Originally from Lyon in France, Marie Laval studied History and Law at university there and developed a passionate interest in historical research and the study of ancient civilizations. The beauty and mysteries of the Sahara desert always fascinated her and provide the background for THE LION’S EMBRACE, a story of adventure and romance set in 1840s Algeria and England. Marie Laval now lives in Northern England with her family. THE LION’S EMBRACE is Marie Laval’s second novel.
1. What got you into writing? My love of reading, especially romance and poetry.
2. What is a usual writing day like for you? I wish I had real writing days…I work as a modern foreign languages teacher and during the week I don’t start writing until quite late in the evening after I come back from work, take care of the children and plan my lessons. By the time I actually start writing, I am often so tired I fall asleep at the keyboard! I love the school holidays when I can write from 7am until night time!
3. Do you get writers’ block? If so, how do you overcome it? When I was writing my latest historical romance, I experienced a very annoying writers block for the first time, but that was because I hadn’t planned my story enough and found myself in a sticky situation! Scribbling ideas, words, bits of dialogue on a notebook actually helps me figure out what to do when I get stuck. Going out for a walk on my own helps too.
4. Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? I am a total pantser – hence the sticky situation I found myself in recently. I tend to go with the flow and let the characters take over which means I often have to backtrack because I have reached a dead end.
5. What was the publishing process like for you,& any advice to aspiring authors?
I would only have one piece of advice: keep writing and keep submitting. It’s hard and disheartening to receive rejection letters, but if you give up then you give up your dream too. I had a fair few rejections but I will never forget the joy I felt when my first story was accepted for publication. It was a wonderful moment.
6. What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?
The best part of being a published author for me has to be receiving readers’ comments. It’s wonderful to hear that readers enjoyed my stories. The second best thing was to meet up, in the flesh or in cyberspace, so many friendly and supportive fellow writers. I attended the RNA conference in Sheffield last July and it was a fantastic experience. I can’t wait for the next conference in Telford in July.
7. Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. I have published two historical romances so far, both ebooks by MuseitUp Publishing. My debut novel, ANGEL HEART, is mostly set in France in 1815 and is a blend of romance, adventure, political intrigue and a hint of paranormal. My second novel is called THE LION’S EMBRACE and is set in North Africa in 1845. Here is the blurb. Arrogant, selfish and dangerous, Lucas Saintclair is everything Harriet Montague dislikes in a man. He is also the best guide in the whole of the Barbary States, the only man who can rescue her archaeologist father from the gang of Tuareg fighters that has kidnapped him. As Harriet embarks on a perilous journey across Algeria with Saintclair and Archibald Drake, her father’s most trusted friend, she discovers a bewitching but brutal land where nothing is what it seems. Who are these men intent on stealing her father’s ransom? What was her father hoping to find in Tuareg queen Tin Hinan’s tomb? Is Lucas Saintclair really as callous as he claims—or is he a man haunted by a past he cannot forgive? Dangerous passions engulf Harriet’s heart in the heat of the Sahara. Secrets of lost treasures, rebel fighters, and a sinister criminal brotherhood threaten her life and the life of the man she loves.Does forever lie in the lion’s embrace? I have just signed a publishing contract with Áccent Press for a contemporary romantic suspense set in Provence and I have submitted another historical romance, this time set in the far North of Scotland, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for that. I have a few projects after that and can’t wait to get started!
8. Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?
I don’t really have much spare time but I do read a lot and I love going for walks either on my own or with my children in the lovely, but often very muddy and very wet, Lancashire countryside where I live.
9. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why?
This is a very tricky question and one I cannot answer. There are so many different lives I would love to experience, I think that’s why I love writing so much. It enables me to pretend I am someone else for a few months…
10. Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers?
Only that I am always very grateful and delighted to hear that readers like my stories.
THE LION’S EMBRACE is Marie Laval’s second novel.It is available fromhttps://museituppublishing.com/
You can find Marie at http://marielaval.blogspot.co.uk/