Monday, July 10, 2017

Author Interview: FE Greene

FE Greene
author, The Never List/Love Across Londons


Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

Currently I live in a part of Texas where the south meets the southwest. For a time I lived in England, an experience which greatly influences everything I write. I still visit the UK regularly and have a community of friends there whom I consider to be like family. I haven’t felt like a tourist in years (even if I still look like one).

At this point in my life, I’m counting the days until I can return to England permanently. My dream job is to write full time while taking folks on guided tours of my favorite, out-of- the-way UK places which most Americans never get to enjoy.



What is your favorite genre to write?

I consider myself to be a cross-genre author who writes a blend of romance and fantasy. In every one of my books, there’s always some sort of love story, and there will be a supernatural or whimsical element like time travel or invisible castles or love-at- first-sight fireworks. Readers seeking gritty realism ripped from today’s headlines will likely be dissatisfied.

What is one silly fact about you?

My friends in England call me “The Mad Texan” – not because I’m angry, mind you, but because I’m in such a ridiculously good mood whenever I’m across the Pond. Compared to the Brits, who really do keep calm and carry on, I suppose I can seem a bit zany. Or perhaps it’s because I’ve given them a lift in my rental car, and they’ve had to endure my driving. (Shifting gears with the left hand never ceases to be a challenge.)

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

Writing clean romance isn’t a conscious choice on my part. I write the books I feel inspired to write, and I write what I love to read. As a reader, I gravitate toward novels which explore magical connections and emotional intimacy more than physical consummation. I enjoy characters who instantly like each other but must wade through a variety of challenges which arise from, or in spite of, their love at first sight.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

I’m halfway through writing the third book in the Love Across Londons series. I recently finished a nonfiction book for young writers which is currently in the hands of my editor. After that, I’ll turn my attention to my contemporary romance series. I’m also planning to pull a completed fantasy series out of mothballs and get it ready for publication next summer.

Where do your ideas come from?

All my novels begin with the Where. Locations provide my inspiration, and once I’ve settled on a place, the rest of my prewriting flows from there. Decisions about characters and plot are shaped by what I learn or know about places like London, Stratford-upon- Avon, South Carolina, or San Antonio.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

As a writer and a reader, characters make or break a story for me. I connect with protagonists who are likable but not perfect. How a story’s heroes treat one another is also very important. I enjoy novels where the protagonists have an additional mystery to unravel or a conflict to resolve. For me, the narrative needs to do more than just answer the question, “Will they or won’t they get together?” (Because let’s face it - they will.  It’s a romance!)

Please share about your book.

The Never List is the first book in my time-travel romance series (Love Across Londons). It began as a love letter to London, a city which enchants and fascinates me no matter how often I visit. I’m a huge aficionado of time-travel stories, so I selected that genre as a platform to explore London across several centuries.

In addition to taking readers on a whirlwind tour of two very different Londons, The Never List asks larger questions about what we believe and how we grieve. Where do we find our families? Can loss keep us from daring to love? The Never List focuses on Tori’s emotional journey as she deals with her parents’ deaths. The second book in the series, The Best-Left Questions, focuses on Charles’ strained relationship with his secretive father.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Charles Stratford is a London journalist raised during the early Victorian era. A crusader for the less fortunate, he is hardworking, humble, and levelheaded in a crisis. Charles discovers an ancient pendant and a set of clues which lead him through a doorway into Victoria’s bookshop. The novel’s early chapters show Charles reacting and adapting to 21 st -century London (one of my favorite aspects of time-travel fiction). He is unswervingly devoted to the notion of returning home – until he falls in love with Victoria.

American expat Victoria Smith runs a bookshop in central London. Raised in the Southern U.S., Tori (as herfriends call her) is an enterprising go-getter who is still recovering from the tragic loss of her parents. After thestartling arrival of an 19 th -century gent in her storeroom, she agrees to help him find a way back to 1854.

Despite a few harrowing setbacks, she sticks with the plan – until she falls in love with Charles.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

To experience that delicious sensation of detaching from life for a while.

Social Media Links:

Website - www.fegreene.com
Facebook - FE Greene
Twitter - @FE_Greene
Goodreads - F.E. Greene

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