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Lia Louis lives in the United Kingdom with her partner and three young children. Before raising a family, she worked as a freelance copywriter and proofreader. She was the 2015 winner of Elle magazine’s annual writing competition and has been a contributor for Bloomsbury’s Writers’ and Artists’ blog for aspiring writers. She is the author of Somewhere Close to HappyDear Emmie Blue, and Eight Perfect Hours.

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What’s the strangest thing you searched for on the internet for your novel?

I spent a long time on Google Street View, walking street after street in France for Dear Emmie Blue, which was a very strange but enjoyable way to spend a few days. I also researched quite extensively. how to become qualified in rheumatology for Ed in Eight Perfect Hours. You learn a lot when you’re writing books! 

What book (or author) made you fall in love with the romance genre?

A mixture of Helen Fielding and the Bridget Jones’ books, and anything by Marian Keyes and Louise Rennison. 

What is your favourite trope? Why?

I like enemies to lovers and also, friends to lovers. I’m a sucker for unrequited love and slow-burn angst, and these tropes usually have plenty of that! I love having to wait and wait for a kiss to happen! 

It’s the morning after, and a lover is making your main character the perfect breakfast in bed. What is it?

Ohhhh, something like waffles with strawberries and plenty of melted chocolate. Strong coffee. And of course on a tray, with a flower (at least one!)  

What book are you reading currently? 

Impossible by Sarah Lotz. A love story about an impossible situation. Two people who are falling in love and desperate to meet, but are actually in different ‘times’/multi-verses! I’m just getting into it, and I’m really enjoying it. 

The rapid fire question – Would you rather receive fresh-cut flowers or fake plant?

Flowers, every time! Although I’m probably safer with a fake plant. I tend to kill plants despite trying not to!

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