I've recently had the pleasure of interviewing mystery, adventure and romance author, Faith Mortimer. You can read the first part of our interview here.
Now on to Part II:
Q: Lots of readers keep track of when their favorite authors' next book will appear. Do you keep a strict publishing schedule? If so, when do your books tend to be released?
The last two years I’ve endeavoured to write four books a year. Because I write in three genres I alternate mystery thriller with my lighter romantic drama. So for instance this year, I wrote the 6th in the Diana Rivers series, A Deadly Learning, then A Very English Affair, the second in my ‘Dark Minds’ Mystery thrillers, Behind a Twisted Smile is with my editor and will be published in October and I’m in the middle of a romantic drama – in time for Christmas – fingers crossed!
Q: You write in the genres of romance, adventure and mystery--did you always want to write these types of books or did you ever consider (or try) writing in other genres?
I love the genre I write and indeed these are the genres I generally read. I also love history and if I had more time I’d write more historical fiction. Maybe one day!! I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a historical cookery book as I was left an original one dating back to 1910. Again I need to find the time…
Q: What has been one of your biggest surprises as an independent author?
The people I’ve met are amazing, both fellow authors and readers. Going on from that, I have to say that readers and fans are my lifeblood. I would never have got anywhere without their wonderful support! I appreciate their reviews, fan mail and constructive criticism.
If book sales take a dip (as they can do in July and August when most people take their annual holidays), it’s wonderful when I receive a personal note telling how they loved ‘such and such’ in a certain book. It’s a reviving call and I know I have my loyal followers who’re just waiting for me to write that next novel.
I am fairly shy and sometimes it is difficult to drag myself out for a book signing or attend a fair, but the warmth from readers never fails to surprise me and I realise the world is still a nice place.
So I wholeheartedly say… ‘Thanks for always supporting me! You are all just brilliant!’
Thanks so much to Faith for sharing her story here. If you'd like to ask a question or leave some feedback, please do so in the comments section.
Faith's books are available in both paperback and e-book formats, on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Apple and Google. Her website is http://www.faithmortimerauthor.com. From there you can find links to her blog and locate her online at various social networking platforms.
It's that time of the year again for those of us in northern climates. Time to curl up with a soft blanket and a great mystery. Today's guest, author Faith Mortimer, talks about her mystery books, writing romance, and how she finds inspiration. This is Part I of a two-part series.
Here's a bit about Faith, in her own words:
"I'm a British author dividing my time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 I have been fortunate enough to turn my hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, I dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, and I spent many hours writing short stories which I subsequently read to my younger sisters (probably under pressure!). I was born in Manchester, England & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England."
J.P.: With over 12 books under your belt, you have a lot of experience in how to write a captivating story. Can you talk a little bit about your writing process (coming up with ideas, fleshing them out, the actual writing of the book) and if it's gotten easier over time?
Faith: With my Mystery Suspense novels; both The Diana Rivers Mystery Series and The Dark Mind Series, although murder is 100% employed, I do not dwell on too many graphical images. I prefer my readers to envisage for themselves how bloody or scary the scene is. The mind is a wonderful thing. Of course I mention how the victim meets their death, and there will be some descriptive prose, but I do not dwell on the subject. I believe there is too much gore written and photographed today.
My other writing love is romance, and all the books in the ‘Affair’ series can be read in any order. I must point out that I don’t write chick-lit, rather more women’s’ fiction, which has dramatic, edgy overtones and suspense as well as pure romance. Saying that I do have a good male following among my readership too! Two further novels, The Seeds of Time and Harvest as well as being romantic also feature WW2 and action/adventure.
My ideas come from everywhere! There is always something going on in my mind…and I listen (eavesdrop) unashamedly on other peoples’ conversations! I can be going up in an elevator, or sitting in a café or at a party. People are generally interesting and snippets or a sentence I overhear gets my brain working overtime.
The gist of a new story comes from a simple idea and I jot an opening scene. I flesh that out, until I have a few chapters written down. As I become more involved with the story I dream up my characters and make notes, adding more description as I go along – and changing things to add to and suit the story. I generally have a very basic outline of a novel, but rarely have a complete ending. I frequently change scenes and characters as the project grows and becomes more alive. I rarely suffer writer’s block because I usually have more than one idea going on at a time. If I find I’m getting ‘stale’ I go and do something else for an hour or so…painting or walking is great for clearing a muzzy head and often doing something energetic freshens the mind for writing another few thousand words!
J.P.: Do you have a favorite out of the books you've written? If so, which one and why?
Faith: This is the most difficult question – and I’m often asked it. My first book The Crossing– (The Seeds of Time and Harvest) took me ages to write. It was a real labour of love and a huge learning curve, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I also enjoyed writing my first Diana Rivers Mystery Suspense novel, The Assassins’ Village, probably because I could include all the research I did for the setting (Cyprus) and the history is fascinating.
Children of the Plantation was also wonderful to write…then out of my romances I really enjoyed A Very French Affair and my latest A Very English Affair. Neither is ‘chick-lit’ in the true sense and both are real tear-jerkers! Edgy full of suspense and the endings are not what you’d expect.
We'll continue with Part II of Faith's interview soon ...
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