Do you run an interior design blog? Are you capable of writing concise, interesting articles that are between 700 and 1,000 words long? ...
Your book sounds really interesting. What was the most challenging aspect of writing your story? Self-doubt. You know the cliche about...
I'd like to thank author Carole Wolf for taking the time to answer some questions for my readers about her books and what it means to b...
There are two types of zombie writers. The first type of zombie writer is the one who watches a few episodes of The Walking Dead and g...
What was the hardest part about writing A DANGEROUS FICTION? The plotting, definitely. A DANGEROUS FICTION is a mystery, so I had to ke...
- December (8)
- November (28)
- October (31)
- September (12)
- How People Found The Hungry Freelancer This Week
- Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl
- Christmas Gifts for Writers
- Don't write for free
- Just the Right Book!
- Surviving Marriage With a Writer
- Author Interviews: Mel Parish
- Campus Book Rentals
- How to get a book published
- Writing Leads: Writing Contests
- Rules for Writers
- 5 Writing Blogs You Don't Want to Miss
- July (31)
- June (13)
- May (9)
- April (6)
- March (8)
- February (10)
- January (21)
- December (22)
- November (25)
- October (25)
- September (30)
- August (34)
- July (35)
- June (43)
- May (22)
- April (26)
- March (11)
- January (1)
Friday, August 16, 2013
8:05 PM | Posted by Beth | | Edit Post
What made you decide to become a writer?
As a child I was an avid reader and when I wasn’t reading I could usually be found scribbling stories, most of which never made it past the first few chapters. When I was twelve we were asked to write a long story for a school assignment, ideally with more than one chapter. I got carried away and wrote a full length mystery novel set in the Isle of Skye (which just happened to be where we had spent our vacation the previous summer). I’ve often wondered whether the A+ grade I received was because the teacher really thought it was good or whether he had just taken one look at the length and gave the grade for effort! I know he never assigned any more long stories. Sadly the novel didn’t survive the regular clear out at the end of the school year, which is a shame as I think it would be fun to read it now.
I continued writing for pleasure up until I left school, but the only career advice I got involving books was to be a librarian, which for some reason didn’t appeal. In early adulthood, career advancement (I eventually decided to become an accountant) and then marriage meant my writing was cast aside for many years, though I still read voraciously.
One day when my daughter was about nine, she announced she was writing a book. Along with the ‘just like me’ moment, it brought back all the memories of how much I had enjoyed this particular passion. I wondered: Why had I stopped? And what harm was there in trying again? So I did.
I wrote one novel and enjoyed the process so much that I wrote another. By the time e-books and print-on-demand became a viable option I had four completed novels so I thought I might as well give self-publishing a try with at least one of them. And it’s been a fabulous experience.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
There are so many things I like about writing, but if I have to pick just one, it would be getting lost in the characters. I don’t outline my books. I come up with a seed of an idea along the lines of ‘what would happen if x did y?’, add a location and a couple of character ideas to the mix, mull it over for a while and then let them take off. I’m constantly surprised at what they get up to! I don’t always agree with what they want to say or do, but I’ve discovered it’s futile to try and make them do otherwise. They are usually right—it’s in the best interest of the story.
What do you want readers to know about you?
After the above answer, I should probably reassure them I’m not really crazy. I do have an insatiable curiosity about what makes people tick and why they make the choices they do. I love listening to people talk about their lives and jobs, I love to travel and try new activities. I think, subliminally, it all feeds into the writing process, but even if it doesn’t it just makes life so much more interesting.
If you could offer aspiring writers one piece of advice, what would you say?
Ask yourself whether you love to write, whether you would do it regardless of whether you get published or not. If you don’t enjoy the process to start with, I can’t think of anything more soul-destroying than to force yourself to sit down and write. But if you do love it, never give up!
Check out Mel's books on Amazon or visit her website. For additional updates, don't forget to read her blog. Thank you again to Mel for taking the time to participate in this interview!
Labels: Author Interviews