Confession time: I am a total Lindsay J. Pryor fangirl! I am also lucky enough to say Lindsay is a friend, which means I get to ask her all sorts of things about the Blackthorn series. Yep, I am a lucky girl. Today she stopped by for a quick Q&A. If you have not already read her books, what are you waiting for? She will make you want to get bitten.
What does your writing day look like?
It depends on what my priorities are, but if it’s a pure writing day i.e. no social media, interviews etc, I start working through scenes as soon as I wake up. I start writing at around 9 a.m. and work for about 4 hours. I try to remember lunch. I usually work for another 4-6 hours after that. Sometimes I write late into the evening if I’m really locked into a scene. Needless to say, I have an extremely tolerant husband.
What is the most you have written in a day?
About 15k, I think. Actually, it might be more than that thinking back. I’ve had some fairly obsessive writing days over the years – especially during the school holidays. When I’m immersed in a story, I just keep going. It’s a very bad habit.
Do you listen to music when you write?
I use music to think things through or during the editing process to help with the mood and tone. I find it really hard not to home in on lyrics (or stop for drum solos), so tend to work in silence for first drafts.
Who gets to read your work before it is published?
My publisher and editor. New Voices competition taken out of the equation, I’d always been a solitary writer before being published. Now with Blood Torn (book 3), it’s the first time I’ve had an opportunity to work with an editor from the outset. I did wonder how I’d cope. Although I always have an outline, I develop a book on constant backward loops as I write which can make explaining things as I go along quite challenging – especially as my characters like their curveballs. I have a fantastic editor though who is totally on the ball, and an awesome publisher who has a lot of faith in me.
All that aside, I met an amazing writer through New Voices called Amity Grays. After she put out a call for someone to read her work, I responded and we soon became very close friends. When I was preparing to sub Blood Shadows and Blood Roses last year, she offered to read the opening chapters for me. I was extremely nervous but I’m now so thankful I’d said yes because she picked up on several bad habits that I was quickly able to redeem. I owe her a lot.
Describe your heroine in five words.
Caitlin (Blood Shadows): Tenacious, brave, independent, determined and lonely.
Leila (Blood Roses): Tolerant, dedicated, intuitive, loyal and resilient.
Sophia (Blood Torn): Impulsive, vulnerable, passionate, feisty and headstrong.
In what way is she most like you?
Hmm. Having re-read the list, I’ve got elements of all three. Saying that, I also share one or two definite traits with my heroes.
In what way is she different?
The way my heroines react to things in my stories is often unlike how I would. The stories would have turned out very differently if I’d been the leading lady.
Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting.
I’ve been researching vampires and other aspects of the paranormal for over twenty years. I’ve always had a fascination with the mystical – I blame my Sunday School upbringing. When you grow up believing anything is possible, it’s extremely easy to slip into my kind of genre. Various elements of my research and how it forms the backbone to my series is on my blog.
If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?
This is always a tough question because I have such a clear picture of my characters, and I never have anyone ‘real’ in mind when I start writing (I’d find that a bit peculiar and it would put me off). Bookouture did a freakily fantastic job finding my characters for my book covers and Bites. To help out the cover designer, I put some possibilities on my Pinterest boards if you want to take a look.
What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.
Ah, life’s too short to be concerned about calories. I have a passion for Italian food. And anything with garlic in it. And chocolate. Make that lots of chocolate – enough to constitute a meal, of course.
What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?
It’s always the little things that count. I’m fortunate that my husband has sustained his romantic streak for almost 18 years of us being together. This year he’s organised for us to go to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall to see the stage production of Wuthering Heights for our anniversary. It’s a stunning outdoor theatre set in the cliff side and overlooks the sea. It’s my favourite novel and I’ve never seen it performed live, so cannot wait.
What would a perfect day for you look like?
Wow, the scope! I’m not even sure where to begin. It would involve my husband, a chance to write, good food, a late morning and an even later night, and lots of peace and quiet.
What accent do you find the sexiest?
Irish. Southern Irish is beautiful.
Who is your celebrity crush?
I’ve swooned over Aidan Turner from Being Human (UK) ever since I first saw him on screen. I don’t know anything about the actor so it’s more a Mitchell (his character) obsession, I guess. He’s one of those people who you can glance at and shrug – but then he opens his mouth and moves, and it’s mesmerizing.
Name the sexiest redheaded man.
That’s very specific! Robert Kazinsky when he played Sean Slater in Eastenders. I’ve only just found out he’s now in True Blood. Shame I gave up on the series.