Wednesday, February 29, 2012

GUEST AUTHOR: Rachel Lyndhurst on locations...

Today I am very pleased to welcome the lovely, Rachel Lyndhurst. I asked Rachel if she could tell us about how she decided on the location for her latest novel, Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire.

Location, location, location … is where all my books have started life to date. Not with characters or a ‘seed’, or a particular conflict – although they come pretty hot on the heels. It’s probably breaking one of those writing ‘rules’, but it works for me.

The locations within a book are important. Location has a huge bearing on culture, lifestyle, the weather, traditional values and the jobs my characters do. Location and environment make them who and what they are, it forms the backdrop – from the sights, sounds and smells to the economic climate and the food they eat. It’s a very special author that can write a good book that takes place in just one room (it has been done!). I’m not one of them.

So how do I choose a location? I’m always on the look out for glamour and luxury. The weekend newspaper supplements are a brilliant source of inspiration with loads of glossy adverts and travel features. The Telegraph does a massive one called Ultra Travel which has mind-blowingly exotic locales. And then there’s the television, of course, I love anything by Franceso da Mosto and never miss Rick Stein on his culinary travels.

Not much can beat real travel though, and with every holiday booking I make, there’s the hope that there will be potential research material. I do believe such research is tax deductible as well …

Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire came to life while I was sunning myself on the beach in Lindos, Rhodes. The acropolis, donkey taxis, narrow alleyways and tzatziki with everything were too good to ignore. I started writing as soon as I got home and then I was invited to a champagne reception on the London Eye – again too good to waste, it had to go in. You can read the first chapter here: if you want to see how I got both locations in!

Here’s the blurb for the rest of the story:


Or that’s what it feels like to Kizzy Dean when a business disagreement with arrogant Greek lawyer Andreas Lazarides leaves her no choice but to accompany him to the Greek Isle of Rhodes. It doesn’t help matters that this sexy brooding stranger, who is unaccustomed to the word No and the very idea of commitment, shows her what it feels like to be truly desired.

Amidst the ancient myths and alleyways, tensions run high as Kizzy feels an immediate attraction for the man she wants to both ravage and strangle.

Accustomed to gold-digging women, Andreas is mesmerized by Kizzy’s feisty nature and Gypsy beauty. Guilt and sorrow have been his only bedfellows since his sister’s death, but Kizzy stirs up a desire he’s unwilling to succumb to . . . until she makes him an offer he simply can’t refuse.

So, where would be your dream location for a romantic novel? (And can I borrow your photographs?)

About Rachel Lyndhurst
Rachel now writes full-time when her children are at school, but is still proud of her law degree and accountancy qualifications. She has worked in the space industry, pharmaceuticals, insurance, a supermarket, a bus station, a railway depot, and a lingerie department.
She lives with her daughter, son and The Exec in Fareham, Hampshire, on the south coast of England and can sometimes smell the sea from her back garden. When not working, her hobbies include rummaging through antique shops, talking to her chocolate brown Rex rabbit and popping into Sainsbury’s. She also has a fondness for wine and expensive lipstick.
Rachel loves to hear from readers. Visit her at

You can buy Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire here:
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  1. Thanks for having me here today, Catherine! X

  2. Fab interview, ladies. Always so interesting to hear about what inspires different authors. Rachel, I remember viewing Lindos Bay whilst on a daytrip in Rhodes a few years back and thought it looked stunning too. Great post. Really enjoyed reading it. :)

  3. Thanks, Jan, I'd love to go back to Lindos some day. Sans children and staying in the one fabby hotel there. We were in very basic accomodation, and you know what Greek loos can be like ... xx