Here at Olympia, we love hearing from our authors, getting an insight into their lives in writing and asking them what their advice would be to future authors. This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Barbara Payton about her book. 



Hold old were you when you first wrote something substantial?


  I was fifty-something when I first wrote something substantial. It was the forward to a community cookbook ISBN 0-9693421-4-4 in 1995

     Then in 2000 a poem in the book 'people and places' on page 209   ISBN 978-1-84436-643-4



Did you ever have aspirations to become a writer?


 I did not have aspirations to write at the start, I studied to become a nurse. I began to write much later in life.



What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?


The best advice I received was don't give up. And other words of wisdom from the book 'The writer's life' by Julia Cameron

     ' writing is in fact a natural and crucial part of life'



What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?


My advice to aspiring writers is to observe, carry a notebook and walk for inspiration.



What did you find easiest and hardest about writing?


 The easiest thing about writing was drawing from experience.  The most difficult thing was convincing myself that what I wrote

     would be of interest to others.



Was it faster to write your book or to have it published?


 It was faster to have my book published than it was to write it.



What was your favourite part of your book to write?


My favourite part of the book to write was the epilogue.



Do you have any plans to publish more work?


My next book  'Lighter than air' is already in the process of being published by Olympia.



If you could review Olympia Publishers in just a few words, what would they be?


My review of Olympia Publishers.... very professional.



Get yourself a copy of Barbra's book, here!