Morning everyone and happy Saturday! First up today I’m on the blog tour for A Nun for the Viking Warrior, and am thrilled to bring you a Q&A with author Lucy Morris. Enjoy!
Title: A Nun for the Viking Warrior
Author: Lucy Morris
Genre: Historical Romance (Viking)
Estimated page count: 273
Formats available: eBook
Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical (1 Oct. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Forced to wed the warrior
Falling for the man…
Noblewoman Amée Évreaux had pledged her life to God, until her father promised her in marriage to thundering Norseman, Jorund Jötunnson. After escaping her overbearing father, Amée vows never to fall under another man’s thumb, but her resistance to being Jorund’s wife turns to desire as she gets to know her intriguing new husband. For beneath his fierce exterior she’s glimpsed an unexpectedly pure heart. If only she can penetrate the fortress that surrounds it…
q&A with lucy morris
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I live in Essex with my husband and two young children. I have two cats and enjoy visiting Museums, castles, and drinking prosecco with friends. I adore writing and I’m so grateful to call it my profession.
What inspired you to start writing?
I think I was always held back by a lack of confidence. When I’d had my children, I realised that I had the perfect opportunity to give this ‘writing a book’ lark a go, after all, what was the worst that could happen? It makes me laugh now to think how my insecurities held me back…even if an editor did laugh at my attempt to write (which honestly the majority of editors are too nice to even consider doing this)… what’s the worst that could happen? They reject? Fine…write another!
Once, I got started I grew in confidence, found like-minded friends and started to treat it as a career. When the call came through it was both a joy and a relief. I could justify the months I’d spent on my dream! Which is silly, we can all follow our dreams. No time is ever wasted on following your dreams!
How many books have you written and published?
My debut with Harlequin Historical was the third book I ever wrote. My second book was also published a little while after, but by a much smaller press and under a different name (as it was a different subgenre entirely). My first book was awful and lives in a drawer, but I’m so glad I wrote it as it taught me so much! I’m now writing my third book for HH, with another two contracted after that.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
That’s like choosing your favourite child! Impossible! They all have things I love about them and are different from each other. But I guess, my debut ‘The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance’ will always have a special place in my heart as it kicked off my career with HH. Likewise, I’ll also love that first unpublishable book, because without taking the risk to write it, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Google search. No, really. I have a lovely baby finder website that gives you information about the name’s origin and popularity through the ages. I also find researching my chosen era (medieval) has been really useful in picking names that would have been popular at that time.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Definitely Jorund! Not only is he huge and strong, he’s also a gentle giant. He’d help build us shelter and patiently teach me how to survive.
Thankfully, all my medieval heroes would be pretty good shipwreck companions as they know the basics of survival that modern day men might struggle with. Plus their pretty easy on the eye!
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
There are so many authors I love! But I should pick the classic romance writer Jane Austen. I particularly love ‘Persuasion’, there’s something so heartbreakingly sad about the couple’s backstory of a missed opportunity. The two main characters are both broken by the past and are naturally quiet characters. I absolutely love the romantic way they find each other again, and discover their feelings for each other have only strengthened over time. When I’m feeling particularly fanciful, I wonder if ‘Persuasion’ is Jane Austen writing a Happily ever after for herself. I can’t help but wonder if there was a dashing Captain in her past —she wrote him so well! …but I’ve never researched her so I wouldn’t know!
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
A story at school about a magical dolphin that could heal people by looking them in the eye. I think I was about seven.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Loads! I’ve worked in shops and factories, been a college receptionist, worked in production at a magazine publisher’s, pulled pints on a theatre bar, even been a childminder briefly. But being an author is the best job!
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Travel a week into the future to find out the lottery numbers probably – LOL!
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My mum, I’d show her the dedication to her in my first book, and tell her I wish she hadn’t left us so soon.
What are your favourite things to do?
Visit castles, museums and generally hang out with my friends and family. I love my writing buddies too, they’ve been with me from the beginning and I adore our chats and writing retreats.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Becoming a published author!
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Start writing now! You can do it!
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ both men and women should read it. It’s a brutal insight into what’s still wrong in the world. Sexism, racism, homophobia, religious extremism, environmental damage…it’s all there.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Jorund is a Viking warrior gifted land by the Duke of Northmannia (later known as Normandy, France). To secure it he must marry the land’s previous owner, Amée Évreux. Amée has tried to escape her controlling father by entering a convent.
Jorund literally smashes into Amée’s life demanding that she marry him. Amée is reticent at first. Jorund is a gigantic man with obvious secrets but slowly their relationship blossoms into a passionate attraction. If only they can trust each other enough to give up their secrets and their hearts.
follow the tour
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Lucy for chatting with us.
I’ll be back later today, so until then have a good one.