Book bloggers provide a service by reading and reviewing books, and sharing their thoughts with other readers to assist them in making a choice from the millions of books available. They are also invaluable to authors, not only for the publicity they provide, but by helping readers relate to writers as individuals. Many authors are by nature introverts, so it’s easier to let our words speak for us.
In which genre do your write?
I like to experiment, and sometimes it’s difficult to slot my books into a particular category. They include Fantasy, Romance, Short stories, Mystery, Thriller, Literary fiction, Contemporary fiction and Horror. One of my books was set in the 1960s, and I was told that counts as historical fiction. Now I feel really old.
Traditionally published or Indie published.
Both. My first two books were released by publishing houses, but once I had learnt the basics, I preferred to self-publish (with a little help from my friends.)
When and where do your write?
Being a night owl, (or perhaps I’ve vampire blood,) I can often be found in the early hours of the morning working on my books, short stories or blog posts. The back room is my dedicated office, with a view through the conservatory into the garden. I have a very large desk, a filing cabinet, shelves to hold physical folders, a box of USBs for back-ups, my book case, a couple of laptops and two printers. (Shush, don’t tell my niece- she’s trying to get me down to one of each, but I did let her persuade me to ditch several old computers so I am getting better.)
It’s also where my Unicorns live.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? (Make copious notes before writing a word, or fly by the seat of your plants.)
Definitely a pantser. I’m often surprised by the direction my stories take, and once I’ve typed “The End” I frequently think, ‘Wow! I didn’t expect that.’
Perhaps it’s because I’m only the typist, and no sooner have I written a few words than my characters take over, so I just go with the flow and do as I’m told.
What inspired you to start writing?
I was around nine or ten, when I submitted a short story to the editor of Woman’s magazine. It was my first rejection letter, but she took the time to send me a lovely, personal letter thanking me and encouraging me to keep writing. How lovely was that?
I never considered publishing until a freak accident left me housebound and going stir-crazy. Away from the 9-5, I had the opportunity to put together my first novel which was subsequently published.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
I didn’t think they were, but several friends reading my books immediately ‘recognised’ various characters.
Do readers see your characters in the way you imagined them?
In my mind they have a definite look, and I’d assumed others would picture them the same way. I was surprised when proofreading a fellow author’s book to discover the girl I visualised as a small, sassy blonde was actually a Grace Jones lookalike.
How do you deal with writers’ block?
Weirdly, this is something that’s never affected me. I have the opposite problem. I find inspiration everywhere, from posts on Facebook, song titles, overheard conversations, news, and even the wildlife visiting my garden. I jot down a note with the date, source and a few words, then start a file on my laptop. At the last count there were over 150 so the difficulty is in finding the time, and trying to ensure each one stays original.
How do you deal with marketing?
Very, very badly. I read all the “How To,” watch the videos, and try to implement the suggestions, but somehow never get it right. Part of the reason I pushed for redundancy from my previous career was because it turned from a profession into target driven, sell at all costs. Perhaps I should rely on the ‘It takes years to become an overnight success’ ethos, and carry on writing because I enjoy it.
Over to you.
What question would you ask if you were to meet your favourite author?
Which response from the above did you find most interesting?
Do you have a favourite genre, and if so, which others would you consider reading?
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©Voinks January 2020.