Rachel Lyndhurst is the author of Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire, a recent release from Entangled Publishing under their new Indulgence imprint. Rachel visited the virtual offices to tell us about her book, and after the interview, you can enter for you chance to win Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Rachel Lyndhurst] English romantic novelist, mother of two and ex accountant. Lover of wine and lipstick. Does not dust. Would like a villa on the Amalfi.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] Here’s the blurb:
Or that’s what it feels like to Kizzy Dean when a business disagreement with arrogant Greek lawyer Andreas Lazarides leaves her no choice but to accompany him to the Greek Isle of Rhodes. It doesn’t help matters that this sexy brooding stranger, who is unaccustomed to the word No and the very idea of commitment, shows her what it feels like to be truly desired.
Amidst the ancient myths and alleyways, tensions run high as Kizzy feels an immediate attraction for the man she wants to both ravage and strangle.
Accustomed to gold-digging women, Andreas is mesmerized by Kizzy’s feisty nature and Gypsy beauty. Guilt and sorrow have been his only bedfellows since his sister’s death, but Kizzy stirs up a desire he’s unwilling to succumb to . . . until she makes him an offer he simply can’t refuse.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] The main location of the book was inspired by visiting Lindos in Rhodes. I was fascinated by the Greek Legends associated with it; particularly the story of Helios the sun god and his demi-god son, Phaeton. It’s a tale of what can happen if you don’t do as your father tells you, a fiery battle of disobedience and death which inspired Andreas’ background. And naturally, Andreas is Greek.
I’ve been a member of Amnesty International for many years which has raised my awareness of many issues that rarely make the daily news. They send me regular magazines and sometimes I’m brave enough to read them. In one particular issue there was an article about human rights abuse of Roma in Europe. I did some research on the subject and came across a photograph that still haunts me: a small boy playing an accordion, begging for money. He’s featured in the book and it was this subject matter that made me give Kizzy, the heroine, gypsy (Roma) roots. Kizzy comes from an industrial British port as I wanted her world to be as different as possible from that of the billionaire Andreas.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] Finding Greek terms of endearment, expletives and phrases that could be written down in English. I have yet to find a phonetic Greek dictionary – thank goodness for the Internet and Twitter!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kizzy?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] Alone, beautiful and naughty.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Andreas would never have in his bathroom?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] Anything manufactured by Just For Men. Lad magazines. A rubber duckie.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] That would probably be my great granny. She died when I was six, but she taught me to read before I even went to school. She was also a wonderful artist and spent hours telling me stories off the top of her head. And her house smelt of beer!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] Tea. No children within two metres. Hardware (Pen, paper or laptop!)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. It still makes me shiver with excitement when I see a copy and I’ve read it to my own children. We’ve a massive tree at the bottom of our garden and I often wonder …
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] I should say jogging or something, but I really do like to rummage around antique shops, lie in the sun, read, and drink wine.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Rachel Lyndhurst] My social networking links are:
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks!
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