Lorna Peel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Only You.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Cover artist: Suzannah Safi
Length: 52,000 words
Heat rating: Sweet Romance
Tagline: Only You follows divorced thirty-something, Jane
Hollinger, as she is shoved back into the dating world by family and friends,
and discovers that her fantasy love is more attainable than she ever imagined.
Blurb: Jane Hollinger is single, divorced, and the wrong
side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back
into London’s
dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life as a genealogy teacher.
Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome,
charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself
it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she
realizes he’s interested in more than her genealogical expertise. Now the
paparazzi want a piece of Jane too.
Can Jane handle living — and loving — in the spotlight?
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Jane Hollinger, aged 31, genealogy teacher
Robert Armstrong, aged 38, actor

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I’ve always had quite an lively imagination. When I was
little I made up stories in my head for my dolls to act out. I’ve been writing
those stories down since I was nineteen.I had a contemporary short story
published in Woman’s Way (an Irish women’s magazine) back in 1996. A scan of it
is now up on my Facebook Page and blog. I was doing a writing course at the
time and had to submit a number of short stories to magazines and I was lucky
enough to get one published. The course was interesting but it made me realize
that I prefer to write longer prose and I decided to try and see if I could get
a novel published.
What websites do you visit daily?
My website and blog, Facebook, Twitter, and various news
websites as I’m a bit of a news junkie!
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Being able to create new characters and the worlds they
inhabit. And then being able to play God with them! *evil laugh*
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Try and write something every day, even if it’s only random
notes or bits of dialogue in a notebook.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
As a new author, I haven’t really encountered author stress
yet, but I’d try and cope by taking regular breaks.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
Historical novels, crime novels, and historical crime
novels, like the Matthew Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only
one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview.
What will you take with you and where will you go?
Either Canada
or Australia.
I have relatives in both countries and I’d love to visit some day, so I’d have
to buy summer clothes for Australia
(I live in Ireland and we
don’t get summers anymore!) and summer/winter clothes for Canada, depending on the time of
year.
What good book have you read recently?
Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman and The Secrets of Pain by
Phil Rickman.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
If I’m not writing or surfing the internet, and if it
happens to be dry outside, then go for a long walk.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Purple – I love it, it is such a vibrant colour.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and
relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation,
because I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

Lorna Peel
I love pizza with vegan cheese. Well, I don’t actually
love it, and I’m not a vegan either, but I can’t eat ordinary cheese so I make
do with the vegan stuff. It’s a bit like old window putty as it doesn’t melt
properly so it just looks like an orange blob but I can’t imagine pizza without
some kind of cheese on it!
I’m always ready for another mug of coffee!
When I’m alone, I either write, or plot, or both!
You’d never be able to tell, but I have a torn medial
ligament in my right knee. It flares up from time to time if I do too much
walking.
If I had a halo it would be a bit wonky! I played an angel
in a Nativity Play when I was small, but that was the end of my association
with angels!
If I could find the time I’d buy a camper van and
explore more of Ireland and
the UK.
I can never have too many books because I’m a bit
of a book hoarder!

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