What inspires you to write?
Being a reader. More than anything, I love a good book. A unique story: something that stays with me long after I have finished turning that final page. Something that makes me think. Something that could easily be me. I wanted to be the pen behind the words of such a novel, I wanted to write something I myself would enjoy reading. As already mentioned, the direct inspiration was the birth of my son, and the fact that I struggled with postnatal depression for quite some time. It was my research into this area that formed The Medea Complex.
Tell us about your writing process.
Oh, wow. A disorganized mess, to be honest. Lots of random pieces of paper, I used to write on anything and everything if an idea occurred to me. Post-its, backs of envelopes, in the margins of others’ books (!). I have so many files on my computer I don’t know what is what. Mounds of books, piled around the house. Lots of spider diagrams. Lots of highlighted passages, screwed up balls of paper. I even used my sons crayons. I went through two laptops because there where Rusk crumbs stuck inside the first one, and then my son spilt juice all over the keyboard. I have about five USB drives placed randomly in dressing gown pockets, bedside tables, and the kitchen ‘junk’ drawer. With regards to character development, that came first. The plot came out of their wants, needs, goals, and barriers to their achievements.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Talk? Perhaps when I was shouting at the computer. No really, I listened to them. Each of the characters for me where (and still are) completely alive within my head. Their personalities and idiosyncrasies wrote the novel for me. They are the ones, who through my imagination, made the novel come alive.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, edit, re-write, edit again, repeat a hundred times. Get beat readers, listen to feedback. Repeat whole process again and again and again. And keep at it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish to see what readers really thought of my novel. I’m a thoroughly impatient person, unfortunately. I also didn’t want agents to keep saying ‘no’, when there was potentially a readership out there. I needed to know for myself, and for the sake of my novel, whether I had done a good job in writing it. At this point however, I AM looking for an agent. Why? Because my book is having amazing feedback. I have several thousand followers across social media platforms, and an incredible amount of positive feedback. The readers have made me believe in my novel. Because they believe in it, so do I. And I am now ready to start the journey of finding an agent.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I really don’t know. Self publishing took off hard and fast, and I just don’t know how long that is sustainable for. I think both traditional publishing and self publishing will be around together, for a long time. I’m just not sure how well one will do as opposed to the other. I don’t think its about the method of publishing. I think its about how good the story is, and that’s the most important thing.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Psychological Thriller / Historical Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print