MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LAINY BRADSHAW♥️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Lainy Bradshaw and I generally write adult romance, at least for now.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I actually got the story idea from a headline banner on the front of a trashy ‘real-life story’ magazine.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Gosh, I never planned to write romance, if I’m honest. I wanted to write fantasy but the characters to this point have had other ideas.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Not much for the actual story, but for some of the details, like Faiths blindness and a few other pieces, I did a lot of on-line research. I have a VERY interesting search history.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I can’t write during the day, no idea why. Im an evening writer. I oprefer to get everything in my real life done and then I have a free run to write.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have several, I tend to jump between different books. If I hit a block with one, I write something else. So far I have book three of my Midnight Tigers series – Jonah. Then there is a book called Millenius, which is a bit different to my usual works and one or two others I’m working on.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Not too much. Millenius will have more names that have particular meanings.
Where do your ideas come from? Anywhere and everywhere.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I would love to write fantasy, it doesn’t come easily for me though.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I get REALLY distracted REALLY easily!!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I do use book trailers. I think a visual can be a great way to get interest and I have a fantastic production company, called Marmaduke the Spy, who produce amazing trailers.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I think producing a full-length novel is a massive accomplishment for any of us that have managed it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Meeting some lovely people and some amazingly talented authors.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would love to say I’ll be a best-seller, but who knows.
Have you always liked to write?
I have always wanted to be an author but actually starting writing seriously around four years ago.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t aspire to be a write – BE a writer!! Just write and read. You cant write if you dont read.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would love to be a photographer, if I wasn’t a writer.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read them, but i never respond. I try not to take bad ones to heart but its not easy.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I hate writing the last third of a book. No idea why.
What are you working on now? Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
This is from book one of The Midnight Tigers – Drew, which isn’t a work-in-progress but has been delisted and is getting a bit of a nip and tuck and will be re-published at some point in the new year –
Drew Fletcher kissed the woman goodbye. “I don’t know if you understand, but I have to go. I’ve been given the chance of a job, but it means moving to America. I hate to leave but it could be the answer to our prayers; to my prayers. I wish I could bring you with me, but my love, that’s impossible. I fly out on Tuesday. I’m sorry it’s come to this.” Drew kissed her again; she was sleeping. He stood and left the room without a backward glance. This was for the best. He was twenty-six years old and this was his last big chance. He had arranged his green card, booked his economy flight to Buffalo and left his old life behind.
It was a foggy morning when he arrived at Heathrow airport. He checked in and waited for the flight to be called. He sipped at the tea in a take-out cup. “I had best get used to coffee in the mornings” he thought to himself. He glanced up at the departures screen but there was still no gate number. Drew sighed and decided to have a stroll around the duty-free shops. Not that he could afford much. He hoped that he wasn’t making a big mistake. He had used all his cash to pay for the flight and necessary visas.
“I must be fucking mental” he muttered as his flight was called. He hoisted the large bag over his shoulder. He had had to buy a seat for that too because he couldn’t risk putting it in the hold and having it damaged or lost. He had sold all his others, and this was the only one he had left, he had to look after it; it was the tool of his trade after all. He walked along the white corridor leading to his seat at the rear of the jumbo jet that would take him to a new life, working with people he had never met, except one, the charismatic and extremely talented Cassio Jones. When he was led to his seat, he groaned. He knew he was in for an uncomfortable flight trying to squeeze his 6′ 4” frame into a seat designed for someone a lot smaller.
He settled down for the flight and passed the time watching the in-flight movies and flicking through the airline magazine. Looking at all the pretty things he hoped he would one day be able to afford.
Eventually, after what felt like a life-time but, was around ten and a half hours, the plane touched down much to Drew’s relief. He stood and stretched, picked up his over-sized bag and went out to see what his future held.
Drew was met as promised by Cassio and a driver at the airport. He was led out to a non-descript black car with the two men climbing into the back as the driver sped off.
“Not the most comfortable day I’ve had. Economy isn’t designed for anyone taller than 5’5” and then Drew indicated his long legs.
“I can imagine. When we make it, it’ll be first class and champagne all the way buddy”, Cassio sounded so sure that Drew found himself nodding in agreement. In truth, he was starting to wonder what the hell he had done. But there was no turning back now, at least not yet. He hadn’t gotten the money for a return flight.
“So, I brought the contract along. Saves time, we’re on the way to the labels office. The others have already signed.”
“OK, this contract, it’s the same one I read in London?”
“Yeah. Here, have a read.” Cass passed a document over, along with a pen. Drew read through, nodding occasionally, before laying the paper on his knee and scribbling a signature.
“Welcome to the band man!” Cass held his hand out to shake Drew’s.
“Thanks” Drew heard the hesitation in his own voice. Luckily Cassio either never noticed it or chose not to mention it.
That was seven years ago.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them? Where did your love of books come from?
I read ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when I was around six and I was hooked from there. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I adore Terry Pratchett and Bill Bryson.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Now, thats a hard one! Its like picked a favourite child!!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A bit of both. The physical act of writing can be knackering, but that may be because I write at night? However, I do get a rush of energy when I’m on a roll and thing are flowing.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to find a balance, something familiar but putting a twist or a ‘gasp out loud’ moment.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have to say that I know a LOAD and they are all amazing but I have to single out a few, some of who(sorry Alana) will blush scarlet. So, Alana Greig, Phil Price, Zizi Cole are probably three that stand out, simply because they are uber supportive and will pick me up when I’m down(which is quite often)
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/lainybradshaw
Twitter – @lainybradshaw
Instagram – @writerlainy
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤