When did you first know you could be a writer?
About ten years ago, after having written an essay and showing it to friends, I was encouraged to pursue this as an avenue for expression.
What inspires you to write and why?
I have an overactive imagination and having met many interesting people in my life, I feel I have much material of which to invent from.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
So far it is the paranormal romance genre. Despite this genre largely revolving around vampires (which do not interest me), I am drawn to it by my fascination in ghosts, the occult, mystical forces and beliefs. Not as religious practice, but for artistic procurement, given the rich imagery and theatricality that comes with these spiritual idioms.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Creating flowing and comprehensible sentences, that are interesting and grammatically correct.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
There have been numerous lessons. The main insight is that less is better.
To a person who loves detail, it is a difficult pill to swallow. I do now realise however, that if I want to sell enough books to cover costs etc (particularly in the USA) I will have to do away with the lyrical style and words that have more than 2 syllables.
My latest book is set in New York 1989, so the language is much simpler.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
I will continue to write regardless of financial gain, because I fill a need and motivation to. Whether I can survive of it remains to be seen.
Genre - Historical, Fantasy, Romance
Rating - PG-16