Choc Lit author, Lynda Stacey first joined me for a Spotlight on Guest Author blog on 25 July 2016. Today, she returns with news that her debut novel House of Secrets is now available as a paperback, as well as an ebook! Yay!
Also, since she visited me last time, she’s had another ebook published – Tell Me No Secrets. Congratulations, Lynda, you’ve certainly been busy.
Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire.
Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.
Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.
She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.
I asked Lynda some questions:-
How do you approach writing a novel?
I like to use real places, or real events if I can. With House of Secrets the story was very much plotted around using Wrea Head Hall as it’s backdrop. Tell me no Secrets was plotted around the winding roads of North Yorkshire and Whitby, and a future book will be plotted around the Sand House that used to exist in Doncaster.
I think that using real places make the whole book come more to life. I love people emailing me and saying that they recognised things from within the book, especially Wrea Head Hall which has been described as a character in it’s own right.
You’ve had two e-books published so far. How different does it feel to have a paperback?
Up to now being an author has felt very surreal, even though I’ve put hours and hours of work into the books (five years of work), it still kind of felt as though someone else had written them… that is until you hold the book in your hand, see your name on the front and stare at it for hours. I can honestly say that it’s one of the best feelings ever.
If House of Secrets was made into a film, who would you cast to play the lead parts?
Ohhhhh good question. the book is set in Yorkshire so I would really like actors that could actually sound as though they live here.
I love Michelle Keegan to play Maddie, she’s down to earth, and would bring a realism to the character… yes…, she’d be my Maddie.
All a bit of a wish list… but… watch this space, you never know what will happen.
What can we look forward to from you next?
Well, I’ve just finished the sequel to House of Secrets which is currently titled House of Christmas Secrets, it’s due to be released later in the year.
Thank you for joining me, Lynda. I wish you every success with your books.
Please find details and links of Lynda‘s books below and how you can keep in touch with the author.
A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret …
Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy.
Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.
After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer.
But Liam still won’t let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts …
Link to Amazon: – HOUSE OF SECRETS
Can a secret be worse than a lie?
Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky …
On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret?
When Kate begins work at a firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over.
As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they become close. But, what they don’t realise is how close to home the investigation will bring them, or who will be hurt in the process …
Link to Amazon: – TELL ME NO SECRETS
To contact Lynda, you can use the following links:-