LifeOfWriters had he pleasure of interviewing author Victoria Cornwall, from Cornwall. She is the author of The Thief's Daughter about the Eighteenth-century Cornwall. She likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Historical Novel Society.
Can you describe your writing process? And where do you write?
I would love to say that I have my own writing office, with research books lining the walls and a large bay window with an amazing view. Unfortunately, the truth is far less glamorous. At the moment I have taken over my son’s old bedroom. I write on my laptop, sitting on his bed, propped up by far more pillows than I really need. It is very comfortable, which helps the creative juices to flow.
As for my writing process, I am a flexible plotter. I start by writing a plan for the book so I know where I am going. It helps me to set the pace of the characters’ journeys, remain focused and ensure that every scene/chapter has a role for moving the main characters’ journeys forward in some way. I do change the plan as I go along, but only in minor ways. The bones of the story tends to remain the same.
Once the first draft is complete I edit the entire manuscript on the laptop. Next, I edit it on paper. It is amazing how many errors you can miss on the screen, yet are so obvious on paper. At the end of this editing stage I think it is the best it can be and send it to my beta reader. Many bestselling writers have their own beta readers. I have one, but I really trust her opinion. Following her feedback, I edit again. A beta reader is invaluable because,by this stage, a writer knows their work too well and cannot see the parts of the story that may be unclear or confusing. Finally, after months of editing and fine tuning, it is ready to be seen by a publisher.
What is a good writing day for you?
I work, so a good writing day for me is spending the whole afternoon writing without interruption. Some writers are full time writers, I am not. I hope I will be one day.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
My favorite thing is when someone contacts me to tell me that they have read The Thief’s Daughter and really enjoyed it. Of course I am thrilled that someone has liked it, all authors want to hear that, but I am also humbled that they have taken the time to tell me so. It is a very supportive gesture on their part. The icing on the cake is when they leave a positive review. It makes the day a little brighter and I feel great job satisfaction from a reader's positive feedback. So much work goes into writing and preparing a book for publication. The process can take years and the journey is a roller coaster of highs and lows. A reader’s positive feedback makes it all worth it and it is a wonderful feeling to experience.
What would be your top 5 writing tips?
1. Where you write is very important for your creativity to flow. I write better if I am comfortable, relaxed and uninterrupted. If you are finding writing difficult, consider changing the location/position of your writing space.
2. Always edit on paper at least once.
3. Use a beta reader. Find someone you trust, whose opinion you value and who enjoys the genre you write.
4. Seriously consider your beta reader’s feedback. Do not take a defensive stance or be hurt by their criticism. Go away, reflect on what they have said and then make a decision as to what feedback you accept or ignore and what changes you are willing to make. Always remain polite and grateful. If they are good you will want to use them again.
5. Not everyone will like your book, but that does not mean you are not a good writer. Everyone will get a bad review at some point. My advice is to look up your favorite book online and read their reviews. They will have bad reviews too and you will realize that you are in good company.
What is your next book about?
The Thief’s Daughter is the first of a Cornish based series. There are three more books waiting on the horizon, all of which will be published by Choc Lit. I would love to tell you more, but at the moment my lips are sealed. It is a case of watching this space!
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By : Admin | Author Interview
2017-02-19 [ 08:50:48]