Leanne Lovegrove is a lawyer, wife, mother and a lover of romance and reading. Her law career has caused her addiction to coffee (and Pinot Noir) but provides her with countless story ideas. Leanne lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and three children.
Q. What got you interested in writing?
I have always loved words and writing. But my interest started by being a voracious reader and having a love affair with books. Quite a few years ago amidst a growing dissatisfaction with my paid work, I thought it would be wonderful to write my own stories, so I thought I would try. That was a long time ago and it hasn’t been anywhere as easy as I thought it would be!
Q. How long have you been writing?
I set myself a goal to start writing when I was on maternity leave with my second daughter. She is now 13 years old! I read craft books and participated in some online courses and just started writing a novel, a story that I had in my head. I still love that story. I finished the manuscript and have gone on to write many more. I probably spent five years writing when it suited me and when I had the time and treating it like a hobby. But for at least the last five years or so, I’ve taken it much more seriously and have continued to learn the craft and I’ve just never stopped writing.
Q. Do you have any goals/projects in the pipeline?
My constant goal is to keep improving and become a better writer. Other than that, I am editing a manuscript that I hope will become my second published novel.
Q. What do you like most about writing?
I love the escapism of writing. The same reason I love reading. It takes me to another world, away from my daily life. But my favourite part of the process is the first draft. So full of promise!
Q. What genre do you write?
I write contemporary romance but have an interest in historical fiction, so perhaps in the future that is something I will try.
Q. What draws you to this genre?
Love! Romance. Happy endings and the joy of people finding their happily ever after. They are such feel good stories.
Lawyer, Vivienne Greene is pulled from her comfortable office job to a temporary position in the country to conduct property foreclosures. Vivienne knows she’s in trouble when her first day goes horribly wrong and she’s dragged into delivering a calf by the handsome dairy farmer, Daniel Beckett.
Single father, Daniel Beckett, has adopted radical, robotic milking and he’s unimpressed by the city girl who tries to take his farm away. At the same time, the attraction to her is immediate.
Will Vivienne let love win and risk her job and succumb to the attractive dairy farmer? Can Daniel forgive Vivienne for trying to take his livelihood away?
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas come from everywhere. I usually have some legal element to my writing, whether that be a legal problem or one of my protagonists is a lawyer, so inspiration comes from my work. But, for example, when I was travelling in Tasmania last Christmas on a family holiday, a very clear story idea came to me and I haven’t been able to shake it. Often, I listen to news or podcasts or read articles and ideas will form.
Q. Tell us about your process, how do you get into a writing mindset?
I struggled with this for a long time. Everything had to be just perfect and I had to have the house to myself and a few spare hours ahead of me. I learned very quickly that I’d never get any writing done like that. So now, my process is to commit a minimum of ten minutes to writing every day. This usually occurs in snatched moments of time. I work during the day, so I write in the evenings and the weekends. But it is always snatched time around work and children’s commitments. The story I’m working on stays in my head and when I have the moment, I just sit down and get straight back into it. I always carry my notes and laptop around with me to most the make of any opportunity.
Q. What am I working on at the moment?
I am editing a manuscript. It is another contemporary romance and involves Kate and Nick who should never have fallen in love. Kate is a teacher with a tragic past and Nick is a criminal defence lawyer. Nick is invincible until he’s unable to get the leader of a motorcycle gang acquitted of serious crimes. They seek revenge and he must fight to keep himself and his daughter safe. At the same time of course he’s trying to develop a relationship with Kate who is scared of losing another person she loves. It is set in Brisbane but takes us to the exotic shores of Vietnam.
Q. Which writers influence/inspire me?
Kate Morton. She’s my absolute favourite author and I’m just in awe at how she tells her stories. I also love Hannah Richell and those are the authors I will turn to when I need to get lost in a book or to be inspired by great writing.
However, on a more local level, as a member of the RWA, I am truly inspired by all the writers I’ve met through that association and the support and guidance they’ve offered to me.
Q. What else about your writing journey should we know?
Look out for me, I hope to produce many more books into the future.
Q. Where can we find you!?
Thank you Leanne for chatting with us today! It’s been a pleasure!