Hi Laura. It’s lovely to welcome you to Novel Kicks today and happy book birthday for A Wedding in Cornwall. Can you tell me a little about it and what inspired it?
Thanks so much, and very excited to share with your readers today! The romance read A Wedding in Cornwall is the first novella in a series that focuses on an American event planner’s adventures working at a Cornish manor house in a remote village. It was heavily inspired by other Cornish-themed stories, including the television shows Poldark and Doc Martin.
What’s your writing process like, from idea to final draft and how has it evolved from your first novel?
My writing process is actually much the same as when I first started. I usually start with brainstorming some notes, and then create an outline. This can range from anything from a few lines to describe each scene to a more full-blown, descriptive document outlining what happens in the story. From there, it’s just a matter of getting it all on paper and then onto revisions and editing for the final draft.
Where do you like to write, do you prefer silence and do you write longhand? Need coffee?
I work with a laptop, but my work station is most often in my living room (usually with a cat or two on hand for company!). I often work to music or sometimes a favourite television program, although silence is okay too. No coffee, but occasionally a cup of hot chocolate in the winter time!
What elements need to be in place for beginning a novel?
For me, the basic events of the story need to be outlined, so I don’t get too off track, so to speak! And I need to have some basic notes on character background too, even though certain things about both plot or characters may change as the story goes on paper.
Do you think plot or character is more important?
Ooh, that’s a tough one! I’m not sure I could choose, since both need to be strong to keep readers turning pages. I do think even if a character isn’t likable, it’s still essential for a reader to find them interesting and be invested in their fate.
Which fictional world would you like to visit?
I think it would be fun to visit one of Jane Austen’s book settings, like in the television series Lost in Austen.
How important a decision are character names and how do you pick yours?
Sometimes a name will just seem like an obvious choice but other times I may have to hunt through a baby name book for several possibilities. There have been a few times when a character’s name changed after the first draft was complete, but that’s not terribly common for me!
Which songs would be on a playlist for A Wedding in Cornwall?
Love songs, ranging from oldies to country to light pop.
What’s your favourite word and why?
I’m not sure, actually! But I do enjoy learning about another culture’s slang, as I have with some of my Cornish stories.
What are the most common mistakes beginners make?
I’ve always heard that putting too much backstory/explanation at the start of the story is a common mistake, and I can definitely understand how. Even as a writer with several novels behind them, I still struggle with how much detail to share at the beginning of a book sometimes!
Any other advice for new writers?
Just to write about something you enjoy, since it really makes a huge difference to both the book and the reader, I feel.
More about Laura…
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’.
She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
About A Wedding in Cornwall…
It’s the career move of a lifetime, and Julianne can’t believe it’s hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, England, beginning with the wedding of a celebrity! If her old firm’s senior planner back in the States hadn’t fallen suddenly sick with the chicken pox, Julianne would never have found herself chosen for a life in one of England’s most beautiful coastal counties, surrounded by rugged shores, quaint cottages, elegant gardens and a house to die for.
But life in Cornwall isn’t exactly as Julianne imagined it. Her first bride-to-be is a resentful, petted snob, the groom is immature and bored, and the Cornish staff of Cliffs House has a difficult time believing that an event planner from a mid-level position can handle a wedding this big. And then there’s a personal matter — the handsome, sometimes charming, sometimes standoffish gardener Matthew Rose. He and Julianne have a strangely complicated relationship somewhere between friendship and attraction. But with a secret in his past, and a scheming bridesmaid plotting to have Matthew all to herself, will Julianne find a way to untangle her feelings and the problems of planning a perfect Cornish wedding?
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