Thanks so much for inviting me back! I feel like I've come home! Ask away...
Nas: What do you love most about writing for Harlequin Medicals?
Louisa: I get to work in my pjs! It's a dream come true!
oh, I had visions of you lounging on a chaise lounger with feather boa and glass of champagne!
Oh- I see, you mean the Medical line (silly me) .... I love how medicals encompass intense drama, family values, a range of sensuality for every taste, gorgeous hunky heroes and feisty modern day heroines. A bit like Grey's Anatomy in book form!
Nas: What do you think makes a good story?
Louisa: Tight pacing, great dialogue, humor and conflict (not petty arguing, but gut wrenching difficulties the hero/heroine have to overcome)
Nas: Do you write about exotic places in your books? – what is your ideal holiday destination?
Louisa: Is sub-tropical New Zealand exotic? I think so! I've also written about Italy (in my current release). I'd love to do more exotic settings. The book I'm writing at the moment is set in London.
My ideal holiday destination is usually the place I'm just about to visit! At Christmas we're taking a family adventure tour through Thailand, we get to kayak down the river Kwai, look after elephants and stay in a homestay in a Thai village- sounds pretty ideal to me!
Although, give me trip back to beautiful Fiji any time and I'd be in heaven!
Yes, Fiji is exotic and aren't I lucky to be living here?
Nas: Anywhere you haven’t travelled you would like to go?
Louisa: So, so many places! Currently on my wish list I have New York, Cuba, Peru and Cambodia
Nas: What one item do you always pack when you travel?
Louisa: A good book! But this time I'll be taking my ipad which is filled with lots of amazing romances (including some wonderful medicals) to keep me happy!
Nas: Tell us a little about your current release …..
Louisa: I wanted to write a book about a damaged hero- a really brooding physically scarred man who carried guilt about something he'd done- and I wondered how he'd ever manage to forgive himself enough to live again. Enter Skye. Skye is a secondary character from Waking Up With His Runaway Bride and with her sweet bubbly personality she was the perfect foil to Adam's pain. But, as with all my books, there's a good balance between light and dark, plenty of humour and lots of sizzle!
Here's the official blurb:
Reaching for the stars-with Nurse Skye...
Haunted by the ghosts of his fallen comrades, ex-army medic Adam Miller hopes to find salvation in beautiful Atanga Bay. Yet despite his intense attraction to feisty nurse SkyeWilliams, Adam's determined never to get close to anyone ever again. But with Skye by his side maybe it's time to put the past to rest for good...
This story takes place in New Zealand and Italy- two wonderful holiday destinations. Do you have any places you'd recommend I add to my bucket list? I'm giving away a copy of The War Hero's Locked-Away Heart to one commenter!
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