Blog Tour #Interview, Feature and #Giveaway – In Darkest Peru Louise Lyons


Shy and geeky Rhys White, has recently been ditched by his boyfriend of five years. On top of that he’s been made redundant from his job as a computer programmer.

Tired of being boring and unadventurous, he throws caution to the winds and buys a plane ticket to Peru.

Rhys’ adventure in Peru starts out well, but then disaster strikes. All of his belongings are stolen. Everything is gone—passport, wallet, phone, clothing, the lot.

Stranded in Cuzco, not too far from the famous Machu Picchu, Rhys tries to find someone to help him. He’s about to give up, when a sexy Brazilian named Rafael, comes to his rescue…

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Interview with Louise Lyons

What do you love most about writing and what do you dislike the most?

I love getting right into the heads of my characters and writing their thoughts and feelings. I prefer to write in the first person and feel that my work flows much better that way. I enjoy losing myself in the character I’m writing, and thinking and speaking as he would.

There’s not a great deal I dislike. The last few paragraphs of a story are always something I struggle with – wrapping it up doesn’t come easily to me. I often struggle with titles too. Occasionally the perfect title will pop into my head, but more often I have to note down several options and sound out friends for help.

What is harder, getting the story finished, or everything that comes after it?

Definitely everything that comes after it. I’ve never been particularly outgoing and sociable, so keeping up with the social media side and hosting promo events and so on, is a step outside my comfort zone. It is getting easier though and despite being a loner, I’ve enjoyed making some great friends through my interactions in the efforts to promote myself.

If you could write anywhere, where would that place be and what would it look like?

I’d love to own a house again and be able to write full time. In an ideal world I’d have a large gardenwith trees and I’d set up a portable desk under one of them for writing in good weather, so I could be out in the fresh air, surrounded by nature and my dog. And I’d have a large conservatory for bad weather so I could still feel like I was almost outside while I was working.IndarkestPeru-WAYWARDINKPUBLISHING-smallpreview

What about gay romance attracts you the most?

My first introduction to it was a friend showing me the movie, My Beautiful Laundrette. I was about sixteen and not long after I began writing my first gay romances, mostly based around my favourite rock stars at the time. I found two men kissing and touching much more exciting than a man kissing a woman and the more I read and watched of others’ work, the more I realised this was a genre I really wanted to explore further. In addition, I find it easier to identify with male characters so having two of them to play with makes writing more enjoyable for me. I’ve been hooked for almost thirty years.

How many hours a day do you spend writing and how many promoting your work?

My best writing time is early in the morning, so on work days I write for around 90 minutes between 5.30 and 7am. On weekends I start around 6am and write until 9am. The maximum writing time is about 4 hours.

For promotion, less than I’d like, but I’m building on it. With a full time job, long distance running training and pets to deal with as well, I can only find about an hour a day at the moment, usually in the evenings.

Where do you find inspiration?

All over the place! For instance, my first novel, Conflicted, was inspired by the car events I regularly go to, which include exhibiting cars and drag racing. I’m a real enthusiast and do my own car maintenance as well putting it on display, so I could easily get into the heads of my characters for that.

Others have come from past experiences, or things that people might have done or said which sparked an idea in me. My newest contract for a novel called Beautiful Thunder, is set in the 1990s about a rock band in Nottingham, UK, a city and a particular night club I spent a lot of time in during those few years.

How much of a researcher are you and how often does that lead to procrastination?

I’m not much of a procrastinator. I decide what I’m doing and get down and write. Research depends on the subject matter. For instance, I’ve written a novel about escape from an abusive relationship, which didn’t require researching because it was based on my own experiences, right down to the destination my character initially ran away to, his love of his car and his new relationship which began in the same way my own did.

If it’s possible, I like to visit the destination where my story is set, or try out whatever it is the characters enjoy so I can get more of a feel for their life. Some are more difficult than others, though.

My current sci-fi romance is involving more research. It’s not a genre I’ve tackled before and although I’d read what I could, I didn’t feel it was enough. I had a beta reader check over my first few chapters and it turned out there were some holes, so I’ve done a lot more reading since. A lot of the things required for this are only what other people have penned though, as the story is set in a fictitious universe, 400 years in the future!

What’s the biggest misconception non-writers have about writers and writing?

Probably that it’s not “proper” work and is easy. I know some people who think writing is a hobby for those who don’t want or need to have a proper job. It might be a pleasurable occupation, but at times it’s not an easy one and it comes with just as many frustrations as anything else. I’d like to see those people sit down in front of a computer and create something credible from their imaginations. They might not think of it as playing then.

About the author

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the Church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered Fan Fiction in her late twenties.

Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

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