Author Interview – Paula Acton, author of My Child

Q1. What inspires your creativity?

Lots of things and I find that different aspects of my writing are inspired in different ways, for example I always find poetry easier to write sitting out in the wild with a notebook and a pen whereas stories are more likely to be inspired by places I visit or books I read.  It is not always writing that is inspired though as most of those who know me can testify to I can often be found wandering about with my camera.

Q2. What conditions do you like to write in? Standing on your head, sitting on the bus, eaves dropping at a party…

I prefer to write at my desk after all it is the one place I can guarantee I have everything I need to hand but the reality is I end up writing anywhere and everywhere.  I always carry at least one notebook and have been known to whip it out in various locations to jot something down or sketch something for later use.  The strangest place is at work, I work on a checkout in a supermarket and when it is quiet have been known to scribble a few lines of verse or a plot outline on the back of a piece of till roll.

Q3. Are there any writers that you most strive to be like and why?

Ohhhh that is a tough one, there are a few who I would love to be half as talented as but if I had to pick two I would say Jane Austen for her wit and ability to satirise without it being offensive, and the other would be Anne Rice. I think her ability to create such deeply complex characters is incredible, matched only by the rich historical locations she creates making you able to believe you are there walking through the streets of  New Orleans French Quarter or the Paris of the 1800s.

Q4. What is your favourite book and why? 

Another difficult question as I tend to have several favourites dependent on my mood.  Pride and Prejudice has to be up there as an any time favourite, and if I have plenty of spare time, though that is rare I like to reread Lord of the Rings, I always find more in it with each reading and cannot admire the world building enough.
 
Q5. Do you have any tips about the writing process?

Write every day, even if it is only a few lines scribbled in a journal at the end of each day.  Be realistic, we all have so many things we have to do on a daily basis that you have to accept that you will not always be able to do it all, and do not judge yourself against others I have great friends who can knock out a novel in a week, that works for them for me it is a much longer process but you have to ultimately be happy with your work and if that means it takes months longer than someone else’s so be it.
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