Quite often after I’ve finished reading a book I’m left with questions – not necessarily about plot or character development but more about the author and their path to publication.
That’s why I started the Behind The Book series, which is my chance to quiz writers about all the things I’m interested in – and hopefully help others with the same burning ambition to write and publish a novel (or three).
Thank you to all the lovely authors who have taken the time to answer my questions.
* With two successful contemporary romances under her belt – and another on the way – Julie Stock has some amazing tips for anyone interested in “indie” publishing, along with writers in general.
* Jen Gilroy had a target of writing 250 words a day at one point as she juggled a hectic job and family life. Find out how those words added up to his first book in her wonderful FireFly Lake series.
* A clairvoyant gave Jessica Redland the initial idea for her debut novel. Since then four more have followed and Jessica proves to be entertaining and inspiring interviewee.
*If I was going to write books for children I’d want a name as good as A Bogie but is it a nom de plume? I ask Anna about that and many other things.
*Award-winning journalist, author, editor, proof reader and mentor, Keiron Pim‘s last book was named best debut biography in 2016 by The Guardian. Find out what he has to say about writing non-fiction.
* Saga writer Susanna Bavin reveals her top three tips for writers and talks about writing her second book in just six months.
* H J Moat had a publisher interested in her debut but decided to go it alone and stay true to the story she wanted to tell.