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Author Q&A | Our authors' advice to aspiring writers!

 

Kerrith Fraser – Author of Adventure of Zinzi and Zebu

Holding a printed copy in my hands for the first time was especially memorable – seeing my creation brought to life!

 

Ros Roberts – Nila’s Adventures in London

I don't really have any advice except to not give up. If you believe in your product keep trying.  However, if you can afford it self-publish first and spare yourself the heartache of constant rejections especially if you are an unknown writer and it is first book.

 

Aaron Moffat – Too Clever by a half

To have self-belief and confidence in your own ideas and work and be prepared for setbacks. Resilience and perseverance are vital.

 

Jean Daish – Operation Pied Piper / Operation Dynamo

My advice to anyone interested in writing, whether it be for adults or children, is to believe in yourself.    Join a course or a class and surround yourself with people of like minds. Writing is a skill to be learned but reading books, whether for children or adults, is essential. Wherever possible, write about things of which you have knowledge, but above all, enjoy.... good luck.

 

Dicksie Moss – The Finding of Kitty Baloo

Follow your dream – great oaks from little acorns grow. Share that dream with others.

 

John Mullen - Death Rate, The Snows of Sierra, Maranatha, The Ravensdale Conspiracy, (Soon to be published) The Wainwrights.

Never give up hope.

 

Aaron Byrne – The Path of Revenge

My advice would be take your time and don't try to meet deadlines. You cannot rush ideas in your head and if you do, mistakes will be made and you won't be happy with the end result. I thoroughly enjoyed writing the book and it shouldn't be seen as a chore or something you have to do. Take the time to relax and enjoy the whole experience, smelling the roses along the way. 

 

Dennis Talbot – A Small Price to pay, Sir? / Best Foot Forward, Ellingham / Look Lively, Ellingham

Writing should be enjoyable, if you can make yourself laugh or indeed cry you’re well on the way. Find a quiet place, distractions break the spell. I tend to get up at about five am; writing in the early morning before the noise of the day. Start with a situation that is realistic. Become your character, believe in him or her and write in the way that gut feeling says they would react. Don’t be afraid to start again but file away what you’ve written, don’t just bin it; it could be inspiration for something else years later. Carry a notebook and write down things you see and hear that might be useful. PEOPLE WATCH, there’s nowt as queer as folk!

 

James A. Parmelee - I Challenge! Pure Thought Essays on The Way Things Really Are (Or Might Be)

Be completely honest with both yourself and your readers, and dare to write from the heart at all times.

 

Daniel Walsch – Musings

If only I did have had a piece of advice to future authors that they could embrace and pass down to their grandchildren. Since I do not wish to leave this question blank, I will respond this way: Listen to your inner voice, believe in yourself, be sure and “save” your documents as you go along. In addition, as is the case in any form of communication, writing is not just about the author. Writers write to be read, so do not lose sight of those you are striving to reach. Consequently, to all future authors I say this: do not forget that writing is not just about you.

 

Kerry Barnes – Ruthless / Ruby’s Palace

Firstly never give up on your dreams, if you have something to write then don’t put it off. Being an author was just a dream for me, I never thought it would really happen, yet I never gave up and so twenty years later, I can now call myself an author.

 

Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore – Who am I?

Keep writing.

 

Ramdeo Ramsoondar - The Golf Swing Manual, (coming soon) A Golf Match amid Wedding Bells

Be an expert of your field of knowledge before you touch that pen.

 

Christa Edwards – The Zizi Stories

My advice to anyone, who has the slightest urge to write: Do it!! It is most rewarding, even if it just for yourself and you can read it und reread and still find things to add or delete, change or rewrite. Sometimes you will find yourself amazed at what you have created and it will give you great pleasure.

 

Beau Bridgland – Day-to-Day Happiness

If you have an idea for a story or a message that you want to share with people (or both) and are passionate about it, then really, really go for it. Don't let anything stop you and don't be afraid of taking risks or grabbing hold of opportunities. Believe in yourself.

 

 

Meadow Griffin – The Legends of Erin Series

Don't give up and keep writing! Writing, publishing, and marketing all take a lot of time and patience. You can't stop just because things get hard or aren't super easy. Being a writer takes a lot of work, but if you’re passionate about it, it's really worth it. 

 

Emily Scialom - The Religion of Self-Enlightenment

Don't allow your vision to be destroyed by prejudices about who you are, what writing is for or what life should be about. 

 

 

 

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10/03/17

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