Age About fiftyish, that’s all I’m admitting to.
Where you live Thirsk, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
1) How long have you been writing? I have been writing for just over a year.
2) What or who was your inspiration to write? Nothing or nobody in particular inspired me to write. From being a young child and throughout senior school, I always enjoyed writing essays/short stories. Reading is another favourite pastime of mine and I joined the local library at seven years old. Writing poems has also been a passion of mine, but usually just humourous pieces for the entertainment of myself, my family and friends.
3) Which genre do you like to read? My preferred genre to read is crime thrillers. Why? I suppose because a substantial amount of crime thrillers are true to life.
4) Do you write this genre or others? No I don’t write this genre at the moment as I am busy writing erotica/romance, but it is something I would like to try my hand at when I have finished my trilogy. Why? No particular reason, other than the fact that when I sat down to write my first novel, Fifty Shades or Grey was the book of the moment and I set out to give readers a raunchy read but with much more story than Fifty Shades.
5) Who are your favorite authors? My favourite authors are many. Agatha Christie murders were the first adult books I started to read, so she has got to be one of them. English horror writer, James Herbert, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, Brett Battles, Patricia Cornwell and JK Rowling.
6) How do you create your characters? I base some aspects of my main characters on people that I know, but then add little quirks from totally different people. The people who I have based them on would never be able to recognize themselves, because there are physical attributes and personality traits that I add.
7) Do you give them names before you develop them? My main characters were given names before I started to develop them, yes!
8) How do you choose your characters names? Again these could be based on people I have known over the years. If my characters are likeable I give them the names of people I have liked and likewise, I give names of people I have disliked to characters that are not so nice.
9) Do you edit as you write or after you get your manuscript written? For my first novel, I completed my manuscript before I started to edit, which was a lot of hard work at the end, and I edited the whole manuscript twice. With book two I am editing as I am writing and I think the end process will seem much easier.
10) Do you have an agent, publisher, or self-publish? If you’ve used more than one which was most profitable? I don’t have an agent or a publisher, so I self-published “Going Up and Going Down” in Kindle and paperback format.
11) What advice have you received to help you and what advice would you give a new writer? I have received plenty of useful advice and tips throughout the time it took me to complete and publish my novel. That advice was mostly pertaining to writing, editing, formatting, uploading and marketing. Along the way, I’ve also had help with regard to the social media aspect, getting myself established on Facebook and Twitter within the writing communities.
12) The best advice I would give to a new writer is…..NEVER GIVE UP! It’s hard work, don’t get disillusioned with your writing if it seems rough around the edges. Just get your story down, get it written. You can go back and tweak things and fine tune them later in the day. If you’re stuck with anything…..ask another writer.
List the links to your work here: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00IHOGZSM/
List your social media links here: Twitter: @AuthorEva
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