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Title: Two Alone in Dublin
Author: Lucy Carey
Publisher: Self Published
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian Romance
Surrounded by one million people in Dublin city, two women feel very alone. One a university student from a small town in the Irish countryside, the other an adventurous spirit from a city in Brazil, they’ve both been searching for the other among the irritations and noise of everyday life…
We are here today to talk about Two Alone in Dublin. What can you tell us about it?
It’s called “Two Alone in Dublin: A Lesbian Love Story” and it follows a red-head, Irish college student, Susie, and a sultry Brazilian coffee barista, Mariana. Both are living in Dublin for just a few years and both are really lonely. And then, by chance, they meet in the coffee shop where Mariana works.
If you like sweet, meet cute stories, or just want to read a true-to-life lesbian romance, this is the story for you!
Tell us more about the main characters?
Susie is a young woman from a tiny, unremarkable town in the Irish countryside. She’s in her final year at college and is about 9 parts stress, 1 part human at this moment in time. She’s hardworking and diligent but maybe a little tightly wound for her own good.
Mariana is bright, breezy, and very likable, but her easy nature is masking a lot of sadness and loneliness. She’s on her own in a city thousands of miles from the one where she grew up. She’s strong and tough but she needs someone to lean on, too.
It’s a city I’m very familiar with having lived there and somewhere I thought readers would enjoy discovering more about. I wanted to show Dublin through a “local”’s eyes rather than in a “travel guide” style.
If you were having a coffee klatch, name five characters, each from a different book (not your own), with whom you’d like to share that special time with?
Hmm… I would pick Jo from Little Women as she’s tough, fun, and someone I could talk to a lot; Bridget Jones for the sheer hilarity of the night (though the food might be dodgy if she cooked!); Tyler Durden from Fight Club because the evening would never be dull (he might count as two guests but I hope you’ll overlook that…); Dexter Morgan (from the Darkly Dreaming Dexter series) to deal with any troublesome guests; and Emma from David Nicholl’s One Fine Day so I could tell her to stop putting up with Dexter (no relation to Mr. Morgan) and his crap and lack of commitment.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
Plotting is, without doubt, the toughest part of it for me. I love to write characters—I like to study people to figure out what makes them tick—but in my own life, I can be a little passive. That means that when it comes to deciding what even fictional people should do, I struggle. I’m working on it but it’s hard work sometimes.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I am reading Music for Torching by A. M. Homes, a story about a dysfunctional but not unusual suburban couple who set fire to their house. It’s a good read so far. Next on the list is a book about Anonymous, bought for me by a good friend. Looks like an interesting read.
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
This is my first time to publish a book and I have! There aren’t a lot to read yet but I will take note of all opinions—both positive and negative. Both are essential to writing well, I think, as long as they’re constructive. So if there are things people really like or just hate, I’ll keep those things in mind when I write my next story.
Rapid Fire time:
- Train or Plane? Ooh…train!
- Beach or Mountains? Beach!
- Vodka or Tequila? Vodka. (Tequila makes me ill!)
- Tea or Coffee? Definitely tea!
- Favorite Color? Purple
- Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
- Morning or night? Really early morning
- Australia or England? England—it’s closer! (I still live in Ireland)
What are you working on? What is next?
Right now, I am working on a series of erotic shorts—lesbian and bisexual—which I hope to start releasing early next year. They’ll be a lot kinkier than the current story.
I’m also planning a full-length lesbian romance novel, which I hope to have completed by the middle of the year. Keep an eye out!
The big leather armchair was as comfortable as it had looked, Susie noted, as she allowed the soft padding to mould to her weary frame. The café was warm too, a balm to the heavy rain beginning to dash against the windows. The torrent of the raindrops, together with the hissing of coffee machines and the rumble of a dishwasher beat a rhythm in Susie’s ears. She leaned on the arm of the chair to better tune into the sounds and as she did, she heard quietly in the background someone humming. She strained to place the tune but it was not one she recognised. The humming was soft and sweet but Susie thought she caught a sadness in it, a faint but distinct longing. She scanned the room to find the source and her gaze settled on a short woman wiping down tables.
Susie moved the hand she was leaning on to hide her eyes, splaying her fingers to peek out and watch unobserved. The woman was foreign, Susie thought. Latina maybe. Her skin was dark and smooth—not freshly tanned, but a world away from Susie’s own pale skin. As the woman moved to another table, the curve of her hips moved too under a pencil skirt, her ample breasts heaving slightly as she swiped the cloth from edge to edge of the table.
Susie closed her eyes to listen to her humming a little while until her coffee came…
About the Author:
Lucy Carey, Lesbian and Bisexual Romance and Erotic-Fiction Writer
I am a 30-year-old bisexual author who writes the kind of fiction I think other LGBTQ women want to read.
As someone born and raised in Ireland, let me assure you: our country is beautiful…and so are its women.
I aim to introduce you to the best of both—the stunning scenery of the Emerald Isle and its funny, complex, gorgeous, lesbian and bisexual women. I hope you enjoy it.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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