Vengeful Love – Laura Carter INTERVIEW

 

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About Vengeful Love

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  • Series: Vengeful Love #1
  • Release: March 21st 2016 by Carina Press

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SYNOPSIS – He’s a devastatingly handsome, filthy-rich CEO. She’s a high-flying London lawyer. All it takes is one boardroom pitch. One hostile takeover.

Vengeful Love is darkly suspenseful, sinfully sexy white-collar romance at its very best.

I’ve always walked the straight and narrow—following the rules, never straying from my chosen path.

Until Mr. Sexy Bazillionaire CEO Gregory Ryans walked into my life. It was only supposed to be business, but one brush of his wicked lips against my skin changed everything.

I can’t deny what this man inspires in me. I’ll do anything he asks…even help destroy the enemies from his past.

But he’s hiding more than he’s telling me.

When our love leads to tragedy, there’s no going back. Gregory’s past is trying to kill our future.

They say love can bring a person to their knees.

I’ve just proven that vengeful love is the strongest force of all.

Book One of the Vengeful Love Series

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Interview Questions for Friday, April 1st – Penny Dreadful Book Reviews

Q: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

A: I’m not sure there’s a message I want readers to take away but there were certainly threads I felt strongly about when writing. The first, is that love can conquer even the worst demons. The second, is that being a couple doesn’t mean one person always being in control. Working together, as a team, one person being strong when the other is weak, that is, for me, the strongest kind of couple.

Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

A: Not at all. I loved every second of writing the Vengeful Love trilogy. I only wish I could experience writing the books for the first time all over again.

Q: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

A: The books focus on the relationship between a lawyer, Scarlett Heath, and her billionaire client, Gregory Ryans. I am a lawyer, so creating Scarlett was easier for me than creating Gregory. The trilogy is dark and sexy. Getting those darker elements right meant a lot of research around criminal law and procedure, which I was not previously familiar with. It also meant I had to stay focused on building and maintaining tension. Hopefully I did that J Perhaps the most difficult challenge though, was overcoming my blushes when Scarlett and Gregory get down and dirty! I’m not sure I ever did manage that.

Q: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

A: At this stage, I’m incredibly grateful and humbled that the trilogy was picked up by a publisher and so many people have worked tirelessly to publish the books. Like every author, I hope readers enjoy the books and I hope I continue to write stories that people want to read. I haven’t thought much beyond that just yet.

Q: Which writers inspire you?

A: Argh, yikes, so many! In romance, I adore Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series, J. Kenner’s Stark International Series and Jodi Ellen Malpas’s This Man and One Night trilogies. More generally in fiction, I think Sebastian Faulks is a tremendous writer.

 

Q: What are you working on at the minute?

A: I have actually just finished the first draft of a new novel.

Q. What’s it about?

A: Eeek, I don’t want to spoil it but I can tell you it’s emotional and I can’t get enough of my hero and heroine.

Q. Is it a departure from the Vengeful Love series?

A: The new book is entirely separate from the Vengeful Love trilogy but it is similar in genre. Like Vengeful Love, it is dark, glamourous, sexy and full of angst.

Q: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

A: This made me laugh. I’m going to try to answer your question. When I sat down to write the first book in the trilogy, I had no plan, just a vague idea of a story. I can tell you that meant plot changes, a lot of time spent on wasted words and more editing. I did plan books two and three and I do think it helped me stay focused. It certainly made the writing process a lot more efficient. Having said that, I’ve never stayed on plan yet. Characters have a way of developing themselves, pulling you in different directions and saying things that make you gasp. I’m okay with that. I like to see where my characters will naturally take the story, it’s the best part of writing, like watching a movie unfold in your mind.

Q: Who designed your book cover/s?

A: My publisher designs the covers with my input. It’s a collaborative process but the Art team at Harlequin’s Carina Press is fantastic.

Q: Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

A: Oh, gosh, definitely! I remember one day grocery shopping and seeing a book by Jodi Ellen Malpas on a shelf. It caught my eye so I read the blurb and bought it. When I finished the book I bought the rest of the trilogy. When I finished that I bought her other trilogy. All because I liked one cover.

Q: What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

A: People are entitled to their opinion and conflicting views often make for good discussion. Five star reviews are always going to be nice and one star reviews painful but you have to take the good with the bad.

Q: Why did you choose the “billionaire CEO” as a main character?

A: I had a vague idea about a lawyer falling for a client. I was living and working in London and each day I’d walk past the Shard, London’s tallest building. The Shard was under construction at the time and I read an article about a small number of £50 million apartments that would be created in the tip of the building. So, I started wondering who could afford to live in the Shard. Cue Gregory Ryans, client and devastatingly handsome billionaire.

Thank you so much for having me on the blog today. I hope you enjoy Vengeful Love.

About Laura Carter

Laura-CarterLaura is a lawyer by day, working for a global business law firm. By night, she puts pen to paper, writing about wealthy billionaires and sassy alpha females.

Laura grew up in England, UK and has spent a lot of time travelling the world. It was whilst she was living in Australia in 2009 that she began drafting her first novel (now safely in a drawer for a later date!).

In 2012, working as a lawyer in London, inspired by the blinding lights and corporate world, the writing bug bit Laura again. From a small bedroom in the city, Gregory Ryans and Scarlett Heath were born in the first book of the Vengeful Love trilogy.

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