DAISY WHITE lives on the South Coast, near Brighton, UK, loves vintage clothes (especially 1920’s hats!), champagne, and bacon sarnies with brown sauce. She writes in a derelict garage block – great in the summer, bit cold in the winter… To relax she likes to take part in ‘adventure races’, the muddier the better, and if there’s a freezing river to be swum at night; that’s perfect. Daisy’s next YA Thriller is out May 2013; ‘THE FILM CLUB’… Brighton, 1958… Seventeen year old Susie B is a wild party girl with dark secrets, but she’s about to discover that sometimes, living out your dreams can be murder… www.daisywhiteauthor.co.uk Follow Daisy on Twitter; DaisyWhite1922, or catch up on Facebook and Tumblr!
What inspires you to write?
Dreams, place names, life events.
Tell us about your writing process.
I normally plot out most of the book in my head, which is weird I know! If it’s going to work out I’ll start writing a rough plan, including any snatches of dialogue that come to me. At this stage I don’t worry too much about the technical nuts and bolts, just the smooth running of the plot, and character development. For me, writing comes from the heart and is a very natural, organic thing.
After this I spend several months adding detail, any research, and basic editing. Finally, when I’m happy I’ll pass the book to my Beta readers, and spend another few months using the feedback, and editing again… and again!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
In my head, all the time! For my latest book, The Film Club, I’ve actually prepared a series of interviews with my characters, which I will publish on my website in the week of the book launch.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t let rejection stop you! The best thing about books, is that everyone has a different opinion, and, in time, you learn comments on your book/writing, are not personal. Any comments and feedback, good or bad, helps you grow as a writing, so use them!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had five top literary agents, and a publisher, interested in my first book, Roadkill, but ultimately they all said “Nearly, but no contract…” After I picked myself up off the floor, I used all their advice/feedback, rewrote the book and self published with CreateSpace and KDP. Roadkill has now sold almost three thousand copies, since publication in September 2012.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Exciting, huge and international. The online connections, and social networking make it possible to not only self publish books, but also market them effectively. There will always be a slightly uneasy divide between traditional publishing, and self publishing, but there is room for both, and I have met some amazing writers, who have given great advice on this very subject! Ebooks and paperbacks; again, there is room for both. I love a well stocked book shelf, but equally, when I travel, I take my kindle.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print