1. What is the best thing about being an author?
I would say top of the list is being able to do the job I have dreamed of since childhood. Nothing brings me as much satisfaction as sitting down to create worlds. A close second is having creative control of that environment, something I am able to experience as an indie author.
2. What does success mean to you?
Being able to write as my day job is my definition of success. Long may it continue! It doesn’t necessarily mean I sell piles of books at a time, or earn particularly well (and I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with wanting to earn from your creativity), but that can all be added to over time and with persistence.
3. If you could swap lives with someone for a week, who would it be with and why?
A really random answer, but I have been recently watching an aircraft investigation series, and I find the investigator’s job fascinating. Obviously there is the tragic element, but I would love to solve the mystery of why/how the crash occurred.
I am assuming science, mathematics and an understanding of aviation engineering would also be swapped alongside, otherwise I’d be useless!
4. How do you find inspirations for your books?
Several of my ideas have formed from ‘free write’ exercises. This is when you have a vague prompt, such as ‘Thursday’ or ‘The Party’ and then you sit and write for a time period, without stopping. I often go back at a later date to edit the body of work and it develops into a story. Other stories have just appeared, when sketching down ideas, and I am not conscious of where they come from. I do find places inspiring and The Things We Regret is set in Cornwall and the next book in Suffolk – both locations that I love and have drawn memories from. The novel I am editing at the moment is loosely inspired by a song, which is a new experience for me.
5. What is the best thing about publication day?
This is my first ‘big’ one, so I’ll let you know! The last time I published it was a Christmas short story and I didn’t really do much except promote it. When I published my first novel a couple of years earlier, I was heavily pregnant and rushing to get the book out before the due date, so I probably just rested and took it easy afterwards. This time round there is a lot to prepare and plenty going on during the day (including on my author pages), so that is new and exciting and I’m looking forward to it.
The Things We Regret https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09G6WFF7B/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_E4MN3WDC8XR4XBTFA8T3
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