are delighted to welcome Marie Laval. Originally from Lyon in France, Marie studied History and Law at
university there before moving to Lancashire where she worked in a variety of
jobs, from PA in a busy university department to French teacher in secondary
schools. Writing, however, was always her passion, and she spends most of her
free time dreaming up stories. She has published two historical romances with
MuseitUp Publishing, ANGEL HEART and THE
LION’S EMBRACE. A SPELL IN
PROVENCE her first contemporary
romance and is published by Áccent Press.
did it take?
months. That was four years ago. I was so engrossed in the story that I spent
all my free time working on it. I did have to rewrite and edit it extensively,
so altogether it took me about a year. It was the same for A SPELL IN PROVENCE,
my contemporary romantic suspense shortly to be released by Áccent Press. When I first got the idea for the plot during
a family holiday in the South of France, I was working as a part-time teacher
and had more time to write than I do now so I could complete the first draft
passion. As a teenager in France, I used to write the most ridiculous plays,
poems and love stories with my best friend, some of which we would then perform
and record on a cassette recorder. We were very silly but we had a lot of fun.
To this day we still remember lines from our great dramatic masterpieces!
young daughter is in bed. Unfortunately it’s often quite late when I start so I
sometimes fall asleep on my keyboard. My favourite time to write is very early
in the morning at weekends or during the holidays when everybody is still in
bed and the house is quiet. I make myself a cup of tea and ‘steal’ a couple of
hours at the computer. It feels like heaven.
it is the aspect of publishing a novel I enjoy the least. For A SPELL IN
PROVENCE, I have contacted several author friends who have very kindly offered
me a spot on their blog, and I may organize a tour and a couple of special
events as well after the book is published.
require a lot more research and are more tricky to write than contemporary
novels, but I find both genres equally exciting and challenging. For example, I
am really bad at understanding and using the latest technological gadgets and I
had to do some research into mobile phones in order not to make any mistakes.
the nineteenth century, my aim is the same – to write a love story between two
about the main plotline and can visualise the final scene when I start the
story, I tend to just get on with it and let things happen – or not! I would
love to be better at plotting because I waste a lot of time exploring a
storyline, only to backtrack and delete entire chapters a few weeks later.
to restrain myself and get back to writing the story.
enjoyed finding out about the ancient history of Provence, which is fascinating,
and I loved even more surrounding myself with photos of hill-top villages, of
old fountains and of lavender and sunflower fields. I spent many holidays in
the South of France as a child and writing A SPELL IN PROVENCE brought back
fond memories of sitting in a fragrant garden in the sunshine, breathing in the
scents of flowers and grasses, and listening to the cicadas.
If you could rescue only one book from your burning home
what would it be?
one? I think I would take a book of poems by Jacques Prévert or Victor Hugo.
for Marie Laval?
THE DEVIL, will be published by Áccent
Press in the New Year, and I am currently working on another contemporary
romance which I hope to finish by Christmas.
Provence is currently available from Accent Press
available on Amazon from 19th December 2014
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