Welcome to Day 8 of #RomancingSeptember
Our guest today is E.L. Lindley with Blood Money
Where is your home town?
My home town is Sheffield which is in South Yorkshire. It’s a lovely city and has the perfect combination of being a vibrant city whilst being surrounded by beautiful countryside. I may be biased but I think Sheffield has a different vibe than most cities; it has a slower pace and can feel more like a big village. If anyone was passing by and decided to drop into Sheffield for a little look, I don’t think they’d go home disappointed.
How long have you been writing romance?
I suppose officially since around 2011 when I self published my first novel but I’d been writing stories for a long time before that. I love the way that romance is such a broad genre so there’s room for all kinds of stories, probably more than with any other genre. I have such happy memories of sitting with my grandma, who used to devour Mills and Boon romances and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the idea of writing stories that will take the reader away from the stresses and strains of real life, if only for a little while and romance is the perfect vehicle for that.
What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?
My personal favourite kinds of romance are the ones with a bit of crime and mystery thrown in and this tends to be reflected in my own writing. I also love a series so the second I see that a story is part of a series, it’s already made it half-way onto my kindle.
Who is Georgie Connelly?
Georgie Connelly is the protagonist in my own series, The Georgie Connelly Stories. She’s a documentary film maker based in LA although she’s originally from the UK. As a result of her job, she tends to get involved with people who are in tricky situations and as she has a big heart, she always helps them out. She’s had four stories so far and Blood Money is the fifth.
Why has she returned to London?
Georgie has a difficult relationship with her mother who drops the bombshell on her that she may have a half-brother and he’s missing. Despite all of her better judgement (Georgie’s mother has a track record of bringing trouble to Georgie’s door) she travels to London in order to try and find the so called long lost brother, who may or may not be all that he seems.
Who does she work with?
In LA, Georgie usually works with her assistant and friend, Danny. She also relies heavily on the support of her friend Sean Collins, a LA cop. Her best friend Cally Delaney and her husband Eric are also a massive support to her and Eric has financed a lot of her work. Her main support though comes in the form of her love interest, James Finn and his partner in a PI company, Julie Sellars. Hopefully readers will be pleased to know that the entire team, with the exception of Danny, decamp to London with her. The potential for cross-cultural incidents is enormous and provides a lot of the humour in the book.
What are the romantic sub-plots of this book?
I like to think that there is an extended love story running through the entire series of the Georgie Connelly Stories. Readers have followed Georgie and James’ journey from their initially frosty meeting to the point they’re at in Blood Money. They’re relationship, whilst never easy, has settled into permanence and James in particular is ready to take it to the next level of possible marriage and children. Running alongside Georgie and James’ love story, we have seen Cally and Eric’s seemingly perfect marriage start to crumble and their fight to save it is an ongoing storyline. At the same time, Julie began dating Carmel in the second story and they are struggling with the direction their relationship might be heading. Sean is the only resolutely single character and, after listening to readers’ thoughts, he may not be single for much longer.
Why does Georgie find love and romance so hard?
Georgie is the product of a broken home which has had a profound effect on her. Her mother left the family home when she was a young child and she’s never really recovered from that sense of abandonment. Their relationship became even more complex when her mother went on to have serial marriages and relationships. In addition to this, her father who died when she was in her early twenties is turning out not to be the man she always thought he was. Georgie didn’t have a stable family life and the repercussions from that run deep.
Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
Well I have literally just finished Blood Money. It was a race against time to get it ready for your tour as I desperately wanted to be part of it. Having said that, I already have lots of ideas for the next Georgie Connelly story but, frustratingly they will have to wait as I’m in the process of finishing off a standalone novel. I’m hoping that will be published before Christmas.
Where can readers find out more about you?
I also have a blog http://www.lindleyblogs.blogspot.co.uk/
And a review blog http://www.lindleyreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
I’m usually to be found pottering around at one of these places.
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