Hello lovelies, in our previous post we discussed Angela Gascoigne’s book ‘Seasons of Our Love’ and mentioned that we had sat down with Angela for a few short questions.
She’s just as charming as her book and has some useful tips for dipping your toe into the world of writing…
1.What inspires you to write?
Writing is a great way to express my thoughts and feelings. It’s also a means of escapism – while I’m writing I can forget about real life for a while and immerse myself in my characters and what’s going on in their lives. I love to see the story grow and develop until the many rounds of writing, typing, editing and proof reading are finished and my book is finally out there for the world to see. And when someone tells me they read my book and loved it – that makes me so happy and inspires me to get cracking on the next one!
2. Do you draw from real life experiences?
People, places and events in my life all play a part in giving me ideas for my characters and storylines, together with a big chunk of my imagination.
3 How did you start writing?
When I relocated to Ireland twelve years ago I started keeping a journal of the new chapter of my life. I enjoyed it so much I experimented with some short stories and was very happy with the results. I was hooked! I saved for ages until I could afford to enrol on a writing course. I enjoyed the challenge and saw my writing improve all the time. With so much positive feedback from my tutor my confidence kept growing until it decided to take the plunge and have my first book published in 2013. I now have nine self-published books.
4 Is it a long process from your initial idea to the finished piece?
Writing a book is hard work. I find as I’m writing one book I’m busy thinking up ideas for the next one. I usually can’t immerse myself fully until I have the last book out of the way. It takes time to build a skeleton of a story from a spark of an idea, developing my brand new characters and planning the plot. If only it was a case of scribbling that first draft in a notebook then – voila! But no, there are endless rounds of rewriting, editing and proofreading then there’s the designing of book covers and all the formatting for both e book and paperback. And that’s not to mention writing the synopsis and promoting the book… Phew! I can’t really put a time scale on writing a book because it varies as to what is going on in my life at the time. While working on The Seasons of Our Love and Branded I was at college full time so had to try to fit some writing work in between studying and homework.
5 Do you have any advice for budding authors?
Try not to let self-doubt get in between you and your goal. Don’t be shy. Get your work out there. Not everyone is going to like what you write and you’ll probably get some negative comments in the process, but don’t let that put you off because you’ll also get some great ones! Read, write and enjoy what you do. Ask friends and family to read your work and give you feedback. And always remember, if you don’t try, you’ll never know what you could be capable of.
We would like to thank Angela for being so obliging and wish her all the best in her future works. We are looking forward to devouring the next book in the series, ‘Branded”, grab your copy from Amazon today!