About Ewa Dodd:
I am Polish by origin, but have lived in London all my life. I've always loved reading – I was a real book nerd as a child and spent many a half term in the kids' corner of Waterstone's making my way through the shelves. (My dad was a bookseller and I was allowed two new books a week, provided I was on my best behaviour.) I always secretly dreamt of writing my own book, and as I grew older I became fascinated by modern Polish history, so I decided that's what I wanted to focus on in my writing. 'The Walls Came Down' is my first published book.
What inspires you to write?
I was inspired to write by all of the great authors I've read over the years. My favourite writers are those who use a historical setting and have a person story at the centre, like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Khaled Hosseini.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don't usually have a whole plot in mind – I just start writing and see where it takes me. I like to jot down ideas in the 'notes' app on my phone when I'm travelling and then put them together into a good structure when I have some spare time at home.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't talk to my characters, but I do often say their dialogue aloud to check that it actually sounds like them. There are often moments when I realise that there are particular words that they may not necessarily say.
What advice would you give other writers?
To never give up, no matter how many rejections you get, and to always ask for feedback so that you can improve on your next submission.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was lucky enough to find an interested publisher, having entered my book into a competition, but there are so many different routes to publication. It's worth researching them all before you commit. Competitions and prizes are always a good place to start though.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that readers won't give up on the printed book. It's still such a nice feeling to hold a physical book in your hand, so I hope (fingers crossed) that bookshops won't disappear entirely and that the world of reading won't become entirely digital.
What genres do you write?: historical, mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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