Today we are sitting down with Isabelle Arran, author of Last Chance in Vegas!
LLP: Thanks for joining us today! Let’s start off by talking about what drew you to writing M/M romance.
Isabelle: I have always read romance, and my favorite kind of story is when two friends find each other and discover that their soulmate is closer than they thought. There’s just something so real about it – it’s what I think a lot of people dream about, their lover being their best friend. I started writing M/M because I was drawn to the characters. They arrived in my head and demanded that their stories be told.
LLP: Your first LLP book focused on a bachelor party in Vegas. Have you ever had a crazy night in Vegas?
Isabelle: I’ve been to Vegas twice, once with my husband and the second time with a group of friends. I wouldn’t say my visits were as crazy or wonderful as Jake & Nial’s night, but I had a lot of fun. Vegas is one of my favorite places to go!
LLP: Readers loved Jake and Nial! What’s your favorite type of hero?
Isabelle: Definitely one who has hidden depths and doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve. I like the characters I write and read to have to work for their Happy Ever After – it makes it all the more satisfying.
LLP: What does your writing space look like? Where do you write your Happy Ever Afters?
Isabelle: Until last week, I had a little desk under the stairs. It was tiny and enclosed on three sides. I kept knocking my elbows every time I tried to turn around!
LLP: Sounds like you were a bit like Harry Potter, living under the stairs!
Isabelle: Luckily, last week we reorganized the house a little and I now have a desk in the dining room. Still cramped, but at least I have a window!
LLP: Do you have any new stories in the pipeline?
Isabelle: I’m working on my next book for LoveLight Press, another novella, and so far I have way too many ideas. Of course I’m going to write all of them, it’s just choosing which one should come next that’s hard!
LLP: Tell us a bit about your early writing. What was the first thing you ever wrote?
Isabelle: When I was lot younger (early teens) I used to write a mish mash of Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/YA. It was all terrible, full of plot holes and will never see the light of day! I tell myself it was good practice…
LLP: Lots of authors will identify with that feeling! What advice would you give beginning writers who are just starting out their journey?
Isabelle: To be a writer you need to write. It sounds so simple but it’s one of the hardest things – life gets in the way, along with doubts and fears. Just remember, it doesn’t matter if you think its rubbish or if you want to delete everything you’ve just typed – you can always edit it later. Also, read lots of plot and structure books then figure out your own style, mixing and mashing everything you’ve just read together. But most important of all – don’t ever give up.
LLP: That’s good advice! When you were developing your writing style, did anyone influence you?
Isabelle: Everyone I’ve ever read influenced my development! (And that’s a whole lot of authors!) I think I’ve probably read something from every genre and have absorbed so much. It helps that I’m a bookworm and like nothing more than curling up with a cup of tea and a good book. Reading helps with inspiration and counts as research. That’s my excuse anyway!