Beneath beauty, evil lurks…
Katie Anderson has no idea who she is, or why she was abandoned to her fate after an attack by an escaped Sumatran tiger — the pet of a local Californian scriptwriter.
Who was with her when she was attacked? Why was there a severed goat's head secreted in her rucksack?
In the five years since the attack, Katie has grown accustomed to the indelible paw print etched on her cheek, which draws sympathetic glances and repulsed stares in equal measure. That is, until the cruelty of a casual comment from a wrinkle-free customer at The Alice Garden restaurant in Sanur Beach sparks her quest for answers, launching Katie on a painful path to discover the truth.
Will Katie find the spiritual and emotional serenity she craves? Or will society's obsession with physical perfection defeat her progress?
Ugly Paradise - Lindsey Paley
1. Where did the idea for 'Ugly Paradise' originate? Since most of the story is set in Bali, how much research did you have to do? Have you visited there? If not, is it high on your list?
I have wanted to set one of my novels in the beautiful, exotic ‘Island of the Gods’ that is Bali since we took a vacation there fifteen years ago. The beaches are pristine and golden, the palm trees sway gently in the breeze and the sea is the most perfect azure. But what draws me most to Bali is its people. Despite having first-hand knowledge, I still did a lot of research - which I have to say only made me want to return! It is firmly on my bucket list.
2. What other exotic locations (or non-exotic for that matter) have you travelled to? Where would you like to visit that you haven't seen yet?
I have been to Hawaii which I loved. Again the island inspired me to include it in one of my novels - The Crazy Pursuit of Love. But I enjoy city breaks, too. One of my favourites is Paris where my family and I spent a fabulous weekend a couple of years ago helping me to celebrate a milestone birthday. Everywhere you looked there was something spectacular to see, but the best experience was a visit to Versailles.
Still on my wish list is Vancouver. We went to Toronto last year and were awe-struck by the Niagara Falls. We loved Canada and are keen to return and the west coast beckons this time.
3. Do you write to a plan or outline, or are you a panster?
I’m a planner, definitely. I write an outline and then the character studies. Unfortunately, I also have to write my novels out with good-old pen and paper in jotter pads. I’ve tried writing straight onto the computer keyboard but, for me, creativity doesn’t seem to flow that way.
4. Do you have a special place to write? Or a special routine?
In the summer months I use our tiny peppermint-and-cream summerhouse (it’s more of a shed really!) in the garden. I can really delve into the lives of my characters when I’m away from the hustle and bustle of family life. But in the winter, I sit at the kitchen table. I try to write everyday even if it’s only a couple of lines, and I work best in the mornings.
5. What are your hobbies away from the computer? Can I make a wild guess that one of them has to do with food?
Spot on! I love baking, especially experimenting with new recipes or trying out a new twist on a familiar favourite. In my novel ‘Stiletto heels or Bicycle wheels’, I triple-tested the recipes that are included in the book.
I also like to get out with friends for a game of golf. None of us are very good, though. I still haven’t managed to get my handicap. Every year I promise myself that I will achieve the goal, but as yet I’ve not been successful. It probably has to do with the fact that we will only play if the sun is shining!
6.Do you write one work until it's finished and then begin another or do you work on several WIPs at once?
I do try to write each novel until it’s finished, but I find that I usually am editing the last novel whilst drafting the next. I’m always on the look-out for ideas for the next book and I carry a tiny notepad in my purse for whenever inspiration strikes.
7. What is the wildest (or scariest) thing you've ever done?
One of the scariest things to have happened is getting caught in New York when Hurricane Sandy hit. Just seeing Times Square empty was creepy. But would you believe the thing that scares me most is ladybugs? In the UK we call them ‘ladybirds’ Urgh, just typing the word sends shivers down my spine!
8. And finally, what’s next for you? What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a Christmas novel - ‘Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes’. Yes, you guessed it, my love of baking is raising its head again! It’s weird writing about Christmas in Spring, so I’ve got a CD of Christmas music that I put on to inspire me. My family groan about it, of course! Who wants to hear ‘Frosty The Snowman’ at Easter?
Lindsey Paley lives in the UK and is the author of five contemporary and suspense romance novels. When not banging away at her keyboard in her peppermint-and-cream summerhouse Lindsey enjoys baking—check out her foodie romance novel ‘Stiletto Heels or Bicycle Wheels’ and, when the sun is glowing in the sky, a game of golf.
The Wish List Addiction
The Wedding Yarn
Stiletto Heels or Bicycle Wheels?
The Crazy Pursuit of Love