About Jane Buckley:
I've never written anything in my life – other than boring reports – so when I decided to write Stones Corner, Turmoil, I was told I crazy!
I'd describe myself as one of those people who say when they're going to do something, they do it – no matter what!
I was born in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and left to seek my fortune at the tender age of 17 by getting on a bus to London, alone. Over the years, I married, became a mum, divorced, became a mum again, and married once more. During that time, I had a successful working career working for organisations such as American Express to the Bank of Ireland. I worked extremely hard but loved it. When my husband retired, we moved to the South of France, but I was desperately homesick and insisted (bless him!) we move to Ireland. I love being home but my goodness the weather has been a bit of a shock!
What inspires you to write?
Catherine Cookson always inspired me. Like me, she left school very young and didn't go to university. I thought if she can write over 100 books and sell 120 million of them worldwide then I can give it a shot! (Not that I EVER envisage being as successful!). She wrote from her own experiences and I've done the same. She wrote the truth and kept her writing simple with every emotion imaginable ingrained in her storytelling. I've always loved her books.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
As I've said Catherine Cookson. I also love Sebastian Faulks, Maeve Binchy, Marian Keynes, Roddy Doyle and a local writer here in Derry, Brian McGilloway, plus many more. I love a good thriller and a good laugh! I have to admit, I've struggled with reading since I began to write – I seem to look at the authors' style and words rather than relaxing and enjoying the story. 🙁
Tell us about your writing process.
I aim to write 2,000 words per day (1 chapter) and when I start to get ideas, I use an A3 drawing pad to throw them out interlinking all the storylines. Characters just seem to come to me as I research. My research is where I get inspiration, from the true events that happened during The Troubles.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I can almost feel and smell my characters when I'm writing! I'm in the room with them. There are a few characters I don't like and sometimes I can almost feel myself cringing as if they're standing right beside me!
What advice would you give other writers?
Just do it! If I can, you can! There's nothing to lose and the sensation of holding that book in your hands for the first time is amazing and unforgettable!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publish. Agents and publishers wouldn't touch Stones Corner. In fact, some were quite blatant about it. The Irish Troubles has/is always a difficult and sensitive subject. I had terrific help from Orla Kelly who is perfect for anyone who plans to go down the self-publishing route. I was determined and so cashed in some of my pension!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With COVID, I truly believe traditional publisher's dependency on book-shops will have changed substantially. It appears online sales are king. However, books are our lifeline to learning and relaxing and we will never stop reading.
What genres do you write?: Historical Thriller
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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