Here is my first guest interview with a great author that I met online after I had read her book “Make a Joyful Noise”. You can read my review of the book by following this short link. My review of Jenny’s book is due to appear in the March Issue of “Fleet Life”.
Here are Jenny’s replies;
1) Tell me your name: Jenny Worstall.
2) Where do you live? London, more specifically Addiscombe in Surrey.
3)When did you start writing? As soon as I could hold a pencil.
4)What type of books do you like writing the most? I like writing about what I know, using the worlds I am familiar with – family, music and teaching. I like writing in a style that is sincere but has more than a touch of irony and humour too.
5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.
Use little bits of time as they crop up. If you wait for undisturbed time, you may wait forever, so carry your notebook around and use the time you spend waiting for the kids after school and queuing in the supermarket. I once wrote the first draft of a complete short story while waiting with my daughter in a hospital clinic for her to have a blood test.
Don’t be afraid to self publish, even if you are a bit of a technophobe like me. There will be someone out there who can help! In my case it is my long-suffering husband.
Thirdly, and I know this goes against most people’s advice, don’t show your book to too many people before you publish. You may want your punctuation checked, but don’t allow your authentic voice to be muffled. Keep your book’s individuality intact!
6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it? I have just read ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes and would give it 5 stars. It is heartbreakingly beautiful and I feel sure she must have shares in Kleenex tissues. Thoroughly recommended!
7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it. I choose ‘Lemon and Lace’, a collection of short stories that I have recently published for free download on smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/284244