Sunday, June 12, 2016

#MMBBR Blog Tour Host: @HarlequinBooks Q&A w/ @lynne__graham – Bought for the Greek’s Revenge

Bedded for the Greek's pleasure! 
Ella Palmer has neither the money nor the connections to warrant the interest of Nikolai Drakos's archenemy. Yet the unassuming beauty has done just that—and claiming her will be Nikolai's ultimate satisfaction! 
The ruthless tycoon will use any means necessary to ensure Ella's compliance, so he buys out her family's debts. Debts he'll forgive if Ella becomes his mistress. But when he discovers the true extent of her innocence, Nikolai is forced to consider something new; it appears the indomitable Greek is about to take a bride! 
Congratulations, Lynne Graham, on OVER 35 MILLION copies sold worldwide with Harlequin®!


About Lynne

My first book was published in 1987. Today I am the bestselling Mills and Boon Presents author with sales thirty five million books worldwide.
I’m Irish. I’m a Leo born July 30. I learnt to read at the age of 3, haven’t stopped since then. I hated school, enjoyed university. I first met my husband when I was 14 but we had a rocky path to the altar. I wrote my first romance at 15 but couldn’t find a buyer! I have five children, one natural, four adopted from Sri Lanka and Guatemala. I live in the country and have five acres of wild woodland garden.
My favourite colour is green. I’m addicted to kids, books, chocolate, baths in candlelight, log fires and four poster beds. I love exploring historic houses, castles and beautiful gardens. I collect everything from rare trees to rock specimens and old toys. I’m interested in international adoption and post-adoption/ multi-cultural issues.
I am crazy about Christmas. I love being a writer when the book is going well, hate it like poison when it’s not. I read a newspaper every day. I listen to dance music in the car. I don’t like romantic movies with unhappy endings.
Where do I get my ideas? An active imagination and my own life experience. I have to confess that I’m still waiting on a billionaire to whisk me away on his private jet but that doesn’t stop me dreaming! I had an imaginary friend as a child and adored fairy tales. I also have a keen interest in what makes people tick and believe that the good and bad times of even the most ordinary life give a writer the fuel to portray realistic emotions.

Q&A with Lynne Graham – Bought for the Greek’s Revenge

1)     List two books you’ve read more than three times.
a.     Arabella and Lord of the Rings. Actually there are quite a lot I reread, so it’s hard to just pick two!

2)     Is anything in your new release based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
a.     That’s a difficult one. In terms of the plot, not necessarily, but all emotions are drawn from life experiences. Love, grief, happiness… probably even the seven deadly sins! They’re all human experiences and find their way into my books in one way or another. 

3)     How much research goes into your books?
a.     Quite a bit when it comes to countries and locations, culture and names. I have many travel books in my library that are wonderful for the settings.

4)     You get a brilliant phrase/idea/thought at an inopportune time (while driving, drifting off to sleep/in the shower). What do you do?
a.     Write it down immediately. I’ve been known to jump out of the shower and find my nearest note book and pen. I always keep these two things with me wherever I go. I’ve had the nasty experience of having what I remember to be a brilliant idea and having forgotten it, so I’m determined never to make the same mistake again!

5)     What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
a.     I love cooking. My kitchen is a very special place in my home. I read a lot and enjoy taking my three dogs for a walk. They help me plot!

6)     Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
a.     Lourdes. I’ve always wanted to visit Lourdes. It has such a rich history, and such beauty. One day I’ll get there! 

7)     What does your family think of your writing?
a.     My family are very supportive. It’s often easy for family to not quite see writing as a job in the traditional sense because you’re at home. But my husband and children are very supportive. I’m sure the grandchildren will be too, when they’re old enough!

8)     How do you decide on the setting of your book?
a.     Most of the time the location will come from the hero’s nationality. But much of the texture and richness comes from my own holidays in France and Europe.

9)     What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
a.     Although I’ve been asked almost every question there is about writing, one that doesn’t come up often is what is it like when it’s not going well.
b.     And the answer is that it can be very frustrating, and worrying when writing is not going well. I find that I have to stop working until I’ve worked out what the problem is. It can sometimes last for a few days, but if it gets that long, then I call my editor! 

10)  What is your favorite summer read?
a.     Any of my favourite books!

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