What happens when an actress with a penchant for song decides to pick up a pen? A Broadway romance writer is born. Canada’s own Lauren Lamoureaux has released her first novel, The Wicked Stage, in December 2016 and created a new lane for herself as an author. Using her experience as a performer, this sexy writer weaves a tale filled with lust, lies, and lyrics. I also learned a fun word that I am going to use in my writing one of these days: ‘showmance’.
Read on as Lauren shares with us her unique writing influences, why she chose the theater as a romantic backdrop, and how the Toronto native learned all about New York from up north.
Hi, thanks for agreeing to this interview. In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Canadian author and actress/singer/director based in Toronto but currently living elsewhere. I majored in musical theater and creative writing before finishing with a degree in theater. Also, I’m not-so-secretly a huge nerd. I’m still waiting for a handsome baritone to seduce me with a duet, which isn’t as common in this business as one might think.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve always been writing in some form. I started with comics when I was a kid, which led to a love for crafting fanfic in my teens. In college, I dabbled in writing screenplays and YA sci-fi. While I’m still pursuing the latter two, it felt only natural for my debut to be heavily influenced by my love of theater.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
I have stories to tell and a knack for telling them. Some people just daydream ‘what-ifs?’ and carry on; I don’t wake up until I know what happens.
Tell us about your latest project.
My debut contemporary erotic romance, The Wicked Stage, is about two Broadway co-stars falling in lust and love during rehearsals for a sexy new musical. It’s equal parts nerdy and naughty.
Who is your ideal reader?
Mainly, theater fans who love romance and romance readers who like theater (and even those who don’t, I hope). I tried, while still being accurate to the setting, to make it accessible enough that non-theater people will be drawn to the highly romantic concept. Put a group of extremely talented, extremely sexy people in the same room for weeks or even months, and you’re bound to see feelings develop. Add intimate rehearsal situations and a casting process based on sexual chemistry, and you’re playing with fire.
~ ‘[The Wicked Stage] is equal parts nerdy and naughty.’ ~
How do you create your characters and build your worlds? Are you a planner or a pantser?
I started with what I knew from my own experiences in theater, picked a few very sexy inspirations for my hero and heroine, and built around them. It’s been a while since I’ve been in New York. Since the story’s backdrops include real NYC locations – 42nd Street Studios, Radio City Music Hall, and an actual Broadway theater – research was integral. I even wrote an outline and song list for the fictional musical my protagonists star in. As you can probably guess, I’m definitely a planner – obsessively so. It takes longer, but I find that it’s worth it. I also write query letters/book blurbs before I begin, just to make sure the idea is engaging enough to be worth pursuing. If I can’t, it’s not ready.
Who do you consider your literary influences?
This is a tough one. I read everything: erotica, Victorian early sci-fi, young adult fantasy and nearly everything in between. So it’s hard for me to specify one or two authors out of thousands. I like to think that every book I read influences my writing in some way – whether through theme, world-building, or character.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Sitting and getting the words down. You can create entire movies in your mind, but once you go to write them, sometimes they’re nothing more than flashes of images that every sentence fails to capture at first. It takes a lot of time and a lot of focus to find the right one.
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Study your genre, find out what about it grabs you, and figure out why.
- Follow agents on Twitter (agents’ blogs and recommended posts often offer amazing insights and advice on common pitfalls to avoid).
- Find beta readers and critique partners you know you can work with.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on two contemporary romances: She’s the Boss, a tale about a female CEO and the alpha male exec who expected her job, and Ex-Rated, a story about a travel writer who begins dating three of her exes again to decide whom she’ll take on a couples-only luxury vacation.
What are you currently reading?
I’ve got my hands full with beta-reading for friends, but I have a long list of books I’m looking forward to soon!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t just write what you know – write what you love. That’s what will keep you motivated on days the words just aren’t there. That’s the great thing about writing: you can live in that world a little and find your way back.
Thanks for joining us today. Readers, feel free to stalk this sexy author at the following links:
Website & Blog: www.laurenlamoureaux.wordpress.com