the new release from erotic romance author Chloe Thurlow.
Chloe Thurlow is an amazing blogger with her short, dynamic and sometimes controversal essays. When she's not working on her blogs she's writing steamy erotic romance. Chloe is super busy these days with a new release and a huge blog tour. We are super lucky to have her stop by today!
Thanks for joining us today, Chloe. This book, Katie is Love is brilliantly written. Is this your first book? How many books have you prior?
Katie in Love is my 6th novel, but it is the first I have self-published and the first time I feel as if my blood, sweat and very soul appears pressed between the pages.
You put alot of work into the book and it shows. It's obvious you LOVE to write. How naughty do you get with your writing? Are we talking just suggestion or downright bondage?
Erotica is a literary genre, so that blend of suggestion and the explicit should be nuanced. Sex should evolve from plot and all my books are always from the female point of view.
Readers love to hear the story behind the story. What inspired you to write your latest book? Is anything in the book based on someone you know or events in your own life?
Mmm. I met a man. I was bored with my job. I broke my finger falling on the ice in East London. I had been making notes and thinking about who I was, where I was going, what I wanted. I put all these thoughts into a big pot, sprinkled in some hot chilli erotica and stirred in a pinch of art, philosophy and politics to create a romance that would resonate with women and with our times.
Hmm... sounds like a tasty dish. How do you come up with your characters’ names?
The name Katie for Katie in Love dropped in my head like a leaf falling from the trees – Katie sound a bit like Chloe, of course, but that's just a coincidence. Tom is based on someone I know and love. I stole his personality, kindness and intellect to create Dr Bridge. Tom and Katie are very different: the seeds of attraction and conflict.
Those seeds of attraction & conflict make a book too good to put down. We appoligize to readers in advance if they suffer a book hangover from staying up all night reading. A good book is like a movie, except the reader sees the film in her head. If you could have any movie star take on a leading role, who would it be?
Emily Blunt would play Katie all the way to the Oscars in Katie in Love. Felicity Jones was born to play Bella in my first novel, The Secret Life of Girls.
LOVE Emily Blunt!!! Now back to writing, you are amazing but every author travels a journey. What would you say were the hardest scenes to write for you?
My earlier novels were personal growth, coming of age stories, and linear. There is an easy A to B to C structure. Katie in Love is a romance with reflection, regret, misunderstandings and envy (Katie for Tom's ex-girlfriend, a French cellist named Marie-France). Scenes where Katie is going through changes were complex and needed to be subtle. I tried to make the reader feel for Katie and identify with the pain of change. When Katie sees Marie-France performing in concert, her feelings are so sharp I wanted to prick the readers tear ducts into for a little sob of sympathy and empathy.
I think you handled the complexity with beauty and grace. Periodically a writer has to come up for air and visit real life. What is the strangest thing you’ve experienced while working on a story?
Two strange things happened: the first, when I started writing the book, I saw a woman jump from the Albert Bridge in Chelsea. She was swept away on the strong current. I learned later that she died and was reminded that all things are impermanent.
OMG!!! I can see how that can make one take a moment to remember the constant flow of life.
Another time, I was drinking cava with a girlfriend named Lizzie Woodham in a bar in Wardour Street. We saw two people I am sure were strangers, a woman in a gold dress and a man with a huge moustache, first dancing and then having sex in a dark booth in the corner of the bar. The girl reminded me of me when I was younger.
Lordy, I might have to ask you what you were like "back in the day". We could have fun swapping stories over a glass or four of vino. That will have to be saved for another day. Say, I like the simplicity of your book title. How did you come up with it?
My other books all have the word GIRL in the title. Katie in Love is a romance, and Katie is a woman, not a girl. I thought: mmm, I need the word LOVE. Now, who is the book really about? Katie. So, there it was: Katie in Love.
Readers will for sure love Katie in Love! Do you have anything you would like to say to your peeps in cyberland?
Yes, please buy my book. It changed my life and it may change yours, too
xx - Chloe
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Before you leave, folks want to know some fun stuff.
What is your:
Favorite drink: cava, same grapes as champagne, less fizzy, smoother and less alcohol content so you can drink more.
Favorite candy: dark chocolate.
Favorite food: pizza and ice cream. One day I will write the Pizza, Ice Cream and Cava Diet.
Favorite article of clothing or jewelry: shoes, dangly earrings, skirts short enough to embarrass my Mother.
Favorite place to read: in bed.
What place would you want to visit some day: the Great Wall of China, the only man made structure (except for the US highways) that can be seen from the moon; at least that's what they say and I would like to find out for myself.
Thank you Chloe Thurlow for visiting today.
Be sure to check out her new book, Katie in Love and enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. Visit the other stops on the tour for more fun.
Katie Boyd has nothing in common with Tom Bridge, the volunteer doctor she meets at a party – except in bed she finds a passion to match her own. Tom is intense, puzzling, a man who cares about others and compels Katie to question her own life drifting through the hip clubs and London party scene.
When Tom returns to his post in a Sri Lanka orphanage, Katie isn’t sure if their passion was lit by its brevity, or if love, unexpected and not entirely wanted, has edged its way into her life. Should she go back to being who she always was? Or follow Tom into the unknown?
Katie in Love is a compelling erotic-romance that will grip readers as they follow Katie’s journey to an ending they may have expected – but not in the way they expected it.
Brilliantly written and coolly self-aware, Chloe Thurlow was described by KM Dylan on Amazon as “…the Anaïs Nin of our times.” With Katie in Love – her sixth novel – Thurlow reveals a writer at the height of her powers.
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