Pippa Croft is the pen name of an award-winning romantic novelist. After studying English at Oxford, she worked as a copywriter and journalist before writing her debut novel, which won the RNA’s New Writers’ award and was later made into a TV movie. She lives in a village in the heart of England with her husband and daughter.
1.What got you into writing? I’ve always written factual pieces, because I worked as a journalist and copywriter but I didn’t start on a novel until November 2004. I was inspired to write a fanfic by a BBC TV series called North & South. To my amazement, I found I loved writing romantic, funny, sexy stories – totally different from what I read at the time.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you? Every day is different but I tend to get up reasonably early and try and get some writing done in the morning. After lunch, I often do my commercial copywriting and go swimming, to the gym, or to meet author friends or shopping/errands. Then I write again until about 7pm. In the evening, I hang out on twitter and Facebook.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I’ve had a couple of six month periods when I wasn’t motivated to write. Eventually I got back into the whole thing, by writing two short stories. Now I’m under contract with Penguin for my three book Oxford Blue series, I don’t need motivation!
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? A bit of both.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advise to aspiring authors? I guess I was fortunate or at least in the right place at the right time. My first novel was taken on by the first agent and publisher we sent it to, won a major award and was made into a TV movie! That sounds like a fairytale and was something that every one I’d asked, said not to expect but somehow, it did! There have been many ups and downs since, but I’ve kept writing and experimenting. So never ever give up!
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? In my early career, winning the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award and having my book made into the TV movie, 12 Men of Christmas. Then last year I heard I’d got a three book deal from Penguin which was incredible.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. The First Time We Met is the first novel in the sizzling new Oxford Blue romance series from Pippa Croft.
When US Senator’s daughter Lauren Cusack arrives at the enchanting Wyckham College of Oxford University, she hopes to mend her broken heart by throwing herself into her studies.
But then English aristocrat Alexander Hunt walks into her life and everything changes. Handsome, brooding, and with his own dark past to escape, Alexander is exactly what Lauren doesn’t need – but she finds herself helplessly drawn towards him.
Both Alexander and Lauren know that they should stay away from each other . . . but sometimes desire is so powerful that it conquers all else.
8.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I love to go on holiday with my husband and to spend time with my grown up daughter. I also like swimming, bodyboarding, shopping and meeting my author friends to talk about writing.
9.If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why? Jane Austen to ask her so many things about her stories, published and unfinished.
10.Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers? Thanks for reading my books, and to you Sophia for having me on your lovely blog!