What inspires you to write?
From a young age I was encouraged to read a wide variety of books, I grew up loving adventure novels, the idea of discovery and venturing into the unknown has always inspired me creatively.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do a vast amount of research before I start a project, I will use anything to write a note to myself when inspiration hits for a story. I carry notepads, post-it's and use my phone to keep track of ideas, news articles or websites I've come across. When I'm at home I have a large workspace which is usually littered with non-fiction textbooks, maps, files and fictional works all necessary for my research stage! Sometimes I will create a timeline and character outline a bit like a storyboard, it's so helpful to have a visual reference!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes! I try and imagine what it might be like to talk with one of my characters, what their thoughts and feelings are and why they are on the path they have chosen. It helps me to solidify them as a character and what their motivations might be in the story.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ernest Hemingway created such vivid incredible characters as well as the worlds they lived in, they were complicated, flawed beings and challenging, and always makes me think deeply about human nature.
Karen Maitland is a wonderful historical novelist, she weaves wonderful tales with so many layers and incredible characters.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was very lucky to find a publisher with a love for historical fiction and in particular the Viking era. I submitted my manuscript and was beyond thrilled when it was accepted. The process of submitting your work takes time and patience, but perseverance is key, and a little self-belief.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing is a wonderful way for your work to reach out to the readers, it is also a good way to attract the attention of agents and potential publishers. I have the great pleasure of working with a marvellous team and think that my publisher is very forward thinking. The world of publishing is changing as is the method of promoting your work after it has been printed, the author should feel encouraged to be as involved as possible and I am happy to have had this advantage.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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