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Thank you so much to Rikki Evans, author of The Louise Fawley Symphony, for agreeing to answer my questions! Read on to discover what inspired her book, her writing process and more about her characters, story and self. There’s even a Rafflecopter Giveaway giving you the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of this book!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
My initial inspiration came from seeing a billboard for ‘Spectre’ and deciding it was high time Bond had some female competition. Beyond ‘Bond’, further inspiration came from 60s TV shows like ‘The Avengers’ and from the 80s TV adaptation of the Daily Mirror’s ‘Jane’. Literary inspirations included Dylan Thomas and PG Wodehouse.
What is your writing process?
A good analogy is with sculpture. Typically I’ll have three consecutive sentences in progress. The latest I’m hewing from the rock, that previous I’m chiselling into shape, that previous I’m polishing to perfection. I’ve known myself return to a troublesome sentence or paragraph again and again. The sounds and the rhythms of my words are as important to me as their meaning.
Turning to my novel as a whole, I’m very flexible, somewhere between planner and pantser. I have my storyline. Some scenes and dialogues become fixed in my mind chapters ahead and don’t alter. Others after carrying them in my head for a long time I realise are not going to work and I ditch. Others still are spur-of-the-moment insertions or alterations.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I use MS Word on a lap-top.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Aside from my preponderant lead character, Louise Fawley, my favourite character is Tiggi Trebarwith. Tiggi is great fun to write. She’s headstrong and ruthless, beautiful and stylish. She’s always going to invite jealousy, infuriate her superiors and land herself in trouble. But, she’ll always manage to claw herself free from the mire again.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Probably Louise Fawley herself. There’s a touch of me in Louise anyway so we’re already part-way there.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I try to convey some aspects of character in my names. For Louise Fawley herself, I chose a commonplace first name to reflect her quite ordinary start in life, and a geographic second name to reference her very English character. And, at the time I chose her name, I searched on ‘Louise Fawley’ and got absolutely no hits.
The Louise Fawley Symphony
Meet Louise Fawley – the newest, sassiest and sleaziest agent in Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Follow Louise as she burgles and bungles at Melusine Plastics, gets flirtatious and salacious in Vetchley Castle, grows amorous and glamorous in Sainte-Modeste, and finally, hooks and sinks her villainess on the superyacht Bonquonne.
In this delicious, light-hearted, randy romp, can Louise solve the arcane mystery of La Ligne?
The Louise Fawley Symphony contains material of a sexually explicit nature, so will not be to the taste of every adult reader.
Author Bio –
After more than twenty-five years in accountancy, Rikki quit the profession to care for a parent whose health had deteriorated, and to give more time to those interests and hobbies which had helped render accountancy almost bearable.
Rikki’s interests include all things historical, from castles to candlesticks, music of many genres, from Gregorian Chant to Brit Pop, and above all, like HE Bates, is happiest when working and whiling in a garden.
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