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Hi, Tay! Thank you so much for having me here on Chicks That Read. J Sometimes the idea that I’m a writer still seems bizarre to me. I never had big dreams of writing a book; in fact, as a child, I DETESTED writing. Yet, here I am two books later! Who would believe that a career as a Human Resources Manager would lead me to develop quite the affinity for writing? Since I have been lucky enough to be able to stay at home with my boys, I found a small amount of time to write about far more interesting topics than my previous career had afforded.
I’m fairly sure that I would never have had the guts to become a writer if I didn’t have a fabulous story idea based on my life. Thank goodness that I met and married my husband, an incredibly romantic Frenchman, in six months! My life with him has given me so many wonderful things and a career as a writer is just the cherry on top.
My writing style, like me, is very casual and sarcastic. I talk directly to the reader often; sharing my main character’s witticisms and worries. I LOVE anything to do with the 80s, so you will encounter numerous references to movies and songs from the decade of excess in my books. I find the end result to be quite entertaining, but I may be a little biased! (Is it a bad thing that I crack myself up on a regular basis?) I have often wished that I could write a dramatic tome, perhaps something based in history, but I don’t think that this is where my talent lies. I am meant for the world of romantic comedy! At least for the foreseeable future.
I start my books with a brief outline in my handy dandy Darth Vader notebook – because who can’t benefit from the use of the force? Once I have a firm idea of how my story is going to play out, I start writing the chapters. As new ideas come to me, I jump from chapter to chapter, adding notes and/or full sections of dialogue. Sounds a little haphazard, doesn’t it? In all other areas of my life, things are meticulously planned, but when it comes to my writing, a little bit of spontaneity works for me!
At this point in time, since my stories are based loosely on my life, I have a good idea of how the stories will finish. I have certainly exaggerated for comedic effect, condensed characters and storyline to keep the plot flowing and even added a few fictitious events just for fun. I consider this last part good practice for me, because after my third book, French Fry, I will be leaving the French Twist series behind and delving fully into the world of fiction. Cross your fingers for me!
I have been a self-published author for ten short months, but have learned a great deal already. One of the hardest ideas that I have come to terms with is the need to develop a thick skin. I’m more sensitive than most people and negative comments about my work are hard to take. Not to be confused with constructive criticism, which is necessary for all of us to become better writers. But I believe that if you arm yourself with a talented editor as well as both beta readers and proofreaders, your work will be in good shape to face the rest of the public. Just keep in mind that the world is full of people with different interests and some people are not going to like your book. Unfortunately, a small portion of those people will enjoy telling you about it. Sometimes in great detail.
Don’t despair, new authors! You will find the people that appreciate what you have to offer with your precious books. It will most likely take longer than you would like, but you will find them. In the meantime, get yourself out into the world of social media! Join Facebook and Twitter chat groups and find yourself some author friends. There are ton of talented folks ready to help and they will understand aspects of your life that your closest friends and family won’t. I feel closer to some of the authors that I have known for a few months than some people I have known for years. It has been an incredible experience and I look forward to the continuing adventure!
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I'm a bookwhore, yes I said it, I have no shame, I will wander off with any old book I'm not even a little bit ashamed. Twenty Seven, Mum, SEND Teaching Assistant, general beauty hoarder and lover of the Irish.