Writing Superheroes: Lorna Peel

By day a Bespectacled Genealogist, armed with a notebook and a digital camera… Read on and find out more…

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If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes? What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?

When I started writing aged nineteen it was only for me and I wrote in longhand in A4 sized spiral bound notebooks. I still have them all. When I decided to try and get published, I had to type them up and I’m a terrible typist so it took forever! I still have a couple of novels I need to transfer to my laptop. These days, everything goes straight onto the laptop!


All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.

The Bespectacled Genealogist, armed with a notebook and a digital camera.lorna-peel


Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?

Author friends from my previous and current publishers. It’s great to know that they are there if I need to ask a (probably daft) question!


Where do you get your superpowers from?

My love of history comes from my paternal grandfather. As for the actual writing…I have no idea!


Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?

I don’t really have a lair, unless I count my office/library, but I tend to do most of my writing on the sofa in the living room. I like to be comfortable when I’m writing.


What kind of training do you do to keep your superpowers in world saving form? How do you insure they are used only for good?

I read a lot—not just books—but newspapers, magazines and blogs. I also watch a lot of TV drama and films because you never know what might stir up the imagination.


Granted, you probably don’t’ get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?

As I live in Ireland, it would probably be a raincoat. No cape and not at all glamorous!


What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing?

Real life getting in the way of my finding the time to sit down and write. I aim to write something every day, whether it is writing something new, or editing something I’ve put aside for a while so I can come back to it with ‘fresh eyes’.


What was the supervillian that threatened to stop your latest project and how did you vanquish it?

Probably as above, the finding time to write. I’m a genealogist so I’m a complete research nerd. I need to research everything I write—both contemporary and historical—and that takes time but I do know when to put the research aside and start to write.


What important lessons have you learned along the way?

Don’t take anything for granted and that you learn something new every day.


What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?

Signing the contracts for my two books, knowing that all the hard work has been worthwhile.


If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?

I don’t think I would do anything differently, you can’t change the past, just keep moving forward doing the best you can.


What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why.

To never give up. Keep writing and keep everything you’ve written, you never know when it may come in useful.


Into_The_Unknown_by_Lorna_Peel-500Tell us about you new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.

It’s called Into The Unknown and is a dual narrative World War Two romance between Kate Sheridan, born in Co Galway, Ireland and who moves to London in search of work, and Charlie Butler, a newly-promoted RAF pilot, struggling to come to terms with his growing love for Kate and the horrors the war will bring to them both. Kate has to deal with the hardships and prejudices faced by the Irish living in England during the second world war and if you want a different perspective of the war from one of the many Irish people—both male and female—who joined the allied forces, then Into The Unknown is the book for you.


What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?

I’m about half way through the first draft of a historical romance set in 1880s Dublin, Ireland.


Thank you for interviewing me, Maria!


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