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Author Interview: The Cornish Key to Happiness by Laura Briggs! #blogtour

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Title: The Cornish Key to Happiness
Author: Laura Briggs
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Women Fiction
Pages: 159
Kindle Edition only

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Laura Briggs for the opportunity to take part of The Cornish Key to Happiness Blog Tour!

About The Book

Past secrets return to complicate Maisie’s future with the charming Sidney Daniels in the final installment of the Cornish romance series.

Picking up where book seven left off, Maisie’s plans to celebrate her book’s thrilling news remain on hold after Sidney has vanished from Port Hewer overnight, following a brush with his secret past. His departure leaves Maisie with a head full of questions and a heart torn in two, made even worse by the rumors flying about him through the town. Where and why has he gone? Will he ever come back again? And—foremost in Maisie’s mind—was the heartache from his younger days somehow to blame for his sudden and mysterious flight?

But when Dean convinces her that Sidney may be facing a choice that could ruin his life, Maisie must set out to find him, once again leaving behind the Cornish seaside haven of Port Hewer she’s come to think of as home, and leaving behind the answer to a secret she’s been longing to know since the beginning. Not knowing when or if she’ll return, she’s taking the biggest risk with her heart so far…and the truth she discovers waiting for her at the end of her journey will make her wonder if things can ever possibly be the same as they were before.

Questions are answered, secrets are spilled, and the biggest reveal of the series is finally unveiled as A LITTLE HOTEL IN CORNWALL reaches its exciting conclusion.

The Interview

  1. Tell me a bit about yourself
    Hi, and thanks so much for letting me drop by and chat! I’m a full-time writer who lives in the country. In my free time, I do some gardening and reading, and I also enjoy a bit of baking now and then too.
  2. Tell me about your current book that you are releasing.
    It’s called The Cornish Key to Happiness and is the eighth and final installment in my feel-good series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’. It’s full of romance and surprises and well-kept secrets being spilled as amateur novelist Maisie Clark navigates a bumpy road to happy ever after.
  3. Can you tell me about the books you have written? Was there one you love writing more than the others?
    My books tend to be escapist style romances, where idyllic settings and quirky characters abound. It’s hard to choose an absolute favourite, but book four in ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ is one that stands out as an especially fun experience to work on. Titled The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise, it found Maisie caught up in a bit of intrigue involving an infamous jewel thief and a special display of priceless antiques at the hotel where she works.
  4. Are you working on any books/projects currently?
    Right now I’m writing a manuscript to release next year for my other romance series. It continues the adventures of Julianne Rose, an event planner, mom, and wife in an idyllic Cornish village where exciting events are never in short supply, from weddings to charity balls and holiday celebrations.
  5. Who are/is your favourite character/s that you have created? Was this character based on someone you know/knew?
    Ooh, that is a really tough question! Once again, I’m not sure I could choose a favourite because there are so many I’ve enjoyed writing about. But I will say that I’m much more likely to find inspiration from other sources of fiction—such as Poldark, Grantchester, and Me Before You to name a few—rather than basing any characters on someone I’ve actually met.
  6. Do you often hear feedback from your readers? Has there been any feedback that stuck out the most?
    Readers do often leave some much appreciated feedback in the form of reviews and social media comments. It’s lovely to hear from anyone who enjoys the books, but if I had to choose ones that stand out I would say it’s those who mention the books have brightened their day during a tough time.
  7. How did you publish your book?
    This newest book was one of my self-published ones, though I’ve done both traditional and independent publishing in the past.
  8. How did it feel when your first copies of your book came through?
    It’s always exciting when a new book is getting published. As far as print copies go, several of my books are novella length, so I don’t usually see those in paperback until they are part of a series anthology. But it’s thrilling to see your book in print, an experience I’m grateful to have had a few times.
  9. What was the hardest scene that you have had to write?
    Any scene involving illness or death is always more difficult to write, and even though most of my books fall within the chick lit category, such serious subjects do sometimes come up.
  10. Have you ever had writers block? How did you get past it?
    I’ve had it now and then. I think what helps me the most is simply to take a small break and focus on something else or maybe take some time outside in the fresh air.
  11. How long does it usually take you to write a book?
    Since a lot of the books I write tend to be novella length, it often takes less than three months to have a first draft.
  12. What is your most productive writing space/area?
    My living room. I cue up a music playlist or maybe some television in the background (Midsomer Murders is a favourite binge watching choice for me!).
  13. What was your favourite book growing up?
    I remember loving adventure novels like The Prisoner of Zenda and The Scarlett Pimpernel. Jane Austen books also became some of my favourites (especially Sense and Sensibility), as well as mystery novels by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart.
  14. Are there any authors you inspired to be like?
    Not exactly, although I definitely admire a lot of different styles and feel inspired to try new things in my own work when I read something great.
  15. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
    I don’t remember a particular moment, I’m afraid. But I had loved books for a long time and had majored in English in college. It seemed like a natural choice somehow.
  16. What is your greatest achievement to date?
    Hmmmm. As far as writing goes, I think it’s probably the fact that I can make a living off of my books. So many writers don’t have that opportunity and so I’m really grateful for the chance to make it my full-time job.
  17. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
    Some relaxing time outdoors is always great. Spending time with family and friends, caring for my pets, reading, gardening, trying new recipes, and lots of other activities. I also love to travel when I can and hope to visit more spots in the UK and Europe in the coming years.
  18. Do you have any tips for authors that are just starting out in their writing journey?
    To write the kind of story that would catch their attention as a reader.
  19. Is there anything you’d like to add?
    Just to say thanks again for letting me share with your readers today!

About The Author

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.


Happy Reading, x

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