Author, Editor and Movie Producer, this lady has done them all! Though she claims that it was all about being in the right place at the right time, she sure has a way with words. And editing them too!
She says that one must 'NEVER give up – on writing to please yourself, on reading what you enjoy, on listening to advice' but taking it all down with a pinch of salt. She also has advice for the editor, wherein an editor must not alter storylines, characters, plots etc without speaking to the writer, first. I have only one thing to say to her, 'Yes Ma'am'. Let's read on...
What are you looking for in a book, when it first comes to you?
connection between the storyteller and reader.
Once I’ve finished, I send my stories out to my editor because, no matter how good you are at editing, I believe the brain sees what it’s written and thinks ‘I did that, it’s perfect!’ for most of the time.
Only when I’m 100% happy with the end result will it go to print.
Don’t take ‘No’ as the definitive answer. Seek out the ‘Yes!’ and go for it.
Ignore those who say you’ll never make it.
Brides of Clemmants is a ghost story with a difference. Set in the late 18th century for the most part, the beginning is a tragic wedding day back in Elizabethan times.
My other favourite is On Writing by Stephen King. It’s a great insight to how he learned his craft and has helped me improve my own.