Hi AJ great to have you back
Would you like to being by telling your readers what you have been working on over the last few months ?
For the past six months I’ve been busy working on a crime thriller, which has now been sent out to various publishing houses. I’m also still finishing off my recipe book & my children’s book project. Now that the novel is out of my hands, so to speak, I’m back to researching my ‘Jack the Ripper’ suspect. It’s hard work juggling everything but so rewarding.
Can we expect to see a new release from before the end of year ?
The simple answer is no. I won’t have any new releases this year as I still have lots of projects to finish. However, I will be doing lots of book signings & interviews over the next few months too.
What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
I think the most important thing is to make your characters & their actions believable. Whether the reader loves or hates them, they have to be able to relate to why events are unfolding in a certain way & also to understand how characters feel about each other. I spend a lot of time thinking about my players in a book, their likes & dislikes, how they dress & their accents. It’s important.
What would you say are the upsides and downsides of being an author?
The upside, for me anyway, is being able to completely lose yourself in a plot & become so absorbed in writing a story that you can see it play out like a film. It’s exciting & pushes me to continue my profession. The downside is definitely the marketing as it’s so time-consuming & I don’t consider myself to be very tech savvy.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
I read about three books a week & one a day when I’m on holiday. It’s very hard to pick my favourite authors as I love so many & read across lots of different genres. I love classics such as Charles Dickens, the brilliant mind of authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro & Paulo Coelho, but have recently discovered some great new authors such as Jack Strange, Jim Ody, Shani Struthers, Phil Price & Sarah England.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I read 50/50 ebooks & paperbacks or hardbacks.
Ebooks are convenient when I’m travelling but there’s no substitute for the feel of a book in your hand. If I had a choice my collection would only hold hard copies but I think my husband would have something to say about that!
I have to add that I’ve just finished my very first audiobook & really enjoyed it too.
One final question , who is the one author you would love to write the biography of ?
If I were to write an author biography it would be about a Chinese writer called ‘Xinran.’ I spent a decade living in Shanghai & I don’t think that the rest of the world realise how some of the more unsavoury aspects of tradition & culture over there still affect people’s everyday lives. Xinran started a radio show many years ago & asked Chinese women to phone in anonymously with their problems, which really highlighted their plight due to the one child policy over there. After writing several books on rather ‘touchy’ subjects, the government made Xinran’s life quite difficult & she emigrated to England. I really admire that she stood up to the authorities & helped those less fortunate than herself.
Thank you AJ
Thank you Susie, always a pleasure