This year, I’m lucky enough to be a part of the Like a Virgin Pitch Contest. As part of the experience, from the 18th to the 20th of April the competition is hosting a “Getting to know you” blog hop.
1.How do you remember your first kiss?
I remember being really underwhelmed like, oh, is this it? It wasn’t very exciting at all, but it did have all those ‘first’ kiss issues – clashing teeth and way too much wetness. Ah, the memories.
2.What was your first favourite love song?
*wracks memories* I don’t think I ever had one. Even now, I can’t think of a love song I like enough to call my ‘favourite’. One of the first bands I ever loved was Hanson… does that count? I do love Kiss by the Rose by Seal. That’s a great song. And Unchained Melody, that’s good too.
3.What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
I generally clean. Which I know sounds weird but I can’t sit down and relax if my house is a mess. So I’ll do a quick run around, make sure everything is in its place and then I’ll settle in to write.
4.Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
The first books that I really fell in love with was the Harry Potter series. They’re still my favourite books in the whole wide world. But I don’t necessarily thing that JK Rowling inspired me. I guess the person who really inspired me to commit to my dream to become a writer was my best friend Lyn. She started querying and writing seriously way before I did and I was inspired by her success. I always thought publishing was an elusive dream that would never happen, but Lyn’s a reminder that good things can happen if you word hard and commit to your ambitions.
5.Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?
My first book is still in revisions 🙂 I’ve made revisions by myself, with beta-readers, even with a potential agent. In the end, the chapter’s beginning was different but everything else was pretty much the same.
6.For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?
Characters. I always introduce characters first. I think you need to know who you’re reading about before you realise why you’re reading about them. I write character driven stories.
7.What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?
Light. I want to write the sort of books that people sit down and can read in one sitting. Books that are fun and make you feel good in the end. Books that maybe even teach you something. But I want them to be light and simple, character driven, and engaging.
This was fun, looking forward to reading other #LV14 blog hop responses.