I do love being the one to interview authors. Seeing as I want to be one their answers always seem so inspiring and I hope, any newbie, in progress authors out there it is for you too. My friend and author Lynsey is joining me on the blog today;
Your first books are currently out – how did the idea for it come to you for Just The Way You Are?
The idea came when I was planning another book using the same set of characters! The love letters were going to be used in a much smaller way, but they caught my imagination and I decided to do a story based around them instead.
How did you find the process of getting published?
In a word, surreal! It all happened really quickly; I got the email offering me a deal in December and Just the Way You Are was published in May, so there wasn’t any time to stop and think about things. It’s been one of the best and most exciting experiences of my life and I’m so grateful to be able to share my stories with everyone.
Will we be seeing more from Ava?
I’m not sure about Ava, but I’d definitely love to visit some of the other characters again. Fran, for instance, has lots of stories left to tell, as do Ivy and Leo!
You’ve mentioned on twitter that you’ve done a cover reveal for Book 2 – who designs the covers?
The lovely people at Carina do. I’m really lucky, they make absolutely gorgeous covers.
What made you want to start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember really. First it was scripts for Friends (I take credit for Ross and Rachel) and now it’s novels. I can’t really remember a time where I was scribbling something down. What makes me want to write is because I’ve got so many stories in my head that I want to share with everyone. If I didn’t write, I’d just have to tell them all to my mum, so I think she’s quite glad that I write them all down!
How would you describe a typical writing day for you? What processes do you go through?
I don’t really have a typical writing day. This is mostly thanks to my dog providing a constant and very cute distraction. On the days where she’s distracted by her toys or something shiny, I sit down after breakfast (can’t function without it) and open up my WIP to get started. Then of course, I get distracted by pictures of Dylan O’Brien, David Henrie or my other future husbands…
Do you ever write down any dreams that you have?
Sometimes. My dreams are a bit off-the-wall so they might make quite weird stories. But if I have one that I think would be make a good story, I write it down somewhere.
Do you plan you books before writing them?
What I should write here is ‘yes of course I do’, but in reality, I don’t. I usually get a rough idea of a story and characters in my head then dive straight on in. What I don’t know when I start out, I usually find out while I’m writing. I really admire the authors who plan their novels on loads of Post-Its and I’d love to do it myself for one day. For now though, I’m a pantster.
Just The Way You Are is written from Ava’s perspective in Third person, would you ever consider changing perspective in future books?
Yeah sure! I like playing around with different techniques to see if they work and it’d be fun to write in a different tense or find a new way of telling a story.
Have you ever encountered writers block? If so how to you counter it?
Yeah, I’ve encountered it quite a few times. I’ve found the best thing is to just keep writing. It might be utter rubbish, but sometimes you can write something that sparks off a whole new set of ideas.
Any Advice for aspiring writers?
Keep writing. That’s about as basic as it gets, but it’s the best advice I can give. I used to think dreams didn’t come true for people like me, but they do. All you have to do is believe in yourself and keep trying.