Meet the Characters – Laurel Martin from Love on Location by Lynne Shelby

A big welcome to Lynne Shelby who’s new romance, Love on Location, is out now and Lynne is interviewing her character, Laurel Martin. Let’s find out a bit more about the book first.


When Laurel Martin is hired to rewrite the script for a new timeslip movie, she expects the historical advisor hired by the studio to be an elderly academic who won’t interfere too much with her writing. But when she meets Professor Jason Harding, a young and unexpectedly handsome archaeologist who has some ideas of his own about the script, she realises the job isn’t going to be as simple as she first thought.

As their work takes them from arguing over historical details in a cramped London office to discovering the hidden beauties of a Greek island, Laurel and Jason’s relationship starts to echo the romance of their script.
But with Laurel’s actor ex-boyfriend making trouble at home, and constant issues with the volatile director, will Laurel ever be able to write the happy ending for her own love story?

Some nice reviews:

“…an excellent and well-told story, wonderful locations, well drawn characters, a strong and believable romance, and the sheer fascination of film-making on location… recommended to all.’

~ Being Anne

“I was completely enchanted by this book…It really captured my imagination and was a sheer pleasure to read.”

~ NetGalley Reviewer

Buy Link:

Love on Location: An irresistibly romantic comedy full of sunshine, movie magic and summer love eBook : Shelby, Lynne: Kindle Store

Now let’s move onto Lynne’s interview with Laurel Martin from Love On Location

Hi Laurel. I know you work in the film industry. Can you tell me a bit about your job?

I’m a freelance screenwriter. I’ve worked on screenplays for short films, TV series, web series – all sorts of different projects. Sometimes, I’m given a brief and then I come up with the script. More often, I’m brought in at the re-write stage when the producer or the director isn’t happy with the dialogue. Screenplays go through numerous drafts before they’re signed off as a shooting script. Swords and Sandals, the feature film I’ve just started working on, had gone through twenty-seven re-writes and five screenwriters before I got the job of giving it some extra sparkle!

Twenty-seven! That’s a lot of re-writes.

There aren’t usually that many! What happened was that the film’s director, Drew Brightman and the screenwriters who were working on the script before me had – er – let’s say they had artistic differences. Drew is rumoured to be difficult to work with, but I’m confident I can do a good job. I certainly hope so, because Swords and Sandals is a larger scale production than any movie I’ve ever worked on. It could be the start of a whole new phase in my career – if it wasn’t for Jason Harding.

Who is Jason Harding?

He’s an archaeologist and university lecturer. In Swords and Sandals, the heroine travels back through time to ancient Greece, and Jason was brought in as a historical advisor. I thought he’d be some doddering old professor who’d leave me to get on with the re-writes while reminding me that the ancient Greeks didn’t have mobile phones. Instead, although the wretched man knows absolutely nothing about film-making, he’s writing new storylines and pitching them to Drew without running them past me first – so unprofessional. He needs to be told that I’m the writer, not him, before he wrecks my career.

I get the impression that you and this elderly academic don’t exactly get along.

You’re right there. Jason Harding is infuriating. He isn’t old, by the way. He’s only a few years older than I am. When he smiles, he’s actually quite handsome. He really ought to smile more often…

What do you enjoy most about being a screenwriter?

Everything! It’s wonderful to sit in a darkened cinema, watching a movie I’ve worked on come to life up on the big screen, and then see my name in the credits, but I also love the actual writing. When I write a screenplay, I see it as a movie playing in my mind, and the characters are as real to me as my friends. I see my life as a movie, too – if Jason saw some of the scenes I’ve imagined myself starring in with him, I’d be mortified. Thank goodness, no-one but me can see the films in my head!

Do you ever get to watch a screenplay you’ve written being filmed?

Sometimes I do, and I have to say that there are very few places as exciting as a film set. Those moments just before the cameras start to roll are electrifying. I’d love to watch the filming of Swords and Sandals. It’s being shot on location on the Greek island of Kyros – imagine how wonderful it would be to spend the summer with the film crew in Greece. It could happen – if, say, Drew wanted me and Jason to come out and give the script a final tweak. I know I’d be there to work, but I’m sure there would be some time for sunbathing beside a swimming pool.

A location on a Greek island sounds idyllic. Thanks, Laurel, for giving me an insight into the world of film-making. I have to agree with you that there are very few places as exciting as a film set.

It sounds a fascinating story doesn’t it? You can get a copy here:

Love on Location: An irresistibly romantic comedy full of sunshine, movie magic and summer love eBook : Shelby, Lynne: Kindle Store

Meet Lynne


Lynne Shelby writes contemporary women’s fiction and romance. Her debut novel, French Kissing won the Accent Press and Woman magazine Writing Competition. When not writing or reading, Lynne can usually be found at the theatre or exploring a foreign city with her writer’s notebook, camera and sketchbook in hand. She lives in London with her husband and has three adult children who live nearby.

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Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Lynne. Wishing you lots of success with it.

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