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Author spotlight: Louisa Masters

27 January 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Louisa Masters. She will be attending ARR2020 in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

In my mid-twenties. I’d been writing since I was about ten, but it embarrassingly didn’t occur to me to write what I loved to read, which was romance, until then. I knew I’d made the right decision when the words came so much more smoothly!

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

This is a really hard question, because in my early days of reading romance, it was about what I could get my hands on rather than any selection process. I was eleven years old and sneaking ‘adult’ books where nobody could see. My first foray into the genre was mainly old Mills & Boons and 80s and early 90s historical romance. The authors I first began actively looking for books by were probably Johanna Lindsay and Penny Jordan.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I have a stack of half-finished fantasy novels, and I’d really like one day to finish one. It would probably end up being fantasy romance, though, because I can’t imagine forfeiting the romantic tension and happily ever after.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Oooohhh … tricky! I think it would have to be I’ve Got This, and if I could have anyone I wanted for the lead roles, Ryan Gosling would be Derek and Liam Hemsworth would be Trav. But I might change my mind tomorrow.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Translating the cinematic masterpiece in my head into words on the paper. The words never seem quite right to capture what I envision.

What is your favourite place to write?

I don’t really have one. I don’t write well if there are distractions, so I’m not one of those authors who can work in a busy cafe or a doctor’s waiting room, but other than that, I write at my desk, on the couch, in bed … anywhere I can comfortably use my laptop.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Yes, absolutely. Some of them are a kind of Frankenstein hodge-podge of several people, and there’s a tiny autobiographical element to every character I write, but I definitely take character inspiration from real life.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

Rather than the last romance I loved (because I love many) let me name the book that blew me away for 2019: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. This is a book I didn’t want to read to begin with and that I’ve now read three times and recommend to everyone I think may like it. The characterisation is utterly brilliant, and there were parts I absolutely hated and yet couldn’t stop reading. It’s a book in which I think a lot of people will find something to relate to.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

I’ve Got This. Derek Bryer loves his life. His job as an assistant director at Joy Universe, the second-largest theme park complex on the planet, makes him indirectly responsible for bringing joy to millions of people. So what if none of his relationships are that close? Everyone he meets loves him. Except Trav Jones. For some reason, the visiting Broadway performer would rather Derek just go away. He appreciates Derek’s work ethic, though, and after Trav steps up when Derek desperately needs someone to fill in for his sick staff, Derek seizes the chance to convince Trav he’s not such a bad guy.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

The second book in the Joy Universe series will be released in late February and is available for preorder now, and the third is set for release in May. Meanwhile, the M/F spinoff book for my Met His Match series will be releasing in April, and I’ll have pre-release paperback copies available exclusively for A Romantic Rendezvous. Preorder to avoid missing out!

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.



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