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Espresso Tales: Coffee with Leanne Lovegrove

This week on Espresso Tales, my guest is Australian author, Leanne Lovegrove, whose second novel, Illegal Love, has recently launched.

Leanne is a lawyer, wife and mother and lover of romance and reading. Her law career has caused her addiction to coffee and pinot noir but provides her with countless story ideas. Leanne lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and children.

Megan: Leanne, welcome to Espresso Tales. Can I offer you a coffee?

Leanne: My favourite coffee is a flat white, but I’ll drink my coffee in any form as long as it’s strong and hot!

Megan: Couldn't agree more. I really enjoyed your first book, Unexpected Delivery, and I know you have a new book out. Tell me a little about it.

Leanne: Illegal Love was released on 10 May 2019. It's the story of Kate and Nick and how they should never have fallen in love.

Three years ago, Kate Penrose lost her husband in a tragic accident on their honeymoon. Now, she’s trying to piece her life back together, focus on her career as a teacher and avoid any future heartbreak.

Nick Harding is a successful criminal defence lawyer. He was invincible, that is, until he can’t acquit the leader of the Warlocks motorcycle gang on violent offences. The gang aren’t happy. Nick is no longer bulletproof as the Warlocks seek revenge. Above all else, Nick must keep his thirteen-year-old daughter safe.

As Kate and Nick fall for each other, the gang’s escalating threats place their lives in danger.

Kate has to decide if loving Nick is worth the risk. I hope everyone loves Kate and Nick as much as I do!

Megan: It sounds great. I'm really looking forward to reading it. How do you write? Do you have any rituals?

Leanne: As a mother and someone who has a day job, I’m a snatch and grab writer. I write at anytime and anywhere. I’ve become quite adept at doing this. When I’m writing a manuscript I make a commitment to myself to write for at least ten minutes per day. I find this a very realistic and practical approach and one that can be easily achieved. Plus, if I commit to this, it keeps my story alive in my head and makes it very easy to pick up where I left off. And, inevitably, I always find that I spend way longer than ten minutes which is a fabulous result. Otherwise, no rituals, usually though, I have a cup of tea or coffee next to me and sometimes, our Maltese puppy dog as well.

Megan: How do you write? Do you plan out your books or take them as they come?

Leanne: I am a plotter! I have a very clear vision of my story before I write. I draft maps for each of my characters, even the more minor ones. I will write an outline, sometimes this might be just a few rough scenes or it might end up being quite a number of pages. I need to know where I ‘m heading as it progresses and yes, of course, it does change as I write the story as new ideas form or characters act unexpectedly and I’m very happy to adapt, I’m not stuck with what I have outlined. I’m also quite visual, so I like to have photo inspiration of my characters and of the place where the story is set.

Megan: I love using photos too. It's a great way to help build characters in my mind. What sort of books do you like to read? What was the last book you read?

Leanne: My favourite books to read always have these elements – a fantastic setting, romance, secrets, loss and unforgettable characters that triumph over adversity. I love reading Kate Morton, Hannah Richell and Belinda Alexander. The most recent book I’ve read and loved is the latest release by Lucinda Riley, The Butterfly Room. It’s a sweeping saga that keeps you turning the pages and ultimately surprises you with its twists and turns. It’s full of secrets and set in Suffolk, England in the most beautiful old Estate. I devoured it in a weekend. But I also love reading Australian romance/women fiction authors and we have so many talented writers that I just need to find the time to read them all.

Megan: Thank you so much for joining me and telling me about Illegal Love. I can't wait to read it.

Leanne: Thank you so much for having me Megan! I really appreciate it.

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