1. Hi Pippa, welcome to Amanda Writes. Please tell readers a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Pippa Roscoe, and I am a writer for the Harlequin Presents line. I live in Norfolk, in a little cottage with a fantastic view of fields from my garden – it’s cold in the winter, but lovely and sunny in the summer! I’m a coffee fiend and I am absolutely abominable without my fix in the morning.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and what inspired your first book?
I was at university when I first realized I wanted to write, but didn’t really think it would ever happen, so I took a detour via the television industry and then, later, became an editor. The inspiration from my first book was my love of ‘real time’ story telling. I was obsessed with 24 when it hit our tv screens, and couldn’t help but wonder if I could write a romance with the same ‘real time’ quality. Once that question was in my mind, it just wouldn’t quit! So Conquering His Virgin Queen takes place over twelve hours – an hour for each chapter.
3. Plotter or panster?
An extreme plotter! I start with a chapter breakdown, and flesh that out to almost 1,000 words per chapter before writing. I LOVE the plotting stage.
4. What is the title of your upcoming release and can you talk briefly about it?
My debut book is out now, called Conquering His Virgin Queen. Sheikh Odir Farouk has twelve hours to get his wife to return to his side if he wants to save his country. But she most definitely has other plans!
5. What message do you anticipate readers to draw from this story?
That we have to grow as individuals, accept our hurts and love ourselves, before we’re able to truly find our happy ever afters.
6. What book is on top of your TBR pile?
Anything by Christopher Brookmyre or Nick Harkaway.
7. How long does it take you to write the first draft of a story?
That’s a tricky question, because the first seeds of inspiration for a story happen all the time, and I tend to have ideas ticking along in the back ground even while I’m writing my current work in progress. But from when I start the plotting and get my teeth really into the story? About three months, before revisions.
8. Have you ever been stuck with writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
I’ve had a few flirtations with it, and I can honestly say, it’s not fun! But if I’m stuck on a particular scene, then it’s often because there’s something wrong with the bit just before that scene. Either the character’s motivations aren’t quite right, or the tone is perhaps too soft. I love high drama, so often I need to make sure that there is enough dramatic tension to feed the scene. But sometimes, if I am just having trouble focusing, I open up a blank page and start the scene I’m trying to write. That way, it feels easier to play around with it, delete it or change it, rather than having it part of the larger book that I may have to later unpick.
9. What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the second book in my Winners’ Circle Trilogy – a powerful, brooding Greek hero, his fabulous heroine and their secret one night baby!
10. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Have fun with it! This job is not easy, and the love and joy you have for your stories and your characters will keep you going through the good and the bad. Revisions are the kindest gift you can be given – they will make your book stronger! And you have to send it in. You can be the best writer in the world, but if no one can read your book, no one will ever know!
Six months ago, their marriage ended…
He has twelve hours to claim her back!
Odir Farouk is about to become king—but to take his throne, he needs his errant wife by his side! Odir denied his hunger for Eloise, refusing to compromise power for passion. His rejection drove her away. Now Odir has until news of his succession breaks to win back his queen…and pleasure will be his most powerful weapon!
Mills & Boon author Pippa Roscoe lives in Norfolk near her family and makes daily promises that this will be the day she will leave the computer and take a long walk in the countryside. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t dreaming of gorgeous alpha males and misunderstood heroines. Totally her mother’s fault of course—she gave Pippa her first romance to read at the age of seven! She is inconceivably happy that she gets to share those daydreams with her readers.