It’s a pleasure to welcome author Davina Stone to talk about her new book,
The Alice Equation.
I’ve just finished reading it and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Davina, thank you for joining us- tell us about your new book which releases today!
The Alice Equation – Sometimes love is complicated
Alice Montgomery’s life is like Groundhog Day. Five years after graduating, she’s still working in her mum’s bookshop, hiding her stash of romance novels under the bed and pining for the gorgeous guy who helped her over a panic attack before her final uni exam. Aaron Blake loves to party—hard. His idea of commitment to anything other than his legal career is strictly three months. Until landing a job with the most prestigious—but conservative—law firm in town means he has to convince the partners he’s deeply committed to family values.
Aaron needs a fake date fast—and who could be safer than his bookish friend Alice?
Soon Alice finds herself dating her secret crush, sporting a daring new look of vintage frocks and itsy-bitsy lace lingerie.
Now the heat is notching up. Aaron’s feelings for his fake date are proving anything but safe, and Alice is discovering her inner sex-goddess.
But when secrets are revealed and lies uncovered, both Alice and Aaron will have to work out the hardest equation of all… what this crazy thing called loved is all about.
It’s a sweet sexy rom/com about love, friendship and family and it’s the first in a series (The Laws of Love).
Are you writing anything else? The second book The Polly Principle is off for proofreading and will be out in April 2021 and I am working on the third in the series, The Felicity Theory.
We will talk about your writing, but first some quick-fire questions.
Late nights or early mornings? I have always naturally been a night owl, that’s when I get my best ideas. But I’m training myself to write in the mornings now since I know my brain is clearer.
G &T or Tea/coffee? I love a good G&T but the reality is I have no alcohol tolerance at all, so for me it’s a cappucino or two in the morning and copious amounts of French Earl Grey tea in the afternoons
Perfect weekend? In my hammock reading a good book. I just don’t get enough reading done at present and my TBR pile is humungous.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Grow up? I haven’t yet. But I always wanted to be a writer. Or an actress. Never made the actress, though I tried. Hopefully I’ll make it as a writer!
What brings you joy? Lifts your spirits, chases away a down mood?
My garden. I grow succulents and herbs and a few veggies. The latter still in experimentation phase, I had a crop of teeny-weeny wizened carrots and about 20 broad beans. But every morning I wander and water and talk to my plants and my trees. Being in nature always lifts my spirits
What inspired your new book?
My fascination with human relationships and particularly why we fall in love and with whom. Thinking about this inspired the series, “The Laws of Love” because I believe there are powerful natural laws at play when we fall in love, a bit like the laws of the Universe. Love is such an amazing thing, it can make the world a better place and without it we really lose our way. I really don’t think love is an accident, and I wanted my books to have totally Happy Ever Afters, so that’s really why they became romances.
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Final edits. Urgh. Missing those last typos. And I fiddle to try and tweak things, because I’m a bid OCD. A very bad habit.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing? All over the place. I intend to change that, but I find writing sprints is the only way I get a book written.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? I daydream my characters into life. They play out in my mind like movie scenes, what they say, how they feel, I even speak some of the lines (usually when walking alone, otherwise people will think I am mad). Then when I write it seems to flow. I can’t just sit down and write a scene properly without this process.
Did you do any research for your current book?
Not really. I worked in different areas of health and mental health as an occupational therapist for many years. I use the things I learned from that in my books but it’s kind of organic, and sub-conscious to be honest. I only research when I need to make sure details are correct. I’d love to write historical, but I fear I’m too lazy to get my facts right.
Do you have a favourite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special?
I have such as soft spot for Carts, (Aaron’s best friend in The Alice Equation and The Polly Principle.) He is kind of dorky, and naïve where women are concerned, but has a heart of gold and so deserves love. I will say no more, except to hint that things go okay for him in the end. And Polly, I love how naughty and feisty she is.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions? Can’t answer that, I have too many emotions.
Best writing advice/ Worst writing advice you ever received?
“You don’t think yourself out of writer’s block, you write your way out of it.” Not sure who’s words these are, but it’s true.
Best money you have spent as a writer? Great editor, great cover designer
Do you have a favourite author and why? I can’t choose, really, don’t make me.
What are you reading now? All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton. It is so beautifully written it makes me want to cry on every single page.
What books or authors have most influenced your writing?
Helen Hoang, Amy Andrews, (she writes such hot sex). Talia Hibbert, Alexis Hall, Jennifer Crusie and Susan Elizabeth Phillips for her quirky plots.
Favourite book/story you have read as an adult? The Book Thief
Favourite book/story you have read as a child? The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Magic really does happen at the back of wardrobes you know!
Thank you for chatting with us Davina, wishing you every success with the book. I am looking forward to reading book two. _____________________________________________