Today, Book Chick City gives a warm welcome to Lorraine Wilson, author of the fun Contemporary Romance, Confessions of A Chalet Girl, published by Harper Impulse. This is Lorraine’s first novella, although she has had a short story published in the anthology, Blaze. Lorraine is here today to talk about her book and what she has in the pipeline.
Hi, Lorraine, welcome to Book Chick City. Congratulations on the publication of Confessions of a Chalet Girl. Can you please tell us a bit more about your book?
Thanks and thank you for letting me visit! Confessions of a Chalet Girl is a fun, flirty read set in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous. A recent Goodreads review said it was “All in all a fun and cute romance with some steamy scenes.” I’m pretty happy with that summary!
My Pinterest Story Board is probably the best way to get the flavour of the story.
Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
I’ve always loved Switzerland and think the Alps are a great dramatic backdrop for a story. Plus you’ve got outdoor hot tubs, roaring log fires, it’s snowing…all pretty romantic! I got the idea for the opening of the novel when I discovered a bar in Verbier called Wonderbar that offers free shots for girls willing to take their bras off. I imagined how I’d feel if I was put in that situation and feeling the pressure to join in when I’d rather go jump in a snowdrift and that was how the story began.
Which character was the most fun to write and which one did you find most difficult?
I enjoyed writing Holly and um, it was quite fun writing the sex scenes! I have one character, Magda, who is not very nice at all in the story, I didn’t exactly have difficulty writing her but I didn’t like her. I think most women have met a Magda at some point in their lives!
Where and when do you write?
I’m coping with a serious brain injury and spinal injuries so I have difficulties with the process of writing. I also have bad days when I can’t do anything. So I basically write whenever I possibly can, whenever my body lets me!
Are you working on anything at the moment? Can you tell us a bit more if you are?
I’m working on another Chalet Girl novella. Scott and Holly will feature in it but it will basically tell the tale of two brand new characters.
Richard Curtis, (famous movie maker of such films as Love Actually), wants to make a movie version of your book. Who would you cast in the film?
Michael Weatherly from NCIS is my inspiration for Scott (see Pinterest board) and Isla Fisher would be perfect for Holly.
I noticed on your website that you also design and make handbags. (Gemma: I can see our fellow reviewer, Laura, rushing to your website to have a look. She is a handbag fanatic!) How did you get into this side venture?
After my brain injury four years ago I became desperate to find something I was able to do while sick and find sewing a great distraction from pain. I turn to sewing and all things crafty when I’m not well enough to write. You can see some of my designs here.
Keeping in with the skiing theme, who would your fantasy ski instructor be? And would we find you on the slopes, or in the lodge drinking hot chocolate? (Gemma: I’d “sprain” my ankle on the first day and then spend the rest of my time in the lodge reading and drinking hot chocolate. Hopefully, a Channing Tatum or Jeremy Renner look-a-like would be there to look after me!)
You’d find me up on the slopes but instead of skiing I’d be sitting at a mountain cantine in the sunshine, drinking hot chocolate. I wouldn’t say no if Michael Weatherly or Chris O’Donnell wanted to join me but my husband might have something to say about that!
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
Hmm, I’m not sure. I honestly can’t imagine not writing but I suppose I’d be doing something arty or creative in some way. It’s only in creating, whether it’s handbags or stories, that I feel really fulfilled.
Finish this sentence: Writing is the greatest job in the world because…
Of all the endless possibilities. There is always another story to write.
Thanks for your time and good luck with Confessions of a Chalet Girl!
Lorraine Wilson lives in Wiltshire, England, with her husband but loves to travel and has lived in four continents. From playing amidst Roman ruins in Africa as a child to riding a Sultan’s racehorse in the Middle East as a teen, she has had many experiences to draw on for the stories she has been writing ever since she can remember. When she isn’t writing you’ll find her listening to audiobooks while she sews or designs handbags, usually with a rescue terrier or two curled up on her feet!