When I finished my first draft I handed it over to some very trusted BETA readers who really helped me make the right changes and corrections to my book By the Sea (hi mum) when my book published I asked my BETA readers if they would kindly ask me some questions to answer on my blog. I’m really surprised by the questions and I’m too excited to get answering. So here we go,
1. What made you decide to write a novel?
Well I have always wrote short stories or I’d always seem to write a few chapters of a story and then leave it at that but after a few family members (who I would hide my writing from) told me I should definitely consider writing to publish, I decided to write for that goal and I have always loved creating stories so it always felt like it was only a matter of time that I wrote my first novel and that’s what I did.
2. What was your inspiration for your story to be based in Cornwall?
For me whenever I would leave Cornwall I felt this invisible tether that was pulling me back into that direction, I always felt that I could always be myself in Cornwall and the beaches and the ocean that is around me fuels my creativity. So giving By the Sea Cornwall, was giving the book a little piece of me.
3. Are the characters in your story based on people you know?
I try to keep people I know out of my stories but you can’t help but give certain characteristics to some of the characters, also I feel like a lot of myself and some of my own characteristics are woven in there with certain characters.
4. Was there an alternative ending in your story?
Yes I wrote it on a bad day and it ended very badly, thankfully I changed it, but then I changed the ending again right at the point of publishing. I always start my stories with the ending but when the end comes it’s always been changed god knows how many times.
5. With two small children where did you find the time to write a novel?
Nap times. 2 AM writing sessions. Haha. Writing with small children isn’t all that hard, the editing/rewriting process was hard to do because of the concentration so that was done specifically during nap times and yes way passed my own bedtime, although it was difficult because I couldn’t just sit and write for hours on end, it made it a challenge. I could’ve quit at anytime but I didn’t and I’m happy I pulled through.
6. How long did it take you to write your book and how was the process?
I started By the Sea on the 18th October 2016 and finished the first draft on the 25th of May 2017 and I published on the 5th of August. My process is really to try to write everyday whether it be only one page or ten, just write and I read a lot which helped me.
7. Are you going to write anymore novels?
Yes I am, I am currently working on two, one another romance set on the Cornish and Norfolk coast and one that will be part of a trilogy.
8. What will the genre of your next novel be?
The novel I’m writing for the trilogy is a Supernatural Fantasy fiction, but I enjoy writing Romance so I’ll be always at some time be writing that genre as well.
9. Who are your favourite authors?
My favourite of all time is Stephen King, not just for his work but his knowledge. I enjoy a lot of authors if they write well and captivate me they’re my favourite even if I’ve only read one of their books.
10. If you could write a fictional story but the character was a historical or famous person, who would it be?
I love this question. It’s proving a little difficult to answer because in my mind I have already created seven stories with a character being someone famous haha. Ok, it would have to be Elvis Presley I would love to write a fictional story and have Elvis Presley as my main character and have him as an actual King.
I absolutely loved answering these questions, if anyone has any questions they’d like me to answer, leave it in my comments or message/tweet me because I will totally be doing another Q&A soon. Also some exciting news I will be creating a little interview series on my blog…..more information soon!
Peace & Love x