Saturday, 9 April 2016

The Boy on the Bus by Katey Lovell

Series:  The Meet Cute Series
Release Date: 7th April 2016
Publisher:  Harper Impulse
Genres:  Romance

 I am thrilled to welcome the lovely Katey Lovell to the blog. Thank you Katey for agreeing to an author interrogation  interview!


Do you write under your real name or is this a pen name you use?

I write as Katey Lovell.  Katey is a nickname, although most people in real life call me Kate, and Lovell is my Great Grandma’s maiden name.  So although it’s not my real name, it’s not a total fabrication!

Where are you from?

I grew up in Monmouth, a picturesque market town on the South Wales border, but I’ve now lived in Sheffield for eighteen years.
List 3 interesting facts about yourself.
I can tap dance.  I once auditioned for Countdown but never got offered a place on the show.  And I’ve seen Take That in concert ten times.

What was the first thing you ever had published?

The very first thing I had published were letters to my local newspaper as a teenager – mostly about issues such as recycling. Since then I’ve had short stories published in anthologies and magazines and the first MeetCute story, The Boy at the Bookshop, was published by Harper Impulse last October.

Do you have a writing routine?

I work part time as Deputy Manager at a pre-school, so fitting in writing isn’t always easy.  I generally have a few hours between getting home from work and collecting my son Zach from school, so I try and ensure I write in that pocket of time.  I nearly always write at home when everyone else is out – I get distracted far too easily otherwise!

Do you have any writing rituals? 

I tend to have a hot drink at my side, either black tea or hot chocolate, and I often light a scented candle as I’m convinced it helps me stay focused.  My current favourite is the White Tea Yankee Candle!

Where did the idea for your most recent book come from?

The Boy on the Bus and The Boy with the Boxes are both part of the Meet Cute series of short stories.  These two literally came from suggestions for titles from friends of mine, and I built the story around the titles.

Who was the first person you shared your book with?
These were written back in 2014 and my friend April read them long before they were accepted for publication.  She was (and continues to be!) so encouraging of my writing and told me to keep submitting even when the rejections were getting me down.

Do you have a current work in progress?

I do!  I’m currently working on a novel about a group of friends who get together on Friday nights to watch musicals rather than face getting hit on in town by random strangers.  It’s great fun to write and it’s a good excuse for me to indulge and re-watch all my old favourite films.

Do you have any advice for budding authors?

It’s simple advice, but be persistent.  The rejections hurt, but the joy when someone believes in you more than makes up for it.

About the Author

Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.

She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that'll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and son.

Author links

 twitter @katey5678

Book Blurb
The Boy on the Bus - Lucy's morning bus journey is the highlight of her day - it's the only time she sees her crush.  But how can he take up so many of her thoughts when she doesn't even know his name?

The Boy with the Boxes - Rosie's starting afresh.  Her best friend and former housemate is starting a new life in Australia leaving Rosie to move into a new flat on her own.  But when she meets her next door neighbour, Rosie realises she may not be quite so alone after all...

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