I’ve been nominated by Francesca over at A Smith’s World to take part in the Blog Tour Award. I was also nominated by Yinglan at A Simple Life a few weeks ago but unfortunately didn’t spot it until too late to participate. A big ‘thank you’ to both of you for thinking of me.
What are you working on at the moment?
If you include the flash fic’s that have grown into potential novels, the poetry collection and the short story anthology that I’m trying to put together, I’m working on so many different things its difficult to keep track of them all! There are two main things I’m supposed to be focussing on, however: my Enchanted Forest children’s stories and Wildwood. I’ve talked about and shared my children’s stories on here a few times now so today I’m going to talk about Wildwood. This is a series of books that I’ve been working on for a very long time, though it’s changed hugely over the years, and is such a mammoth project that I often wonder whether ‘I’ve bitten off more than I can chew’. It spans thousands of years, from neolithic times (approx. 4000BC) through to the modern day Britain and involves time travel and a lot of weirdness.
How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Hopefully through the two central characters. Wildwood is a mix of fantasy and historical but the characters are a little different to most you find in these genres. One experiences time slower than other people; the other experiences it faster. The first is generally seen as being a genius as he has more time to process things, the other is thought of as slow and simple. The way they see and interact with the world gives interesting viewpoints. Hopefully. I’m also hoping that the folklore elements add a different twist…
Why do you write or create what you do?
I love writing and creating stories. I couldn’t not do it. The ideas come into my head and I just have to explore them and see where they’ll lead.
How does your writing/creative process work?
I always write first in a notepad, usually when I’m alone. The words flow better when I’m in solitude. I then type up and edit whatever I’ve written. I don’t usually write chronologically – especially not Wildwood. With the story spanning such a huge amount of time and with time travel involved, I want it all to fit together. I’ll often follow a thematic thread and write a number of linked scenes from across the series. Even within a chapter I’ll write scenes from all over the place and then put them together like a jigsaw. Once I have them in the right order I’ll write through them, linking them together and editing as I go.
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