Chelsey Krause interviews fellow author Laura Barnard about her new release, Excess Baggage.

1. Can you tell us a little about your book?

It’s a second chance romance about a couple that first met while teenagers on holiday and then stumble upon each other again fifteen years later.

2. How did you come up with the concept?

I myself had a holiday romance when I was a teenager and I’ve often found myself wondering where he is now, what he looks like and if we’d get on now. It’s the idea of being able to meet the same person, but this time being a confident woman, not a bumbling teenager.

3. Who is your favourite character?

I love Brooke, who is the main character Erica’s friend. She’s completely outrageous and makes no apology for it.

4. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved that it’s based on a holiday island as I haven’t done one of those before. It meant I could create an area they couldn’t escape each other in.

5. What gave you the most trouble with this story?

Making the reader want to forgive Jack for his previous behavior.

6. Are there any scenes that didn’t make it into the book? Scenes that you might have loved but had to cut?
Nope, I pretty much threw it all in!

7. Would you like to say something to the readers to encourage them to read your books?

If you’re looking for a light, romantic comedy that’ll have you giggling into your cocktail, this is the book for you.

8. What was the last movie/concert/show that you saw?

Last show was Brooklyn 99 which I’m binge watching at the moment. It’s the perfect kind of feel good comedy for writing to.

9. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I think I’d be invisible. Imagine all of the naughtiness I could get up to!

10. Name one thing you won’t leave the house without.

My phone.

Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.

So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.

Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?

Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?

Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

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