Nhys Glover is an Australian teacher, historian, life coach and author of more than 12 romance novels who now lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales where she draws her inspiration from her surroundings to write books that lift the spirit and feed the soul.
What inspires you to write?
I have to write. It’s more of an obsession than anything else.My Muse plays a part. She takes over once I get an idea. I find myself drawn to interesting times and often use time travel as my vehicle to get me to those places and times. In ‘Caught in a Dream’ those places are a fabrication of a cyber virtual world but no less based on research of the period.
Tell us about your writing process.
I sometimes feel like a secretary who is taking down notes dictated by someone else, or a movie goer who is trying to write about the movie they’re watching, as they’re watching it. I never know exactly how my story will unfold, and yet when I look back after the first draft there is rarely any need for much plot reworking. I just do some nipping and tucking. I get vicarious pleasure out of writing this way as I feel more like I’m reading a good book than writing it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters a real people to me, and I will often consult them if the story is getting a bit blurry in my head. With ‘Caught in a Dream’ my characters became different people which was an interesting experience for them and for me. My writing style changed with the POV and the scenario. So its like my people talk through me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn your craft and then throw away the handbook and trust your Muse.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was excited when Amazon introduced Kindle ebooks. I realised that I could find my audience that way. I have never had much time for the soul-destroying paths that led to the mainstream publishers’ doors. I never fitted their formulas or what was selling that year… Now 300 books of mine are being downloaded daily and I have wonderful readers all over the world who tell me how much they love the worlds I create.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Indie Publishing is the future of the industry in my mind. Ebooks beat paper, hands down. I never thought I’d say that as I always loved the tactile experience of reading. But now I carry hundreds of books around on my little Kindle Fire and download a new book instantly, whenever one attracts my attention. And Indie published books are just as good as the mainstream competitors, but usually a lot cheaper. Is there any doubt where the future of the industry will be?
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance in a range of sub-genres like SF, paranormal, time travel and historical
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print