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I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
As a child I would regularly make up stories in my head, then come home from school and spend weeks in a make-believe world as a princess, wearing my mother’s old ball-gowns. Seriously sad I know, but it was a natural progression for me to become an actress. At 22, I became really ill with glandular fever. To wile away the boredom of being in bed, I wrote my first novel and to my complete surprise, was offered a big three book deal! I wrote seven more novels under the name ‘Lucinda Edmonds’ and they did very well. But by then I was writing a book and having a baby a year and something had to go. So I concentrated on being a Mum for six years. Then, seven years ago, when my youngest had started school, I wanted to write again and so came up with ‘Hothouse Flower’. Ten books later, I am celebrating selling over10 million copies worldwide and they’re translated into over 30 languages.
Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
When I began in my 20s, the publishing industry was very different, and I was very grateful to receive a three-book-deal so quickly. When I returned to writing years later, after my youngest child had started school, I submitted under my name Lucinda Riley, rather than Lucinda Edmonds. I didn’t have any expectations, as I’d already had the experience of how one moment you’re up and then you’re down. No one was more surprised than me when the book took off.
Could you describe literature in three words?
Imagination. Inspiration. Life.
Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I read anything and everything, across all genres and authors. The only thing that limits my reading is time — sadly, there are only so many books we can read in our lifetimes.
What’s your favorite book?
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
From The Great Gatsby, ’So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’
EBooks or paper print?
Both. There is something so very special and visceral about holding a printed book in your hands, but I cannot deny the ease and convenience of ebooks and having an entire library in your pocket.
What inspires you?
Travelling and discovering new and wonderful places. When a certain location sparks that flame of inspiration inside me, a story begins to form in my imagination.
Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
The characters in The Great Gatsby, especially Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.
I love the era of the 1920s, and it would be such fun to immerse myself in the decadent and mysterious world that Fitzgerald has created.
What’s your worst nightmare?
Something awful happening to one of my children.
The best decision of your life was?
Deciding to write what I wanted to, rather than being swayed by the kind of stories that are popular at the time.
I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
I have just completed the fifth book in the Seven Sisters series, ‘The Moon Sister’, which is all about Tiggy, the most spiritual of all her sisters, who lives in the Highlands of Scotland, taking care of animals. Her journey to find her past leads her to Granada, Spain and to the sacred caves of Sacromonte where the mountains echo with the beat of flamenco.
‘The Moon Sister’ will be available in the UK & Commonwealth, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Brazil this November, and soon after in the rest of the world.