About Charlotte Bowyer:
Inspired by her love of fantasy, Charlotte Bowyer finished writing her debut novel, His Frozen Fingertips, at the age of fifteen. A firm believer in freedom of expression and diversity, she attends Pride in London on an annual basis, and is a vocal feminist. She believes in the blurring of labels to encompass all types of relationships, and the human right to love indiscriminately. His Frozen Fingertips is a reflection of these beliefs.
What inspires you to write?
The lack of diversity in the Young Adult Fantasy genre was what initially inspired me to write as a young teenager. I’ve always liked the idea of my words being read by other people and the impact that I may be able to make on someone else’s life with my books is what really drives me to keep on writing stories with LGBT+ characters. I have read a few sections of my book to my friends at school; their positive reactions to the variety of characters is also an inspiration for me because they are going to be the first people to buy it when it comes out and, in a way, it was written for them.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to plan my stories quite thoroughly so that I don’t end up with plot holes and loose ends, but I sometimes find that this leads to me losing inspiration so I don’t like to fill in the details until I am actually writing it down. This way I find that I can add spontaneous description and interactions but still end up with the story that I originally planned. When I get writer’s block I like to walk around outside and let my mind go blank, when I have less going on in my head it’s easier to express my thoughts clearly.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters because, as a student, I have very little time to write. This means that I need to make the most of the creative time available to me. I do enjoy thinking about their reactions to random situations when I’m bored, though. It’s fun to think about how they would deal with different pressures in alternate universes but, as far as the actual story goes, they are just plot devices to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to most writers would be to get writing. The half-finished novella saved on your computer is not going to magically turn itself into a beautifully written masterpiece without a lot of work. It should come as no surprise that in order to do something that you are proud of, you need to start trying to do it. I wrote several really bad attempts at novels until I wrote one that was good enough to edit and send to publishers and this was the advice that one of my English teachers gave me so it’s definitely the advice that I would give to another writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to attempt to traditionally publish because as a new author I felt that I needed the support and advice that could be given by publishers. I think that it’s very brave for debut authors to go into the world of publishing alone, and I know it provides a lot more freedom and control over the process, but I would definitely choose traditional publishing again as I have had a really positive experience with it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that there are two interesting new innovations in book publishing, the ebook and the rise in self-publishing. I don’t think that ebooks are a real threat to print books because it is clear that people are still buying both. Ebooks are cheaper but paper books have a certain aesthetic that is hard to recreate when holding a reading tablet. However, I think that the rise in self-published authors will drastically change the face of book publishing as more people are getting their stories out there. This means that there are more great books around, which is good for a reader, but slightly worrying if you are a lesser known author at this point in time.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: YA, Fantasy, Fiction, LGBT
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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