Welcome back to Under the Covers! We are so excited you have a new series out. If you had to describe A CRACK IN EVERYTHING and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN in three words each what would they be?
I’d describe A Crack in Everything as tender, romantic, and heart-breaking, and How the Light Gets In as hopeful, enduring and passionate.
What inspired you to give the hero such a heightened sense of smell? Did you have to do much research on this?
I was actually reading Jo Malone’s autobiography where she talks about her childhood and how she was always good out picking out smells. It came naturally to her. I thought it was so interesting. I’m always trying to write characters with different talents and skills, and this seemed like one you don’t come across too often in romance novels. Plus, the idea of making my hero a perfumer was just so romantic and sensual at the same time. It definitely captured my imagination.
In terms of research, I found this website called Fragrantica, and it’s basically an encyclopaedia of every perfume ever made. When I needed to look up the ingredients in a certain perfume, or figure out the elements of a fictional perfume I was making up for the story, I could go on there and find everything I needed.
Your heroines are always easy to relate to and Evelyn was very much like that. What was your favorite thing about her character?
I used to live in a place pretty similar to where Evelyn and Dylan grew up, and every once in a while I’d come across a girl like Evelyn. Even though she’s poor and pretty much at the lowest end of the social ladder, she always has a smile on her face. She just makes the most of her situation. I think that’s my favourite thing about her, because most of us are like Dylan, seeing the bad in everything. Evelyn sees the good.
This is a story about second chance love and finding that one true love. What do you find easiest and hardest about writing this trope?
The easiest thing and the hardest are actually one and the same. The easiest thing is that you’re dealing with characters who have a whole history together, so there’s lots for them to talk about and connect over. And that’s also the hardest, because at some point in the story you have to make two people who already know each other intimately seem like strangers. You have to make it so the reader experiences the excitement of them getting to know each other all over again without it feeling repetitive or boring.
Tell us one thing about Dylan O’Dea that you think will make readers fall in love with him?
I think readers will fall in love with his honesty. He never leads Evelyn astray or misleads her as to his real feelings. He simply tells her the truth every time. Originally, I had planned to write three timelines for this story, but then I realised that in order for the couple to part ways a second time, Dylan would have to become something he isn’t. I decided that one break up was enough and that they could have their happy ending when they meet again in New York.
How do you usually celebrate release day?
Release days are usually so hectic I don’t get much time to celebrate, but I typically go out for a nice meal and a few drinks at some stage in the week to mark the occasion. Sometimes I buy myself cake 🙂
What does your writing process and space look like? Anything that’s required to get your inspiration flowing?
I actually have an office now, but I never feel like using it. That’s terrible, isn’t it? Maybe I need to Feng shui the space or something, lol. The weather’s been so cold lately I just want to be cosy all the time, so I usually end up writing in bed or on the couch wrapped in a blanket. I think my belated new years resolution will be to use my office for writing more.
To get the inspiration flowing, I always have put my soundtrack on first. It’s weird, but if I start writing without music I can’t get into the right mindset.
If you weren’t writing, what else do you think you’d be doing?
That’s a hard question. Sometimes I think I’d be an editor, then others I like to imagine myself doing something with food. Although that’s probably more to do with my desire to eat it than anything else!
What are you working on next?
Next I’m going to be working on the first book in my Running on Air series, Off the Air, which is a spin-off from the final book in my Hearts series. I will also be working on the fourth book in my Rugby series with Penny Reid.
Available February 6, 2018!
Released: February 6, 2018
Series: Cracks #2
He came back to me 16 minutes and 59 seconds into Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7.
We parted amid tragedy, so it seemed poetic. Dylan O’Dea, my childhood sweetheart, had once meant everything to me. Now we were strangers, and honestly, after eleven years I never thought I’d see him again.
I lived in the world of the average, of getting paid by the hour and budgeting to make ends meet. But Dylan, he lived in the world of wealth and success. He’d achieved the great things I always suspected he would. The dissatisfaction he’d felt as a teenager had obviously been an excellent motivator.
He started a business from scratch, pioneered a brand, and created perfumes adored by women across the globe. I was just one of the people who’d been there before. Now he was living his best life in the after.
And me, well, I’d been in a dark place for a while. Slowly but surely, I was letting the light back in, but there was something missing. I was an unfinished sentence with an ellipsis at the end. And maybe, if I was brave enough to take the chance, Dylan could be my happy ending.
How the Light Gets In is Book #2 and the concluding instalment in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.
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SIGNED paperbacks of both books in the Cracks duet
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