Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome L.H. Cosway today. Her book, The Nature of Cruelty was was released June 27.
FVBR: Welcome back to Fiction Vixen! We are pleased to have you. Please tell us a little bit about your latest release, The Nature of Cruelty.
Thanks for having me! The Nature of Cruelty is a love/hate, enemies-to-lovers sort of romance. It’s about a girl named Lana who’s been in love with her best friend’s twin brother, Robert, since she was twelve. However, because he always acted like he hated her, Lana decided she would hate him back. The story takes place six years later. Lana and Robert are now grown up and find themselves in a situation where they have to live together. In essence, the story is about how people can be hateful and hold onto grudges for the most trivial of reasons. There is no hugely noble cause as to why the characters act the way they do. They are simply flawed human beings who sometimes make bad decisions and do bad things.
FVBR: Last time you visited you mentioned you are a bit of a foodie and you incorporate that into your writing. What is your favorite style of cuisine? Do you prefer exotic flavors and complicated recipes or do you like to keep it simple?
I like all food. Actually no, that’s not true. I once ate in a Polish restaurant and it wasn’t for me, though maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. My favorites are Mexican and Italian. It’s such a rare treat to actually find good Mexican food in Ireland, which is probably why I enjoy it so much. I love cooking Italian food, which can be quite simple depending on the dish. The downside is that when you’ve eaten real Italian food in Italy you realize that you were being scammed with a cheap substitute for years, hehe. When it comes to cooking, I much prefer food that’s simple but tasty, and when I eat out I will try more complicated, exotic foods.
FVBR: You also mentioned you like to go out and socialize because you like to study people. Since your characters are so interesting, I imagine you use what you learn about people in your books as well as incorporate your own interests into your writing. What would you say influences you more, people you find interesting or your own experiences and interests?
Oh, I’d definitely say people influence me more, but my own experiences and interests are a close second. I like to use my experience of real people when forming the personalities of my characters. Take Robert, for example. In the novel he is often devious simply because he likes to mess with people. I mean, he is a good person deep down and he definitely loves Lana in his own strange way, but he’s far from perfect. I see this kind of thing in real people all the time. Friends making snide comments to one another because of jealousy, parents being mean to their children because they aren’t living up to their standards. It’s all just petty stuff. Of course, I’m often conflicted by this, because most readers don’t want their hero or heroine to be cruel. And I could write perfect characters, but then there wouldn’t really be a story, not one worthy of the title, The Nature of Cruelty anyway. I want to write characters that are as true to life as possible, and for the most part this means that they have to reflect real people. So, by association they are going to be lovable and unlovable in equal measures.
FVBR: Regarding series books and stand alone books: Which would you say you prefer to write: An ongoing story or do you like to write a story, wish your characters well and move on?
If you had asked me that question a year ago I would have said series, hands down. But since writing and publishing Painted Faces, I realized how satisfying it could be to write a standalone novel and leave the characters at the end of the book. Often, when you try to prolong a story, especially a romance, you kill the thing that people loved about it in the first place. Of course, I miss the characters, but I suppose that’s the sacrifice you have to make.
FVBR: You said when you last visited there may be a story in the future for Nicholas, (Painted Faces). Any news on that?
Haha, this kind of contradicts what I just said, but I’d definitely like to write something about Nicholas in the future, kind of like a bunch of diary entries from different periods of his life. It’s intimidating though, because if I’m going to do it, I want to do it right, and doing things right takes time. So basically I have no definite plans, but it could certainly happen. If it does it will probably be sometime next year.
FVBR: What about The Nature of Cruelty? Are there anymore stories in your head for Lana and Robert?
No, I feel like Lana and Robert’s story is told. I can see their future clearly and because they had such a tumultuous past, I imagine they will do their best to avoid repeating history. I visualize them both finishing their educations, Robert becoming a photographer and Lana becoming a professor. Then, of course they will get married, etc. That being said, I have always aspired to writing a lesbian romance and would love to write about Sasha somewhere down the line.
Thank you for visiting today.
THE NATURE OF CRUELTY
Cruelty is a cycle. Once inflicted, it spreads.
Her name is Lana. She wasn’t dealt the easiest cards in life. She wasn’t dealt the hardest. She has an illness, but she doesn’t let it rule her. The first time she laid eyes on her best friend’s twin brother, she fell in love at first sight. It didn’t last very long. He was a hateful boy who made her miserable. The happiest day of her life was when he moved away to London six years ago.
His name is Robert. He breaks the ones who love him. He’s always liked to play games with Lana, see how far he could push her. He once thrived on her pain, but no more. Now she’s coming to London to live with his sister for the summer and this time he plans on being her friend instead of her tormentor. But Lana is scarred by his past bullying. She doesn’t trust him, nor does she have any reason to.
When the two find themselves living under the same roof, they call a truce. This summer will change both of their lives, as they put their history aside and learn one another from scratch.
When fear takes over, we use cruelty as a mask. Robert and Lana’s story will see their masks slip away as the love they felt on the inside shows its true face.
About L.H. COSWAY
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
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