I have a degree in Philosophy from Hull University in the UK and I worked for some years in the IT and charity sectors. Around the time that my daughter was born, I set up as a freelance copywriter, editor and proofreader, as I just knew I wanted to work with words. I had already completed the first draft of my novel Writing the Town Read but I had plenty of work to do on it, when time allowed.
From setting up as a freelancer, I developed a small publishing business, working with essentially self-publishing authors, and this year I went ahead published Writing the Town Read.
I have lived throughout the UK, including Yorkshire, the West Midlands and Bristol.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by people, places, and my over-active imagination.
I am really interested in people. In they way they speak, act, react and interact.
I often find myself looking at other people’s situations (and also my own), thinking ‘what if this happened…’ then imagining how they and their significant others would feel, what they would do and what further events might unfold. I have to stop myself sometimes!
Tell us about your writing process.
I think about a story a lot before writing very much down at all. I might make a note of a particular scene or conversation which I think I might forget the details of. Sometimes I think of something late at night and neglect to write it down, willing myself to remember it in the morning. Sometimes I am disappointed!
I imagine my characters, and the places I will write about.
I tend to write the story chronologically. I just get the bones of it out there, on paper (or screen to be precise) and then I can begin the very long process of editing, re-writing, scrapping some parts, and adding new.
I ask close family and friends to read what I have written, if they are interested, to get some feedback and possibly new ideas but I appreciate that they are not fully objective, no matter how hard they try!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I must admit I don’t really go to these lengths, however I do think about them an awful lot and ‘get to know them’ in my mind.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would advise other writers to keep on writing! To enjoy writing for its own sake, to be realistic about chances of becoming a best-seller, but also to think that some people make it so why shouldn’t you be one of them?
I would also, as a publishing professional, advise writers to get their books thoroughly proof-checked, and ideally edited, before even beginning to think of publishing. I know that sounds like I am touting for business but seriously, who wants to read a badly-formatted book which jumps about from past to present tense and is full of spelling and grammatical errors?
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As I had published for other writers, I knew I really needed to go ahead and publish my own work. I set myself a date, of March 2013, to finish my final edits and just go for it! I knew I was happy with the story but I could go on forever changing small details, which would be of no benefit to anyone.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will be more and more self-publishing authors, which is no bad thing, but it will become even more difficult to get a book noticed unless you have some serious marketing power. The market for ebooks will continue to grow, but I don’t think the death of the hard copy is here just yet!
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Contemporary and Women’s Fiction.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print.
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