Today I am in conversation with Claire Allan, author of Her Name was Rose. So without further ado, let's ask Claire some questions....
Any advice to anyone dreaming of becoming an author?
JUST DO IT! The best advice I can give is just to write. Sit down and open a file on your computer, or take out a notebook and write something.
If it feels like a big task, set yourself a goal. 200 words maybe. Don’t overthink it. No author gets it right the first time, even the most experienced authors go through countless drafts before they have the book you eventually read. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be written!
Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
From everything! I’m a people watcher (I think most writers are), so I love to watch people interact and imagine what their story can be. I can also hear a phrase or a song, or sit in the sun on a lovely day and have a scene come into my head that becomes something much more. There are stories happening around us all the time, in everyone’s life. My 18 years in journalism taught that me that so many people have these incredible life experiences that they don’t tend to talk about, and that the most extraordinary stories come from “ordinary” people.
What are you working on next?
I’ve just submitted the first draft of my second thriller ‘Apple of My Eye’ to my publishers. It’s a story about a mother’s obsession with her daughter and the steps she will go to to protect her child. I had great fun writing it and letting my imagination run wild!
If, heaven forbid, there was a fire, what possession would you grab first to save?
Assuming my family and pets were safe and well, it would have to be my laptop. Mostly because I’m not half as good at backing up my work as I should be and the thought of losing work is horrendous! Also I form a certain bond with my laptops. I’ve gone through four in my writing career so far and my current is my favourite. It’s the nicest to work on and I’ve it customised just how I want, complete with a sticker my daughter chose for the cover.
What five people, living or dead, would you choose to invite to a dinner party?
I probably should pick writerly sorts? Shouldn’t I? But in truth, I’d love to sit around a table with Oprah Winfrey (and sure, if she wanted to choose me for her book club that would be lovely!) and Michelle Obama for the inspiration and political chat. Marian Keyes for the literary chat and a good laugh. Michael Buble as he is my one true love and Jane Austen, to see what her take on the modern dating world would be.
Thank you Claire for taking part with in conversation with. You can follow Claire on Twitter @Claireallan or visit www.claireallan.com to see what she is up to! My review of Her Name was Rose will be up shortly but if you can't wait, you can grab a copy now (and the kindle edition is only 99p)!
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