I’m thrilled to have Katey Lovell as my guest today. Katey has penned a novella for the Tirgearr City Nights series, set against the glamorus backdrop of Los Angeles. Welcome to the Naughty Corner, Katey.
People hear the word burlesque and automatically think ‘striptease’. They’re taken to an idea of Dita von Teese writhing in an oversized champagne glass, or a curvaceous performer popping the eye-and-hook fastenings on a red satin corset.
They’re all words I’ve heard used to describe burlesque by people who’ve (generally) never experienced it first-hand.
The truth is, the world of burlesque is so much more diverse than people think. In the six years I’ve been attending events I’ve seen jugglers, magicians, contortionists, singers, comedians, fire-eaters, hula dancers, musicians, strong men (and women), an axe thrower, and all manner of other entertainers too. Yes, there have been plenty of ‘tease’ acts in the mix. But, in the UK at least, burlesque nights are a high-quality cabaret showcasing the talents of performers who are perhaps slightly less mainstream than those headlining the larger theatres in towns and cities.
When I started writing One Night in Los Angeles back in the summer of 2015, I knew it had to be hot. And that’s why when aspiring actress Abbi Devine stumbles (literally!) across A-list movie star Aaron Halliday on set, she’s wearing sparkly high heels, a corset and an elaborate feather headdress. By giving Abbi a role as a burlesque dancer, I hoped it added sass and sauce to counteract the vulnerability that hides behind the glitz.
Abbi is sexy. Her routine is steamy. But sleazy? No. Because despite what some may think, burlesque (including striptease) is about confidence and celebrating yourself. It’s a visual art, a creative outlet.
And above all, it’s about having fun.
Katey Lovell is the author of One Night in Los Angeles, published by Tirgearr.
Blurb: Abbi Devine never expected Hollywood to be like this…
Leaving her small town in northern Maine for Hollywood was always going to be a gamble, but she’s finally got her chance- a speaking part as a burlesque dancer in a movie starring A list actor Aaron Halliday.
However, when she’s thrown off her stride and ends up in a heap on the floor, Aaron’s the one to come to her rescue. There’s an undeniable attraction between them which comes as a surprise to Abbi, who has sworn off men following a bad experience.
Is Aaron really the unfeeling playboy the press make him out to be? And can Abbi let go of her past to enjoy her present?
Bio: Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.
She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their eight year old son.