I’m delighted to welcome fellow Accent Press author, Lynne Shelby, onto my blog to interview Lucy Ashford, the MC from her romantic novel ‘The One That I Want’. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?
Let’s find out a bit about the book first
When Lucy Ashford lands a job at a leading theatrical agency in London, work mixes with pleasure, as she literally falls into the arms of Hollywood heartthrob Daniel Miller. Handsome, charming and irresistible, Daniel is just what unlucky-in-love Lucy needs, and she is quickly drawn into his glittering celebrity lifestyle. But can she tame the A-list bad boy or is she just one more girl in Daniel s long line of conquests?
Now over to Lynne’s interview with Lucy
So, Lucy, I have to ask, what’s it like dating film star Daniel Miller?
A lot of people ask me that! Believe it or not, much of the time, it’s no different to dating any other guy – although Daniel and I do get photographed rather more often than most twenty-something couples! The first time he took me to a film premier and we walked along a red carpet together, there were so many cameras flashing that I literally couldn’t see a thing and all I could hear were his fans screaming and chanting his name. It was surreal.
I’ve certainly seen a lot of photos of you and Daniel in the media. How do you cope with all the press attention? Do you have to disguise yourself to escape the paparazzi?
[Lucy laughs] No, fortunately I only seem to attract their attention when I’m with Daniel – it’s him who’s the celebrity, not me! I can still go shopping or travel on the tube to work without hiding behind a hat and dark glasses.
I believe you work for a theatrical agency. Is that right?
Yes, I’m an agent at Reardon Haye – we’re one of the top theatrical agencies in London. I actually met Daniel on my first day at work – he’s one of our clients – when he came into the office to sign a contract… [Lucy smiles dreamily]
Do you enjoy your work, Lucy?
Oh, I absolutely love it. Seeing one of my clients on stage or in a film, and knowing that I helped them land their dream role is just the best feeling.
How did you land such an interesting and exciting job?
Oh, it was all down to my friend Cassie – the actress, Cassie Clarke. I’d told her that I… that I… Well, last summer, for reasons that I really don’t want to get into, I desperately needed to find myself a job and a new place to live. Cassie is also a Reardon Haye client, and when she heard that they were recruiting another agent, she suggested me. And she invited me to stay with her until I found a place of my own. Actually, she’s said that her house is far too big for just one person, and I can stay as long as I like! She is such an amazing friend.
Are all of Reardon Haye’s clients as famous as Daniel and Cassie?
Many of our clients are household names, but we also have jobbing actors and drama school graduates on our books. I recently signed an unknown but extremely talented actor named Owen Somers. I’m sure he has a great career ahead of him. He also happens to be a really nice guy.
Is he going to be the next Daniel Miller?
I don’t know about that. He and Daniel aren’t really the same casting type. [For a moment, Lucy looks thoughtful] But Owen is going to be a star – you heard it here first!
The second time Lucy meets Daniel is at Reardon Haye’s Christmas party. After the party is over, she agrees to accompany him to Mojave, a nightclub in London’s Mayfair.
As I followed Daniel to one of the leather sofas, I was aware of faces turning towards us, the sudden absence of talk as we approached, and renewed chatter once we’d walked past. With so many eyes on me, I was relieved that I made it to the sofa without falling over my feet. Daniel sat next to me, leaving very little space between us. A waiter immediately materialised beside us and asked what we’d like to drink. Daniel promptly ordered champagne.
‘Did you notice everyone looking at you?’ I said to him when the waiter had gone.
Daniel shrugged. ‘Since Fallen Angel came out, I get recognised all the time.’
‘Having total strangers watching your every move must take some getting used to.’
‘I’m an actor,’ Daniel said. ‘Being the centre of attention kind of goes with the territory.’
I thought of the numerous articles about Daniel’s amorous exploits in Ireland that I’d read in the gossip columns. And the photos of him glued to his co-star’s face.
‘But you must find it irritating to be continuously stalked by the paparazzi,’ I said.
Daniel smiled. ‘I don’t mind them. I rather enjoy seeing photos of myself in the tabloids. It’s free publicity.’
The waiter returned with our champagne, poured two glasses, and left the bottle within easy reach in a bucket of ice.
When we were alone again, Daniel said, ‘I waited a long time to become famous. Now that I’ve had a taste of what it means to be a star, I want more. I want the Hollywood mansion and the Malibu beach house. I want the private jet and the yacht in the south of France. And if getting them means I have to pose for a few photographs outside a nightclub, I really don’t see it as a problem. But I’m glad there weren’t any paparazzi outside Mojave tonight. It would’ve been hard to make you run a gauntlet of flashing cameras when we’re only on our first date.’
‘Is this a date?’ I said.
‘Well, there’s you, me, and a bottle of champagne,’ Daniel said. ‘I’d call that a date.’
I was on a date with film star Daniel Miller. The thought made me feel light-headed.
‘What would that actress you dated in Ireland think about you being here with me?’ I said.
Daniel looked taken aback. ‘She wouldn’t think anything. I was never in a relationship with her. DCOL.’
‘Doesn’t Count On Location.’
It sounds a fun read, doesn’t it? You can buy the book here:
Lynne Shelby writes contemporary women’s fiction/romance, and The One That I Want is her second novel. When not writing or reading, Lynne can usually be found at the theatre or exploring a foreign city, writer’s notebook, camera and sketchbook in hand. She lives in London with her husband, and has three adult children who live nearby.
Thanks for dropping by, Lynne. Lots of luck with your book.
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