Monday, 1 August 2016

Blog Tour: The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club | Lynsey James

Hello folks, today is a fab day not only because it is the release day of 'The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club' by the super lovely Lynsey James, but as one of the starting stops on her blog tour I am lucky enough to have the talented author back on my blog for a super fun and interesting interview. So what are you waiting for? Make yourself a brew, get comfy and read on.
Hello Lynsey, I’m so happy your back on my blog. So tell me what’s happened since we last spoke? You had a 2 book contract last time, but now your 3rd book is about to come out. It sounds like lots has happened?
Thanks for having me Daniel! A lot has happened since I got my first deal. I was lucky enough to get a second one, which gave me the opportunity to expand on The Broken Hearts Book Club and tell more stories in Luna Bay. There will be two more books in the series, a summer one and a Christmas one.
How are things going with your amazing publishers Carina? Are you still loving working with them?

I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to work with the team at Carina. It’s great having an editor to bounce ideas off and to help expand your existing ones. And the covers are lovely too!

Has your writing process changed at all since before you got published? Any new rituals or must haves while you’re setting fire to your keyboard with your speedy typing?

A few things have changed: I write a lot quicker for one! I spent eighteen months writing early drafts of my first book, but the book world is much more fast-paced. I’m still a pantster though and prefer to let the story unfold as I write. As for must haves, I really don’t think you can go wrong with tea and cake…

So what have your learned about the publishing process since you became a published writer? Anything that has surprised you?

It’s a real learning process and I’ve definitely picked up a lot since I became published, particularly the value of a good editor. The main thing that’s surprised me is how little time it takes from an idea to become a fully-fledged book! It feels like one minute you come up with a book idea and the next it’s out there!

How much of your time do you spend doing marketing and promotion?

I try to give a fair amount of time to marketing and promoting, which can sometimes be hard when you’re crazy busy with writing a book! I find scheduling tweets when I’m busy to be really helpful though.

How important is it to interact with your readers?

For me, it’s really important. If someone’s taken the time to tell me how much they’ve enjoyed my book, I’ll always answer to at least say thank you. It’s definitely one of the highlights of being an author.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the Luna Bay Christmas book, The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime. It’ll be out in November!

Thank you so much for answering my questions Lynsey, it’s been lovely having you back on my website.

Blurb:  The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park

Emily Reed is having a bad day. Devastated at losing her hard-earned promotion to the ditz who’s sleeping with the boss, her mother drops a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father.

Now Emily needs answers and a month in Luna Bay should give her the time she needs to find her father, and land the difficult client at the Sunflower Cottage B&B which should put her back in the running for her coveted promotion.

Setting up the Sunflower Cottage breakfast club should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is! The only problem is that brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.

Finding out the truth was never going to be simple, but she never thought her heart would get in the way…


About Lynsey James
Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…