1. Do you write as a full-time author or do you have to squeeze it in around a full-time job or looking after the children? If you don’t write as your main job what are your aims for your writing?
I somehow squeeze my writing in around my full-time job working for the Library Service in Herefordshire. I’m sometimes not sure where I find the extra time but I can be found writing on the bus on my way to work or during my lunchtime. My aims for my writing are to continue working on my current 3 WIP novels. Hoping to get them all out at some point in 2018.
2. What inspires you to write?
I tend to write everyday type of characters who are either experiencing love for the first or second time around. Or equally about them battling their demons, such as abuse or depression – powerful; topics. On a lighter note, I also love motor racing so one of my recent novels and one of my WIP novels is based around the world of fast cars!
3. Tell me about your writing process, when and how? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I used to use an ipad but have recently switched to a Surface Pro which is both a tablet and laptop when the keyboard is attached. This means that I can carry it around with me and write whenever I find I have 20 minutes to spare. It also means I can write on my lap in the evening in front of the fire. I try and do a little bit each day but longer periods of writing take place at the weekend when I’m not at work! I’m afraid I’m mostly a pantser and just let my character guide me but I generally start out with a basic storyline in my head.
4. How much of your life experience goes into your books if at all?
With my first novel ‘Where did your Heart go?’ the storyline is based on my first love affair, with a few embellishments. But the first kiss for my main characters Stephanie and James was my actual first kiss. I did contact my first boyfriend and asked him if he was happy with the book content and he was kind enough to write the first review I had for the book on Amazon! I do try to draw from life experience because I think it gives the characters more depth and the storyline more meaning.
5. Describe your ideal writing location if money were no issue.
My ideal writing location would be outside my private home on my own island off the coast of New Zealand. I’d be on a lounger next to my swimming pool.
6. What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
With my current final book in the Bloodstained Heart Trilogy its making sure that I stick to the storyline and conversations in the Heart Trilogy series (it’s a series about one of the characters in my original series) so I need to make sure the timeline stays the same but I bring a different slant to the same scenes. This makes it harder than just writing straight from your head. Also editing!!
7. What one thing would you fix about the whole world to make it a better place?
Religion, I believe what I believe but don’t push it on anyone and truly think that most of the world’s wars and conflicts are because people have different beliefs and think that theirs is better than the others. That’s about as political as I get in that if we got rid of religion maybe we’d all live more peacefully – although probably not!! There would always be something I guess!
8. What is your favourite review from any of your books?
This one for Bloodstained Heart. Part 1 – Passion. Because I knew I’d captured the essence of Felicity and equally made the reader feel sorry for her when everyone of my readers who urged me to write this story told me that they didn’t want to like this woman!!
Oooh. You made me feel sorry for Felicity and I soooo didn’t want to. After reading the Heart Trilogy it was great to see what made Felicity the cold and driven woman she became. At the same time I felt so sad for her. Audrina has written this in such a masterful way that you can’t pinpoint the exact moment when the sweet and innocent girl turns into a ruthless murderess. It reads well as a stand alone but if, like me, you have read the original trilogy first then the added dimensions of how the stories link together makes this an ingenious and very satisfying read. Consider this my first nag to you Audrina Lane to get the second part finished asap. I know I’m not the only one waiting with baited breath. Thank you for a great book.
9. When you’re not writing, working, looking after the kids what else do you enjoy doing?
I love music and dancing, so you’ll either find me at a concert or out with my OH who plays guitar in a local band. I also attend a monthly barefoot dance session which is 2 hours of an eclectic mix of music where everyone who attends just dances however they like. A sort of disco but without the alcohol or the blokes trying to chat you up! Its pure bliss and I wish it was more often than just monthly. Also I have 3 black Labradors so I enjoy taking them out for walks. I find most of my poem ideas come from this pursuit.
10. Can you tell me what you’re working on now?
I must be a sucker for punishment as I have 3 different novels in progress. The first is ‘Bloodstained Heart. Part 3 – Redemption’ which is the final story in this trilogy and the culmination of Felicity’s story. It’s a dark romance and she’s a rather evil, bitch of a character.
My second is another spin off from the third book in the Heart Trilogy series. I started a short story about two of the secondary characters in Closer to the Heart for an anthology. However the anthology never reached fruition so one of my readers who read the short story urged me to turn it into a full length novel. Its called ‘Bonfire Heart’ and is the story of Sebastian and Lena’s life – it may not be a very happy tale as it touches on Dementia and Depression, but is set in my favourite part of the world – New Zealand.
Finally the third WIP is with my co-author Rita Ames and we’re part way through the 2nd book in our ‘Need for Speed’ racing romance series. This one is called ‘24Hrs to Heartbreak’ and centres around Dre and Charlie who meet at the Indy 500 race.
Audrina Lane – Author & Poet
Expect the unexpected with Audrina’s ‘Realistic Romances with an Erotic Twist’. You may not get the traditional Happy Ever After Ending you were expecting!
THE HEART TRILOGY
Where did your Heart go?
Stephanie never truly let go of her first love James in 1988. When the relationship ended she kept her diaries, letters and memories safe in the attic and her heart locked away from any future heartbreak. Now her daughter Charlotte is experiencing the same relationship break up that she did. Handing her daughter the diaries she hopes to save her from the bleakness she felt at the loss of first love. The diaries inspire Charlotte to strive for true love as she realises that finding the right man is worth the wait.
Can Charlotte heal two broken hearts at the same time through a strange twist of fate, destiny, music and dance?
Linking the lives of a mother and daughter together you can join them on their journey of discovery through the highs and lows of first love. Will Stephanie finally face the future after the scars from the past, and find out why James left her? Charlotte starts to discover that dancing with Mitchell will be the time of her life. Does anyone ever forget their first love and can you go back?
Unbreak my Heart
Stephanie is reunited with her first love James as they adjust to being a couple again after twenty four years apart. Can Stephanie exorcise the ghost of her dead husband, Mark, to fully move on into the future? James is puzzled that Mark’s killer was never found and vows to investigate this further if it will help Stephanie heal.
Charlotte and Mitchell are making waves in the dance world with transatlantic job offers on the table, but will their ambitions pull them apart? Can Charlotte remain true to her first true love or will other dancers distract her?
All seems to good to be true for the couples but James’ ex-wife Felicity is unhappy that her plans in the past failed. Felicity decides that if she can no longer hurt Stephanie then the next target on her list will be her daughter, Charlotte. She will stop at nothing to split her son up from this relationship, even if it means destroying Mitchell in the process.
Find out how Stephanie and James, Charlotte and Mitchell face their first six months together in this exciting sequel to “Where did your Heart go?”
Closer to the Heart
As their families successfully become one large one Stephanie is faced with the decision of a lifetime. Her parents are struggling in New Zealand with the pressure of old age and dementia and despite the fact that her life is going perfectly Stephanie feels she needs to be with them. Should Stephanie take the chance of transferring her life half way around the world and break the newly formed bond between her and James.
Charlotte is trying to continue with her life and dancing despite the distraction of another man who offers his help but does it come with strings attached. Will she be able to cope without the help and support of her Mum?
All of them are still battling against the malevolent force of Felicity, James’ ex-wife and a woman who will stop at nothing to destroy other’s happiness. Who will win this battle, will Stephanie and James find their Together Forever? Find out in this compelling, fast paced and moving finale to the series.
BLOODSTAINED HEART TRILOGY
Bloodstained Heart. Part 1 – Passion
Meet Felicity, a seventeen year old on the brink of adulthood. Abandoned as a child by her father she watches as men come and go before her mother meets and marries Malcolm. He is a rich, powerful and dangerous and up roots Felicity from the inner city to the suburbs of London. Felicity tries to fit in but senses that her step-father is being more than just friendly towards her. Then on a family holiday with her step-brother Tony she falls in love with him. Does an eighteen year old stand a chance with a twenty-four year old or is she playing with fire?
Things take a turn at Tony’s 25th Birthday party and this becomes the defining point in Felicity’s life as she vows never to love or trust a man again. Will she take her revenge?
Suitable for over eighteens only.
The exciting first part of the story “Bloodstained Heart, Part 1 – Passion” runs from 1978 to 1993 as Felicity grows up to make her plans for revenge.
A novel with dark connotations in its many twists and turns through Felicity’s love life.
Bloodstained Heart. Part 2 – Revenge
Meet Felicity, a wealthy, successful and happily married woman. But is this façade just that, a deception as she continues to plot and scheme against everyone she comes into contact with. Including her husband! No one is safe from her vengeance that has been festering since she was eighteen. She has gotten her way for over forty years and at some point her revenge may return to hurt her.
Will she survive to triumph or will karma prove that what goes around must surely come back around?
The second part of the story “Bloodstained Heart, Part 2 – Revenge” runs from 1994 to 2012 and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
A novel with dark connotations in its many twists and turns through Felicity’s love life.
A Whiter Shade of Pale
A word, a glimpse, loved and lost but never forgotten. Follow Audrina Lane through the many shades of pale with stories and poems that will invigorate you with their colour, emotion and laughter.
Magic and mystery stories mix with the paranormal and poetry that brings an eclectic mix of topical rhymes to make a truly wonderful balance that will keep you turning the page for the next surprise.
Love, laugh and cry along with Audrina and let’s begin.
24HRS TO LOVE
Book 1 – Need For Speed racing romance series
Lola – I had almost given up hope of getting my career off the ground. Then thanks to my friend Chris I had the chance to be in the thick of the action as a pit board girl at the next Le Mans endurance race. All I needed to do was stay focussed and make a good impression. What I didn’t need was 6 feet of leather clad hot driver distraction. Jax took my breath away but he was a player and I should keep my distance….well tell that to my raging lust and love starved heart. This was definitely going to be a 24Hr challenge all round.
Jax – I was sick of being portrayed as some heartless womaniser and sick of having to put up with man eating barbie doll girlfriends. Petra was pushing me too hard and she had to go. I needed to clear the decks and concentrate on the race. At least that was the plan until a fiery bundle of red headed chaos walked through the door. Lola…..I wanted her like nothing else. It was against the rules but hey….I’m a race driver….breaking rules is part of the game. So the game was on. I just didn’t see what was ahead of us or realise that there would be more to play for than just two hearts.
Book 1 in this explosive new romance series begins the collaboration between Audrina Lane and Rita Ames to bring you the excitement of the race track combined with some hot romance and of course a little plot twist thrown in. The only way to win this race is to join us on the grid and see it through to the chequered flag! Hold on tight. It’s going to be a rocky ride!
Look out for Book 2 – 24Hrs to Heartbreak (Indie 500) and Book 3 – 24Hrs To Burn (Monaco Grand Prix) – If you love motor racing and hot romance reads then this is the series for you.
Bio: Audrina Lane is an author from Herefordshire and when she is not tapping away on the pc she enjoys walking her 3 black Labradors, listening to eighties music and barefoot dancing. Her dog walks provide muse for her growing poetry collection.
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