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Monday, December 15, 2014

Interview with Lucy Carey for Two Alone in Dublin

Lucy Carey, Lesbian and Bisexual Romance and Erotic-Fiction Writer

I am a 30-year-old bisexual author who writes the kind of fiction I think other LGBTQ women want to read.

As someone born and raised in Ireland, let me assure you: our country is beautiful…and so are its women.

I aim to introduce you to the best of both—the stunning scenery of the Emerald Isle and its funny, complex, gorgeous, lesbian and bisexual women. I hope you enjoy it.

What is your story's heat level? How do you approach the sex scenes?
On a scale of one to five, it’s probably a two. It gets a little hot and heavy at the end, past the PG13 stuff, but it’s not a sex-fest either! There’s only one sex scene in the story but it makes sense to the story.

As to the sex scenes, I approach them very cautiously. I know if I blush a little when I’m writing or rereading them, that I’ve got them right. That’s a litmus test that might be unique to me!

How do you maintain activity as a writer when sitting at a desk all day?
That can be tough. Turning off the internet helps—it is the biggest time-sucker in the world. I actually crave a typewriter again; I’d write epics if I had one. I get up regularly and take a walk around but not enough that I forget the way back to my computer!

What is it that you loved about the main characters in your story?
I loved that they were real women and true-to-life lesbians; it was very important to me that they—and their loneliness—felt realistic and recognizable to readers. I think for a “happy ever after” to mean anything, you have to have the characters face believable issues.

What do you feel is your strongest type of writing? Humor? Angst? Confrontation scenes? Action? Sex? Sensuality? Sweet Romance? And why?
I do angst a bit too well sometimes… Humor I also enjoy. I think they’re the parts that I’m best at and which read the most naturally when I write them. I’m a little bit Ancient Greek that way—I’m drawn to both tragedy and comedy!

Are you social media savvy? If so what do you suggest for others? If not, why not?
Yes and no, to be honest. I am in that I understand social media quite well; I get its benefits, I know how to use Twitter and Facebook etc., and I can see how it would be very useful for many authors.

But for me, at present, I don’t have the time to devote to doing it properly so I’m a bit sporadic with what and when I post, even on my non-author accounts. I’m also quite introverted when it comes to the internet and I’m very slow to put my life out there. For those reasons, I’m not the best at social media at the moment. I’m working on getting better at it though.

What are some things from your life or things you have observed that you've infused into your stories?
I think human nature is what I’ve observed most keenly and that comes across in my stories. I actually find it quite difficult to plot sometimes—it can take a while for me to make a story come together—but I never have a problem with figuring out what makes my characters tick. I spent a lot of time in my childhood observing people and wondering about what made people do what they did so I hope that’s been time well spent!

If you had an unlimited budget, where would you like to visit for story-related research?
Ooh, that’s like letting a kid into a candy shop! Can I cheat a little and say somewhere in the tropics? I’m sure I’d do a lot of great work on vacation…If that’s not allowed, I would love to enter a world I’ve never been—a court or a ranch or a cruise ship or something like that that’s completely alien to me—to inspire some new stories.

Any fun facts about the research for your book?
I have passed the "Crann an Oir (Tree of Gold)" sculpture (which Mariana sits beside in one scene) hundreds of times, but until I wrote the book, I always just thought of it as “the big gold lollipop”! (Google a picture—you’ll see why.) I researched it and discovered it was erected in 1991 by an Irish artist called Éamonn O'Doherty. I also learned that it was actually made of bronze, which disappointed me for some ridiculous reason!

Finally, tell us a little about your newest release!

It called “Two Alone in Dublin: A Lesbian Love Story” and it’s a story about an Irish college student, Susie, and a Brazilian coffee barista, Mariana, who are each relatively new to Dublin. They’re both lonely and under their own individual stresses and have almost given up hope of meeting someone. Then they bump into each other one cold morning in Dublin…


Mariana hadn’t worn this shade of lipstick in an age. She painted the brash, bright-red gloss around her full lips, rubbed her lips together and pouted. This was her going-out colour, a colour guaranteed to make her feel sexy and confident and womanly.

Had it really been so long since she had been on a date? she wondered. Despite this being her go-to colour for dates, it had been buried in the bottom of her makeup bag.

She checked her teeth for lipstick and, finding none, stepped back to look at her full reflection in the mirror.

She had chosen a form-fitting dress in a colour to match the shade of her lipstick and she adjusted the cups of her bra, to push her cleavage higher in its V-neck.

This, she thought to herself, must be what Susie had described as “putting your best foot forward.”

Lucy will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour 


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Kristabel. It was a pleasure to talk to you. :)

  2. Nice Excerpt! I hope to read this book.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Would be an interesting change for me to read I'll say that. :)

  4. I really like this question and the answer! I Google the pic! Any fun facts about the research for your book?