Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
I have young kids so am totally immersed in parent land, and that’s pretty much what I’m writing about at the moment. Write what you know, they say!
How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
At least 100. Probably more!
Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?
I was published first by Hachette, and then self published when my first novel had lukewarm sales. I learned so much from self publishing – it has changed my life. Now I publish with two different publishers, but will always self publish. To me, it’s the difference between homemade cakes, and cakes in packets. There’s just more love in the homemade kind! And that’s how I see self publishing. More love, because I really, really care about every aspect of my books.
Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
Oh my goodness, yes, yes yes. I think every author should self publish before they go anywhere near a publisher. You learn so much by selling direct to readers. Even really huge debut authors who’ve sold millions of books don’t always know how they’ve done it – and fail to be successful with book two. When you self publish you KNOW why things work. You have to learn fast!
Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
It does for me – because I self publish. If I only used trad publishers, I wouldn’t make enough to live on.
What is your favourite genre?
Probably non-fiction! I love learning. Other than that, I just like really popular books. So whatever genre is hot right now. I’m currently enjoying domestic noir, but am excited for whatever is around the corner.
Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?
Sue Townsend. I loved the Adrian Mole books, and what appears to be a simple style in those books is actually really difficult to do. Sue knows her characters so well, and can say something both revealing and funny about them in just a few words. Quite a talent!
In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?
Sue Townsend is the funniest writer ever, but she has sadly passed away. I’ve really enjoyed Sarah Turner, AKA the Unmumsy Mum’s books for laugh-out-loud value. But I have to say, I haven’t read a really funny book in a while. Would love some recommendations!
Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why?
Yes – when Fifty Shades of Grey came out, I imitated the light, first-person style for the Ivy Lessons. I loved writing this way and now use first person for all my books. So much simpler, easier to read and more intimate!
What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?
They’re up in my mum and dad’s loft somewhere J My Mum is a teacher so kept all our old school work, and is always telling me and my sis how good our handwriting was. I remember writing a poem about litter that won me a digital watch back in the 1980s, and that’s in the loft somewhere too.
Which of your books are you most proud of?
I am SO proud of the Ivy Lessons books, because they were my first mega-bestselling series and they hit the big time as self-published titles. Which I was so so proud of. BUT! From a literary point of view, I love the Bad Mother’s Diary books. I feel like they really mean something to do many women, we can relate to the characters and experiences, and there’s a lot of love!
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