Joyce: What distracts you the most when you’re trying to write?
Lucy: Noise! I have pretty sensitive hearing, and a complete inability to block out noise. So things like banging, revving engines, children playing, dogs barking are all very, very distracting. I can’t make earplugs stay in my ears — they just pop out after a while. So if there’s lots of noise I generally have to resort to putting my headphones in and playing some music.
Fiona flourishes in her role at T5S, is it important for you to write about empowered women?
Yes, because it’s what I know best. I myself am a determined and ambitious person, so it just feels natural for me to write women this way. Fiona finding her way from her degree to her career is kind of similar to the path I took, in a way...
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Lucy: One of my favourite things about erotica/erotic romance is the fact that you can write lots of different genres within that. So I’ve already written paranormal, contemporary, thriller and so on. But I must admit I do fancy writing a spy thriller at some point… but I think it’d be fun to leave in the smoking hot sex scenes! A genre I’ll probably never write is historical. I’ve written stories with bits of the past woven in, but the thought of doing all that research and the potential to get things wrong is scary.