After a one week hiatus, I am back for Friday Night Drinks with debut author, member of Twitter’s #UKRomChat and RNA colleague……Lucy Keeling.
Welcome to the blog, Lucy, it’s lovely to have you here. First things first, what are you drinking?
Ohh, thank you for inviting me, I’d love an Ameretto and Diet Coke please if you don’t mind? Or we could share a bottle of Prosecco if you prefer?
A bottle of Prosecco between us it is, to start with anyway! If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
We would probably start earlier and go into Manchester, that way we can be nicely tipsy/drunk/steaming and get the last train home. I like to drink in places that are relaxed and chilled. If I can be wearing my Converse then I am beyond happy. I don’t think I ever really left my student drinking days behind me, except maybe the drinking of Snakebite.
I’m the same in my DMs! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
David Bowie and Emma Thompson. No hesitation.
Ooh, good call. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
Well I am looking forward to this Friday night off to be honest. Most of my evenings are spent editing or writing. I work part-time and have two small humans to try and raise, so the evenings are when the words come (hopefully). My rom com debut Make It Up To You was released in September. I’ve just sent off the second one in that series, and now I’m really excited to be working on Book Three, which is Mya’s story.
What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
Well, I have been writing since I was little. In fact I wrote my first ever book when I was maybe 8? It was about Ice Monsters and my school friend did the illustrations. But I would say coming Runner-Up in Choc-Lit’s ‘Search for a Star’ Competition and finding out that I would be getting a three book deal is certainly a HUGE deal for me, and honestly I’m still in shock. I kept expecting them to turn around and say, “So sorry we meant a different Lucy!”
My biggest challenge, as with most of us I guess, is getting into a routine and finding the time to write, as well as all the other stuff that comes with it, but I think I’m getting there. I think. Some weeks are easier or perhaps more productive than others that’s for sure.
I can totally relate to the challenges of juggling everything. What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
Ohhh, ok well if we’re dreaming big, then obviously I would like to see my rom com series made into TV or a film. I think it would be ace to watch it play out on Netflix.
What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
So Book One was all about Sophie, a social media influencer, and Marcus a gardener. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like a pairing that should work but it really does. Like, really does, wink wink. Judging from the reviews and the feedback for Make It Up To You, it seems as though readers are desperately trying to suss out what Mya (one of the characters) does for a living. So it’s incredibly exciting to be writing Book Three now which is all about her. Honestly, I love knowing something that everyone else doesn’t haha.
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
I am not as well travelled as I would like. What have you got on yours? I’d love some inspiration. I would say that I really loved visiting Washington DC. We have friends that live over there and getting to see all the sites with them was amazing. Right now, I would just love to go somewhere warm and peaceful where I can read as much as I want before swimming up to a bar and drinking and then repeat. I don’t think that’s too much to ask? Is it?
Sounds perfect. I was in Washington DC in 2018, great place. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
Oh erm… I actually don’t think I’m at all that interesting. I would say that I am terrible at small talk. It’s the small bit I struggle with and so I tend to just go straight into the over sharing detail that you absolutely wouldn’t have asked for, and certainly didn’t need to know.
I feel exactly the same, I think it’s a nervous tic shared by introverts. Next time we are at the same RNA event, we should meet up and overshare together! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
I keep coming back to Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game. I just love it. Having said that I am also loving Tessa Dare’s series at the moment too. She is a genius at writing hilarious stories with amazing romance. I’m just about to start Clare Lydon’s ‘You’re My Kind’ and I can’t wait. I could go on and on.
Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome. 2) A person’s undoing. 3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman sit across from each other every day . . . and they hate each other.
Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. HATE. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight approach to his job and refusal to smile. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and desire to be liked.
Now they’re up for the same promotion and Lucy, usually a determined people-pleaser, has had enough: it’s time to take him down. But as the tension between Lucy and Joshua reaches its boiling point, it’s clear that the real battle has only just begun . . .
I haven’t read that one, it sounds good. I will add it to the list. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
So I am renowned for making a brew. I am an absolute fiend when it comes to the hot beverage, and so no matter how drunk I might be, how many tipples I’ve had, I will always,and without fail make a brew when I get in. If I’m feeling really risky I might even make some toast. I’m so bad-ass I know. But I swear it will lessen your pain the next day.
A cup of tea cures all! After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Once I get in and it’s likely to be late because I get the feeling that you may be a bad influence ☺, I would like to recover the next day in bed, watching things on Netflix that I promised my friends I would watch and never got round to. But if we’re talking truly ideal then at some point I would need a big ol’ greasy breakfast and a cold can of full fat coke. Then I will be ready to face absolutely anything. Unless it’s Soft Play Hell in which case, no. Absolutely not. Do not ever go to Soft Play Hell with a hangover.
Thankfully, my girls are past the Soft Play stage, so I won’t have to suffer that with or without a hangover! Lucy, thank you so much for joining me, it has been an absolute joy. Here is a gif, just for you!
Lucy’s debut novel, Make It Up To You, is out now as an ebook and you can buy a copy here.
What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common?
Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure.
Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …
Lucy Keeling is an author writing fun, sexy, stories with all of the happily ever afters. When she’s not typing at the kitchen table, she’s arranging and then re-arranging to see her friends for the occasional spot of day drinking. Lucy is currently writing the third book in a Contemporary Romance series, the first of which was Runner-Up in ChocLit’s ‘Search for a Star’ competition. This story has become her romantic comedy debut Make It Up To You.
Please join me next week when I will be joined for Friday Night Drinks by Sarah from Lost in the Land of Books blog.