Memoir author Natasha Holme has been a prolific diarist since her teenage years. To date, the number of words she has written approximate 7,000,000, exceeding Samuel Pepys’s 2,000,000 and nineteenth century lesbian diarist Anne Lister’s 4,000,000 combined.
Before acquiring a computer, Natasha wrote her diaries in code, based on the ancient Greek alphabet, photographs of which can be seen on her website here: www.lesbian-crushes-and-bulimia.com/photographs-of-natasha-holmes-diaries/
Natasha is working on further books taken from her diaries, to include subjects such as living with a drug dealer, experimenting with drugs, wandering and sleeping rough, squatting, and unknowingly dating a transsexual woman.
What inspires you to write?
I have written over seven million words of diaries (that’s around seventy novels), and have always dreamt of publishing them one day.
Tell us about your writing process.
I work from my diaries, which were hand-written in a code based on the Greek alphabet. I regiment myself to transcribing seven thousand words per week. It’s hard work, but I love it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I completed my manuscript in 2011, not knowing anything about self-publishing. So, I started off on the traditional route, seeking appropriate literary agents. Because a memoir is non-fiction, the first literary agent I chose was asking for a detailed book proposal. This involved so much research (potential audience, endorsements, competing books, etc), that writing it set me back five weeks.
Every literary agent has their own submission guidelines, none of which are the same. The process is exhausting. They also ask you not to send your work to any other agents while you wait two or three months for their decision.
Then a friend whispered “Kindle” in my ear. I didn’t know anything about it, but decided to learn fast. It’s utterly thrilling for me to be able to bypass the laborious process of finding an agent, who then cannot even guarantee to convince a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s got to be digital. That readers can download any book we want as soon as we want is exciting.
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