If there is one thing I needed to bring to my new site it was my Interview With series. I am loving everyones answers and they're so inspiring it really makes me believe that we can do anything we put our minds too. With that, here is my interview with Sophie. Her book review will be coming next week!
1. You've recently published your new novel The Defeatist - how did you come up with the idea for the book?
Yes, I self-published "The Defeatist" on Amazon back in April this year. On the whole, I find that writing novels comes fairly naturally to me. Sometimes I'll come up with the initial idea by basing it on a dream I've just had. I just have to make sure that I always keep a notebook and pen on my bedside table.
2. Did you do any planning/outlining beforehand?
I'll pre-plan my characters to some extent to try and make them as realistic and relate-able to as I can. I wrote 'chapter outlines' early on, which helped me to stay on track, but after a while, the novel changed direction anyway. After that, I just free wrote and only started properly planning again as I approached the final few chapters. Writing the ending of my novels is something I always find very hard, it's impossible to please everyone!
3. Did you decide to self publish or did you go through an established publishing house?
I self-publish all of my novels through KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) on Amazon. To be honest, I don't trust little publishing houses, I feel that they're just trying to take advantage of aspiring authors and they don't give you much in return. I looked at one, and they wanted to charge me £40 just to have one of my novels put on kindle. I don't see the point when it's something I can do myself for free!
4. What do you enjoy the most about writing?
When I'm writing, I find myself getting lost in my own little world and tend to lose track of time. I think I use writing as a way to express myself and write about things that interest me. I'm normally a relatively shy person, but writing is a great way to put my emotions down on paper.
5. When you started writing did you have a full time job?
When I started writing, I was actually in quite a bad place. I'd just quit my university course, and had been used to working 37.5 hour weeks as a student nurse. Now, I definitely have more time on my hands in general, and I'm able to fit my writing around my working hours. I do try to work at set times, but find that I write best in the evenings.
6. Do you have any ideas for more books?
You know, I really wish that I did. I'm not going to push myself, otherwise I end up writing rubbish. I do have a couple of ideas, and there's something that I've written that I might revisit in the future. We'll see! A part of me wants to write a book about my student nursing experience, second year was absolutely awful! I wish that I'd kept a detailed diary at the time, as it might have made good book material.
7. Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I've been writing lots of poems and have been posting them on my blog. I've written a mini-poetry series and based them around my novel. You can find them on sophiebowns.wordpress.com
8. What's one piece of advise you would give to aspiring writers?
Never, ever give up! If you're serious about writing, you have to keep going. I've got so much to learn still. Even if you receive a negative review on Amazon or Goodreads (people have a habit of trolling authors on there) don't take it personally, especially if their comment is rude. Someone left me a 2* review on there. When I asked her why, she was quite rude to me. (I think she was angry because I'd turned down her editorial services a week previously.) Another thing I'd say is, don't take things to heart. You will get the occasional 'troll' and not everyone will enjoy your writing genre. I appreciate getting constructive criticism, and don't mind 3* reviews, as long as the person gives me advice on how I can improve in the future. It's early days for me yet, I've only been writing novels properly for two and a half years.
Thank you so much to Sophie for taking part, and you guys for reading! Fancy being apart of the series? Give me a nudge either on Twitter or by E-mail!