“Being a father completely changed my writing career”

Ron Rance

Jon Rance

I’m delighted to welcome fellow Hodder author Jon Rance to my blog, with an exclusive interview to celebrate the launch of his latest novel ‘This Family Life‘.

1) Welcome to my blog Jon! Please tell us more about yourself and your journey to being a writer.

Hello, I’m Jon Rance, author of three novels, ‘This Thirtysomething Life’ and its sequel ‘This Family Life’, and ‘Happy Endings’. I’ve been writing for about ten years, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I got my break and signed a two book deal with Hodder and Stoughton. I’m a bit of a nomad and although I grew up in England, after travelling the world I met my American wife in Australian and I’ve been in California for the last ten years – although we’re coming back to England next year!

2) Your new book ‘This Family Life’ has been influenced hugely by you becoming a father yourself. Can you explain a bit more about how becoming a dad has affected your writing?

Being a father completely changed my writing career. Before I became a dad I worked for a marketing company full-time and wrote in my very little spare time. I wrote three (still unpublished – thankfully) novels during that time, but after we had our first baby I decided to be a stay at home dad.

Two things happened after I started being a full-time dad. One: I had a lot more time to write and think about writing. Two: I got a whole new subject matter to write about. I’ve always believed in writing about what you know and going through a pregnancy with my wife and then raising a child is one of life’s most incredible experiences and as it turns out, packed full of humour and plenty of raw emotion.

This Family Life by Jon Rance

This Family Life by Jon Rance

Now I have two children and in my latest book ‘This Family Life’ I tackle the first year of parenthood, which as any parent will tell you can be terrifying, tiring, but also so rewarding, and again, full of humour and pathos. I love being a dad and writing about family is something I won’t always do, but being in it and seeing it first hand, at least I have plenty of material.

3) This Family Life explores people’s transitions into their early thirties. This is really interesting. Why did you choose this stage of life to focus on, and why did it inspire you particularly?

Both ‘This Thirtysomething Life’ and ‘This Family Life’ are semi-autobiographical. Both books are written in the diary format from the point of view of Harry Spencer, an early thirties teacher, husband, and eventually father.

Going through the early thirties myself and becoming a parent, being a husband, I started thinking about this time and for me at least, it was a sometimes difficult period. I think in our twenties we’re still trying to find the right job, the right partner, our place in the world, but I know that once I hit thirty I felt this panic that I hadn’t done all those things yet, and then I had a sort of mini and very early midlife crisis. I wanted to focus on this period and show a man struggling to adapt to life, to becoming a father, working on his marriage, and sort of falling apart – but in a very humorous way.

4) What are your writing dreams and ambitions?

Probably like most writers I dream about having a ‘One Day’, ‘Bridget Jones’ sort of success. The book that sells millions of copies around the world. The hardest part about being an up-and-coming-writer, still trying to build a fan base, make a living, is that there’s constant pressure to do well, to make money so I can keep doing it. For me having success is making enough money so that I can help support my family and write. My ambitions are to keep writing, keep getting better, and to hopefully write books that people can relate to and laugh at.

5) You have been reviewed as an excellent rom-com writer. What are your thoughts and feelings on the ‘chick lit’ genre?

I definitely wouldn’t categorise my work as chick lit. I don’t have a problem with the genre and there’s some great chick lit writers out there. The thing is, I don’t really think of genre when I’m writing. It isn’t like I try and write a certain way or fit into a particular pigeon hole. Genres are just tags given to writers to help publishers and readers, but in reality there’s a lot more to most ‘chick lit writers’ that I read than standard, formulaic boy meets girl. I don’t mind being shoved on the chick lit bandwagon, but only because there isn’t really a specific genre for what I do, and there’s so many great books on the same bandwagon.

6) What are your three favourite books?

Oh gosh, this is a tough one. My favourite book will always be ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, because I read it when I was about fifteen and it really inspired me to be a writer. More recently I would have to go with ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls because again it inspired me. ‘One Day’ is such a wonderful book that really captures a time and a love story that draws you in and then there’s the ending that blows you away. These are my two definite top three books, but after that there are lots of books I could add to the list. It’s a toss-up between ‘High Fidelity’ by Nick Hornby and ‘Man and Boy’ by Tony Parsons. ‘Man and Boy’ is one of those books you read and you know it’s written from experience. It’s emotional, funny, and honest – the three things I always try and capture in my own work. ‘High Fidelity’ is the book that really carved open a genre for men and is such a funny, true to life book about relationships and love.

Thanks for the interview Jon!

www.jonrance.com

Jon Rance on twitter

 

 

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Something to tell you… (Eeek!)

Clock Tower Desert Island Book ChoiceSo, I’ve got something exciting to tell you… ***drumroll please***

On the evening of Wednesday June 11, I will be taking part in the Clock Tower Desert Island Book Choice – part of the Crouch End Festival 2014.

As a former Crouch End gal, this gorgeous part of north London is still so close to my heart. I used to spend lots of time writing in The Haberdashery, where I was lucky enough to be able to hold my second book launch, and also, of course, Crouch End Library.

I’m delighted to be returning to the library for this special event. I am honoured to be joining authors Tom Campbell, Louise Millar, Matthew Baylis, and Callum Jacobs as we will discuss why we heart CE, what we’d pick as our desert island novel choices, and read extracts from our books!

I hope you can come along, it would be lovely to meet you. We will be signing copies of our books too!

Thanks!

#clocktowerdesertisland

 

 

My new ‘favourite book’. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor…

 

Angel by Elizabeth Taylor

Angel by Elizabeth Taylor

I always find the question ‘what is your favourite book?’ a difficult one.

A few titles spring to mind, and I soon find myself in a tangle. Lionel Shriver’s ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ is a stand-out because the story was so ‘disturbing’ I had to stop reading for a little while. Anything that makes me feel that much always prompts my admiration. David Nicholls’ beautiful ‘One Day’ pretty much inspired me to write my first novel ‘This is a Love Story’‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal’, by Jeanette Winterson had me in tears of awe on several occasions. I could list many more.

In short, I have read a number of stunning novels that all compete with each other in the ‘favourite book’ stakes, and when asked in the past, I’d rather not wanted to commit to one. Until now.

This morning I was snug as a bug in a rug, curled up in bed with several cups of coffee, finishing ‘Angel’ by Elizabeth Taylor. I discovered this novel because I’m collecting the gorgeous VMC Designer Collection, and Angel is a part of it. Its cover design (pictured) has been beautifully crafted by Celia Birtwell, (responsible for a popular range in Topshop a few years ago).

The novel was first published in the UK back in 1957, and this celebratory VMC copy has an introduction by Hilary Mantel. When I was reading Mantel’s words, I already knew that this book could be quite special… Mantel says “… what Elizabeth Taylor does is to de-romanticise the process of writing and show it to us close up, so we are aware that if ten per cent of the process is exhilaration, the rest is tedium, backache, and the fear of failure.” She discusses the vanity required to keep this going, adding that writers are ‘monstrous’. My interest was well and truly sparked!

Angel’ follows novelist Angel Deverell from her petulant teenage years living in poverty, up until the last moments of her life, surrounded by the decaying trappings of her own success. Angel is a fascinating character. She is so stunningly written by Taylor that she feels real despite the passage of time that has slipped away since this story was penned. It’s rare that novels can conjure up this much imagery. It was as if there was a feature film flickering across my eyes as I read every word. I devoured paragraph after paragraph of delicious prose, descriptions so rich I found myself blown away by Taylor’s talent.

I must include a minor ***spoiler alert*** before I discuss this book in any more detail… Although there is so much more to this novel than my review reveals (for those who would like to read on), anyone who likes to go in ‘blind’ may want to stop here and come back later.

I will go on now, (if you are still with me…) Angel, in a nutshell, is pretty obnoxious. She can be strikingly cruel, and almost impervious to her vile behaviour towards the people around her who fawn over her every whim. Yet despite all this, she is somehow loveable (a nod to the author’s expert characterisation). Angel is courageous, and bold. She speaks up for herself in a world where everyone tries to control and undermine her. She believes in herself like nothing else. That is a rare quality to admire, however clumsy her ways of showing it. The result is a lead character who made me cringe with her bolshy ways, and who I also became more and more fond of, as the book progressed.

The reader is transported with Angel as she launches to fame as a young author. She is published in her teens by a company in London, who are baffled when she turns up in their office, a strange looking young girl with a chip on her shoulder. She refuses to make the changes to her novel demanded by the publisher, and yet they still print it. This says a lot about her relationship with the world.

Angel then enjoys unprecedented success, writing novel after novel, although her works (while popular) are mocked by critics, for whom she develops a venomous hatred towards (this made me giggle at times).

I don’t want to give too much away so I should stop now…

Essentially there are several reasons why I think this book may now be the best I have ever read. The first being that Taylor’s writing is so skilled – I agree with the sentiment of this article. Elizabeth Taylor is immensely underrated, described as “one of the best English novelists born of this century” and yet so few know of her now.

The next reason is how much the themes of the book meant to me. Being an writer, I read with fascination about Angel’s bizarre vanity and self adoration, but yet I still felt her struggles. I’m sure that legions of writers would be able to relate to the pressure she put on herself to write something bigger and better, and truly know how nerve-wracking this is. I was interested in her constant struggle to fulfil the demands of her own vanity and yet not alienate ‘her public’ as her publisher so elegantly put it. And then there were those terrifying moments of self-doubt, which still got to her despite her steely exterior… I related to all of it in some way, for writers very well might be ‘monsters’ as Mantel says, constantly in a battle between their own ambitions and dreams, and the inevitable criticism that comes with their territory, whether internal or external.

Angel is really a one-off. So representative, (however much an exaggeration), of the painful and yet wonderful reality of being a writer.. I am so glad I read this novel, and I hope you will too. It’s sharp, funny, and also heartbreakingly sad and it might just be my new favourite book…

 

 

A Boxing Day treat! My final interview with a book blogger…

Happy Christmas all! Are you having a relaxing Boxing Day or are you hitting the shops?

Whatever you are doing this afternoon, I hope you enjoy the final interview in my series with independent book bloggers. Today I’m talking to a lovely blogger from Northern Ireland… Do you know who she might be?

1) Hi Bronagh! Welcome:)  Please tell me more about yourself. What are your three favourite things?

Hello, my name is Bronagh, I live in Northern Ireland and I enjoy books, tea and new adventures.

2) Where can we find your blog and how long have you been reviewing? 

My book news, interviews and reviews site Handwritten Girl started during the hot summer of 2011 and has been growing ever since. Not only does the website include book reviews, it also features author interviews providing tips and advice for aspiring writers, which I hope readers of the website find useful and encouraging.

3) Nice one! Why did you start blogging?

I started reviewing for a number of reasons. As a reader I was constantly telling people about a great new book that I read or people were asking me for a recommendations so the website became a shortcut for this and appealed to a wider community.

4) What’s the best and worst thing about being a book reviewer?

The best thing is of course getting to read so many wonderful books and the worst is not always having the time to read them!

5) What’s your favourite book of all time and why?

I have never really had a favourite character of all time, but having just finished and loved Mhairi McFarlane’s new book ‘Here’s Looking At You’ I must admit I did love the female lead in the story. Her name was Anna and had quite a dark and witty sense of humour and a kind aura about her, she was the type of girl that you would like to have as a friend.

6) How do you feel about books being made into films. Do you think this is a good thing?

I used to be quite cynical about books being adapted for film as it’s hard to compress a whole book into a two hours or less. But, I’ve now come to the conclusion that for people who aren’t readers, if they see the film and enjoy it, then maybe they will seek out the book and experience the story in its original form. After all every film starts with a script, which isn’t to far removed from the format of the typical book.

7) How do you handle it when you have read a book you don’t like? Will you still review it? 

If I read a book and I don’t enjoy it and just like books I that I do enjoy, I still review it. As a writer myself, I appreciate the time and effort that an author has gone to write a book— just because the book isn’t for me, doesn’t mean that others won’t enjoy it, so it is worth pointing out the elements which do work, as well as do not, in those stories.

8) Do you read books quickly, or slowly?

The speed which I read is based purely on how much I like the story. If I think the story is brilliant and I can’t wait to see how it will end, I could easily devour it in a day. Well, as long as I don’t have any other distractions. Usually I read a book in two days.

9) Do you prefer a genre? If so, why?

I enjoy comedy, romance and you cant beat thrillers. Give me anything with a good narrative, regardless of the genre though, I will give it a go!

Thanks Bronagh!

You can connect with Bronagh on Twitter – @handwritten

 

Celebrating book bloggers part four… Leah and Rea!

It’s been so busy in the lead up to Christmas I’ve been running a little behind on posting interviews. So today I’ve got not one, but TWO fabulous book bloggers in the spotlight…

I am talking to Leah (left) who writes for Chick Lit Reviews and News, and Rea (right) who blogs at Rea Book Review.

They have both been so supportive of me from the start of my writing career.

Between them they have reviewed around ONE THOUSAND books, so they really know their stuff!

You can find out more about them below…

Leah

1) Hi Leah! Thanks for taking part. Please tell me more about yourself. What are your three favourite things?

Hello! My name is Leah, I am 23, I live in sunny Tenerife. I work at Iceland, the supermarket. My three favourite things are dogs, books, and American TV shows.

2) Where can we find your blog and how long have you been reviewing? 

I blog at http://chicklitreviewsandnews.com and I’ve been blogging since 2009 – I’ll be celebrating five years blogging in March 2014 and I cannot believe I’ve been blogging in that time! Also during 2014, I will go past the 1,000 books read mark and I’ve reviewed more than 500 novels. Stats like that scare me, mind. I’ve only been reading since 2007/2008.

3) Wow! Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because at the time there weren’t any chick lit blogs around, except for Chick Lit Club and Trashionista. I loved chick lit and wanted to get the word out. Now, there are chick lit bloggers everywhere you look and more are appearing on a daily basis.

4) What’s the best and worst thing about being a book reviewer?

The best thing about book reviewing is probably knowing that publishers trust in you, and send you their precious proof copies to review, that’s an amazing thing to know. The worst is probably the fact that there are now so many chick lit book bloggers that we all end up posting the same stuff at the same time. There’s no originality any more. Also, when you come up with an idea that’s unique to you, to your site… and someone takes it, and tries to pass it off as their own, because they cannot be bothered to come up with something of their own.

5) What’s your favourite book of all time and why?

Ooh, this is a tough question. I’ve read so many books, and love so many authors, but there’s always one book I say whenever asked this question and it is Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. It was her debut novel, and no novel she’s written since then has compared. I adore it. I’ve read it so many times, and it’s a book I think every chick lit fan should read.

6) What is it about books that you love so much?

I love that books let you get lost in a fictional world. I have the most boring real life ever, spent either at work or at home reading books, and I love that authors can take me to far-flung destinations, or just make me yearn for England, and home. You never know what’s going to happen in a book, the only thing you know for sure (and that is REALLY what I love about books) is that there will be a happy ever after. That’s what I adore. Happy ever afters in real life are rare, and there’s just something so happy about the certainty that a happy ever after in a book is a real, proper, these-people-won’t-divorce happy ever after.

7) Who is your favourite fictional character of all time, and why?

My favourite fictional character of all time has got to be Becky Bloomwood. I love her dearly. Everyone who meets Becky falls in love with her, because Sophie Kinsella has just made her so relatable and so easy to love. I always get super excited when there’s an announcement of a new Shopaholic book, because being with Becky never gets old.

8) How do you feel about books being made into films. Do you think this is a good thing?

It honestly doesn’t bother me. I think some books translate better than others, but for the most part I’ve had a happy experience with books being made into films. The only one that’s disappointed me is Confessions of a Shopaholic. But, there are others that do work. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Something Borrowed, all awesome. The Hunger Games movies are EXACTLY as I imagined they would look, and that is just the most bizarrely weird feeling because I walked out of the first movie and I said to my cousin ‘That is exactly how I saw it’, it was like the movie makers had gone into my head and took all my ideas and just made it PERFECT. If I was an author and someone wanted to make my book into a movie, I’d be chuffed. That’s the dream, isn’t it?!

9) Do you prefer print books or ebooks and why?

I like both. I will always be loyal to the paperback, because I love the feel, the smell, the fact I can put them on my shelves with their pretty covers, but ebooks are the future. My Kindle allows me to read at night without a light because my Kindle is backlit. It means I don’t have to carry a massive 600 page novel in my bag, I just need my Kindle. Ditto if I go on holiday. I love my Kindle, and wouldn’t be without it, but I will always prefer paperbacks. Many times after loving an ebook I will buy the paperback for my to-keep bookshelves.

10) Do you read books quickly, or slowly, and why?

I’m a super quick reader. I worry a lot that most of the books I read go in one ear and out the other, I read that quick, but I have to use my days off wisely. I get three days off a week and I’m disappointed in myself if I don’t finish at least three physical books and one ebook. I just have to read, read, read, read, read, because I have to try and keep on top of my TBR shelves. (Not that I am on top, I’ve still got over 300 to read and I still buy more…)

That’s a lot of books to get through… Good luck Leah!

You can connect with Leah on Twitter – @ChickLitReviews

Rea

1) Hi Rea. Welcome to my blog! Can you tell me more about yourself? What are your three favourite things?

I’m Rea Sinfield. I’m 28 years young! I live in Orpington in Kent and my three favourite things are books, chocolate and handbags.

2) Where can we find your blog and how long have you been reviewing? 

I started my book blog in May 2011 in that time I have reviewed 403 books.

3) Amazing! Why did you start blogging? 

I started blogging because I went shopping for books one day and came back with six  nice new books! The problem was because I had been ill and read a hell of a lot of books I lost track of what I had read and when I began reading these books I thought I was very clever because I knew what was going to happen next ! It turns out I wasn’t very clever at all I had already read four out of the six books! So I decided to start a blog to keep track of what I had read and also to keep track of particular authors I liked. I never dreamed that my little blog would end up being of interest to other people!

4) What’s your favourite book of all time and why?

This has got to be JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You, I very rarely re-read a book as my attitude is too many books too little time but I have read Me Before You three times now. It has everything that you could hope for in a book, it’s unpredictable, fun, romantic, and emotional and it is one of the few books that has made me cry real tears not just brought a lump to my throat.

5) What is it about books that you love so much?

It is the one and only thing that makes me switch off from day-to-day life and actually relax. To be able to stick my nose in a book and stop stressing and worrying about normal life and get lost is someone else’s world is just heaven!

6) Do you prefer print books or ebooks and why?

100% paperbacks. I do own a kindle and I read books on them, but it is that age old thing that there is nothing like the feel and the smell of a paperback and also I love to share books I love.

7) If you don’t like a book, do you have to finish it? If so, why?

No, there are so many books out there waiting to be enjoyed so if I get to around 50 -100 pages and I really am not enjoying it I stop.

8) Do you read books quickly, or slowly, and why?

I read books really quickly so I am told, I think this is because I get so engrossed in the story line I seem to fly through the pages eager to find out what happens next.

9) Do you prefer a genre? If so, why?

Chick lit. I love this genre because it is easy, feel good reading that is pure escapism.

Thank you so much Rea!

You can connect with Rea on Twitter – @bookreviewbyrea

Celebrating book bloggers part three: Kevin Loh

1) Hi Kevin! Welcome to my blog. Can you tell me more about yourself? What are your three favourite things?

Salutations! I am Kevin, 19, from Malaysia! A country where I am at a crossroads. I can freely choose between UK and US editions of books. Hurrah! My top three favourite things? Gosh, this is hard. I’ll go with chocolate, books and hoodies!

2) Nice! Where can we find your blog and how long have you been reviewing? 

I started I Heart.. Chick Lit in May 2012. So I guess I’ve been blogging for a year and a half? As of October 2013, I’ve reached my 100,000th pageview (not to gloat, but I am immensely proud and absolutely chuffed!).

3) So you should be, well done! Why did you start blogging?

Hmm. Blogging. I started blogging because I read, quite a lot. OK, I read a lot. I love reading. I figured if I could pen down my thoughts on a blog, I’d share book recommendations with the ‘blogosphere’. And blogging has been an amazing experience. I get to befriend authors, publishers, fellow bloggers and readers who are just like me! All in all, I wish I could read and review books for the rest of my life. Guess I should start investing in gold?

4) What’s the best and worst thing about being a book reviewer?

Well, the best thing about being a reviewer? *looks up at ceiling and thinks* I guess it’s the camaraderie you built with “bookish nerds” – that’s a good thing! And of course, the perks of the job: being sent books for review. It’s such a privilege to be sent books for review because the publishers trust you with honest reviews. I think I love what I do because I am able to be the bridge between authors and readers. I feel that by reviewing books, I can let people know about books that are worth reading.

Everything has a dark side, yes I know. The worst thing about blogging is.. reviewing a book you didn’t really enjoy. Hand on heart, I hate being rude to an author, but I find it the hardest to write a review on books I didn’t particularly enjoy. Other than that, I really encourage readers to give blogging a go. You might love it!

5) What’s your favourite book of all time and why?

Oh my, this is harder than deciding whether I want M&M’s or Snickers for a snack. If I have to pick ONE (I have more than 20!), then it would be The Secret Dreamworld of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, my first chick lit book which sparked my passionate love affair with chick lit. I loved the book – I even bought two copies, both UK and US editions. I adored the plot and Sophie Kinsella’s writing style is as comforting and addictive as hot chocolate on a cold night (bad analogy, sorry..).

6) What do your family and friends think about your passion for books? Are they supportive?

Well, when I started blogging, none of my family and friends knew about it. Then when I started getting more and more books in the post they were amazed, and very supportive. I guess my parents are secretly pleased that I am not wandering around at 1AM with my friends in town, instead I’ll be reading in bed. Meep.

7) What is it about books that you love so much?

Books will always have a special place in my heart. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than reading. Oh, and lusting over gorgeous covers. When I read, I’m transported to a different places. A place where all my worries are forgotten and I am free to live vicariously through the characters. Books grant me the ability to dream and aspire and even inspire.

8) How do you feel about books being made into films. Do you think this is a good thing?

I don’t have any strong feelings against books made into films. I wouldn’t mind watching the film adaptation of books I’ve enjoyed. If you hate the film adaptation, stick to the book.

9) Do you prefer to read print books or ebooks and why?

Hands down, print books. I believe you can never get the same experience from reading an actual book when you read from an e-reader. I’m sorry to e-reader owners, but I’m sticking to print books. Here’s the reason why: you can NEVER take a delicious whiff of the book in between chapters. I do that ALL the time and I don’t plan to stop. And, it’s bad for your eyes to face the screen for too long, right? Print books, healthy and more real. Keep it real, lovelies!

10) Do you prefer a particular genre? If so, why?

Definitely chick lit. Hands down. The BEST genre there is. Chick lit is such a wide, versatile genre and the themes are often varied. You have the funny girl-about-town books, the weepy romantic comedies, and the darker side of chick lit, which is often more emotional. Let’s face it, there isn’t one genre which is as diverse as chick lit.

Celebrating book bloggers part two: Emma Louise

Emma Louise

1) Hi Emma Louise! Welcome to my blog. Can you tell me more about yourself? What are your three favourite things?

I’m Emma Louise, I’m currently 22 years old and I live in the north west of the UK. My three favourite things are Harry Potter, owls and tea.

2) Good choices! Where can we find your blog and how long have you been reviewing? 

I’ve just launched my own author website – www.emmalouauthor.wordpress.com – but I did have my own blog which sadly had to close down. I’ve been a book blogger since April 2013 and I aim to carry on.

3) Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because it seemed like a fun thing to do whilst University was coming to an end. I soon realised that it is a lot of hard work.

4) What’s the best and worst thing about being a book reviewer?

The best thing is having a relationship with the author. The worst thing is that there are bullies who lurk around and they target individual book bloggers which is not nice at all.

5) What’s your favourite book of all time and why?

Harry Potter is my all time favourite book. Not just one of them, all seven.

6) What’s the biggest challenge as a book reviewer?

It’s hard to write a positive review when the book lacked a hook, I hate it when that happens because you’ve either been sent a copy directly from the publisher or the author has sent you a signed copy.

7) What is it about books that you love so much?

The fact that you can disappear for a couple of hours.

8) Who is your favourite fictional character of all time, and why?

Easy peasy, it’s Harry Potter. I sound like a broken record, don’t I? He’s the perfect book boyfriend, apart from the fact that he snogged Cho Chang and Ginny Weasley…

9) How do you feel about books being made into films. Do you think this is a good thing?

I LOVE text-to-screen adaptations. I did a module on this in my film degree and absolutely loved it.

10) How do you think the book industry has changed recently and where do you see it going in five years time?

Kindles are taking over and it’s easier for people to read on a screen (apparently). But I personally prefer paperbacks. Who knows? Books could be wiped out by King Kong. I honestly have no idea

11) Do you read books quickly, or slowly?

I’m a quick reader because I allow myself to get lost in the words of the author. My surroundings completely disappear. I’ve missed my train stop several times because of it…

12) Do you prefer a genre? If so, why?

Contemporary romance or chick-lit. I prefer it because I’m a romantic at heart and it’s also the genre I write in.

Thanks Emma Louise!

You can connect with Emma Louise on Twitter – @EmmaLouAuthor