I was recently interviewed for my book A Good Wife, and as I thought the questions were great, in that they had me thinking and sharing quite a lot, I thought you might like to take a look
Tell us about yourself
What I mostly say to people is that I’m a writer who tests software to pay the bills so I can write.
I’ve always loved writing but never had the confidence to show anybody my first attempts. I reached a milestone a few years back when I decided it was now or never, try and see. I’d by then written my first book Jedland, or at least the first draft and decided to enrol for a writing course with Get Smarter. I was extremely lucky to have well known South African Crime writer Mike Nicol as my mentor, and it is he who gave me great encouragement and guidance, along with confidence to pursue my dream. I followed this up with a further course with Get Smarter and then a Masterclass hosted by Mike Nicol.
All writers want to be a JK Rowling, and while I’m not there yet, I have every intention of being so! She says, holding thumbs, crossing fingers and sending prayers to the man above.
Why are you a sucker for writing?
It’s a great way to express yourself and such a wonderful opportunity to make things up! Can you imagine how satisfying it is to create characters who will say things you’d like to say yourself but wouldn’t dare to? Cough Cough, not that I have too much problem in that area.
What is your most challenging experience about being an author?
There are two challenges really. The first being writing requires a lot of time on your own, doing something that you are not sure is going to work until the end. I spend about a year working on each book, and that’s a lot of free time going solo, doubting, creating and biting ones nails. The second challenge is marketing. You can do everything available, including social media, blog, pester friends, colleagues and family, yet you only touch the periphery of potential readers, if that. Actually there are three challenges. The third is to find the finance to cover what happens after the writing. Proofing for instance costs thousands, as does the cover and advertising. That said, a wise man once told me that to make money you have to spend money, and while the writing is relatively easy – it isn’t by the way – , the business plan afterwards is a challenge and a half. You have to have the strength to invest in yourself, and in my case A Good Husband, who really, really believes in me.
About your book “A Good Wife”, the title drives the reader to be a participant, but it is quite concealed. In snapshots take us down to the protagonists life.
Gloria is the typical Constantia lady who wants for little and has made it her life’s ambition to care for her husband and create a wonderful home. In an instance this changes, and she finds herself in a rural fishing village, learning to live with little, while finding a new life with folk she would have previously not entertained. She has to work to survive, and it is here that she discovers who she really is. Of course this isn’t going to be smooth and . . . well you’ll have to read it to find out what happens to Gloria and a new found friend in Rufus the Ridgeback.
Is the book in any way reflective of your own life experiences or is it just fiction? What was the inspiration to write the book?
Oh my gosh no! If my husband did to me what Gloria’s did to her, he’d be minus several important male features. The story is completely fiction. The theme or inspiration, is around how we often think we know somebody, but actually really don’t.
One moment the protagonist loses her best friend, simultaneously she discovers tormenting information about her husband. By this, what are trying to convey about life?
This falls in with the inspiration of the book of the last question really, that you never really know the people you think you do, no matter how close they are. I think we’ve all heard people say “I never imagined for one minute so-and-so would do that, say that etc.” I also think life can deliver sudden changes that depending on strength of character will either break or force a person forward to survive. In the end life is not predictable, no matter how hard you plan.
Who should read the book and why?
Everybody! Primarily it’s classified as women’s fiction, but that doesn’t mean flouncy blouses, heaving chests and quivering thighs. Not that I’m against that of course – dare I say I’ve read my own share of Mills and Boons over the years! I’d like to think both men and women would read it, women because it might make them think about their role in their relationships, and I suppose men for the same reason.
Is the book sold at book stores? Which stores?
Here are the links.