Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I probably don’t have to, but I love to, and I believe it enhances my writing. You observe things more often, when you are a tourist. And you have travel time in which to mull over things you are seeing.
What books have most influenced your life? James Joyce’s Ulysses has been a huge influence. For me, that book is all about freedom. Freedom to express yourself. Freedom to write what you would want to read, rather second guessing your audience. Let them decide for themselves.
Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor? Unfortunately no. I would have loved a mentor. When I look back now, I think how great that would have been. Especially after my father died, and Mum was left with the five of us, in a foreign country, battling to make sense of things. He died unexpectedly, and I guess we felt deserted, looking back. My mother had to suddenly be very strong for the five of us she had to single parent alone. So maybe she was my mentor. She is a writer too, by the way., Two books.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? I write slowly and carefully. So patience is required from my dear readers. I apologize for that. Yes, you can expect more. But thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patience. I really meant that.
Have you started another book yet? I have started so many. But there is one in particular, a short one, that I am longing to return to. I have written the first draft. I think it’s a mere 50,000 words or so. But I love it, and I’m looking forward to getting back to it and doing everything I can to make it the best it can be. It’s called Under the Garden.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Gosh, that’s scary. I don’t want to answer that. Hopefully I will be OK. And the people I love will all be OK. And happy. Let’s move on.
Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I am doing a lot of reading for my regular job. Stuff I won’t bore you with here, suffice to say it’s about how to support social workers who are all ready doing a fantastic job to do an even better one. It’s important reading. I hope I can communicate what I learn to other social workers I work with, whom I admire enormously for what they do daily.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? One of the most exciting tools isn’t being recognized as such yet by many – the ebook. I’m not talking about the ebook as an end product for the reader, let’s set that aside for the moment. I’m talking about creating your absolute final draft as an ebook, and then editing it all over again in that format. It’s amazing what you see. No writer in history has had the opportunity to see their end product like this and be able to continue to work on it. It’s like the gift of the ultrasound to this generation. You are able to see your baby before it’s born.
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Genre – Young Adult / Science Fiction
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