced in the limelight. And as mysterious and sexy as it was, I couldn’t help worrying that there was something wrong – that he might be unhappy underneath it all”.
8.What audience is your book targeted for, and what genre does it come under? Kindred Hearts is a contemporary, erotic romance and as such will predominantly appeal to women aged eighteen and over.
9.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I help my sister with her business (Moonbump.com); spend time with my nephew, garden, travel, read books, bake cakes and visit friends and family as much as possible.
10.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) I would say: try to support and help others as much as possible rather than just pushing your own book. It makes for a much nicer experience all round.
11.How much of your books are realistic / based on true experiences / people? The vast majority of my writing is fictional. I occasionally like to use real settings, locations, experiences and character traits, but I often subvert these to suit my own purposes. It’s one of the joys of being a fictional novelist.
Kindred Hearts: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00SMRLCA0