Let's welcome Peyton Lawson!
Peyton is a debut British romance author. She writes spicy Viking romance and loves the alpha male! She enjoys reading and traveling.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want/expect from your genre/sub-genre?
There aren't that many of us who write Historical Viking Romance. It used to be very popular. I'd say I'm original in the sense that my stories are about communities of Raiders with the romance weaved in!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I'm a bit of a loner...but I'm friends with the other authors at Beaches and Trails Publishing. Daisy Landish writes clean romance and Marie-Hélène Lebeault writes YA Fantasy. We often discuss plots issues together, and we'll beta read for each other.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I don't get overly bogged down with heavy research. It's hard to quantify because I'll fact-check a lot of things as I write to make sure it's appropriate for the time period or the location.
What are the essential characteristics of a hero/heroine you can root for?
I think what makes you want to root for characters is that they are relatable. On the one hand, they should have the strengths you wished you had mixed in with weaknesses or challenges most of us face at one time or another.
Where did you get the idea for your first book and/or series?
I was watching one of those Viking shows on a streaming service and thought there was too much violence and not enough romance. I decided to write the story just the way I like it. Actually, I'd like it a little steamier, but I'm still working up the courage to increase the heat!