About Paula Wynne:
I’m an award-winning entrepreneur who day-dreams up new plots for my novels while walking through the Andalusian countryside with my springer spaniel, Dexter. The Grotto’s Secret, is my début novel after two best-selling business books, Create A Successful Website and Pimp My Site.
What inspires you to write?
Moving to Spain fulfilled my lifelong dream to write novels. During the hunt for our new home in rural Andalusia, my husband and I found a tranquil home with stunning views down the Valle del Guadalhorce towards Malaga and Marbella.
Apart from a white-washed village in the far distance, the valley is lush with green wheat fields and rolling hills, shadowed by layer upon layer of distant mountains. The magnificent Sierra del Torcal towers over the back of the house. My first sight of the Guadalhorce Valley gave birth to the fictional location of The Grotto’s Secret.
As I gazed at the stunning view, a medieval character just popped into my head and I could see her in that landscape. She was so real and had a story to tell.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually give Dexter a long walk on the country tracks around my house in Andalusia which lets my mind go freely into any areas of my book that are bothering me. I get home, eat breakfast with my hubby on our patio overlooking the most stunning view and then I settle down to a day of inspired writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, YES! My husband, Ken, calls them the ‘squatters in my head’. I get him involved too by suggesting he gives me quirks or bits of dialogue a character can say and do. He enjoys being involved with my ‘squatters’.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never, never give up your quest to be an author. Read books in your genre to learn from the greats and devour as many writing books as you can. New writers may find my FREE book a help: http://amzn.to/22hGDl9
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to write the stories in my heart and head not want someone else wanted me to write. And talking to so many Indie Authors I started to realise I could publish my own books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The sky is the limit. Indie publishing has given so many authors a chance to get noticed where traditional publishers wouldn’t. In saying that I do think Indie Authors must still go through the rigorous processes like numerous editing passes to produce the best book they can possibly give to a reader.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: My first novel, The Grotto’s Secret is a conspiracy thriller with a historical mystery twist but readers have reviewed it as ‘Historical, thriller, mystery, suspense, romance, conspiracy’. Some readers have said it contains bits of all these genres.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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