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1. When writing your novel, do you know how it’s going to end before you write, or do you write from start to finish?
There’s a lot of talk about the pros and cons of plotting and pantsing (ie, flying by the seat of your pants) but in reality I find I do a mixture of the two. Whenever I start a book, I have a clear idea in my head of the characters, the situation, and the main plot points. Sometimes I’ll do a chapter by chapter outline, but the more I write, the more I like to see where the characters take the story. Sometimes it will veer completely off, and they’ll surprise me (and make me go back and have to replan, dammit!)
However, if there are a number of complex plot turns, I find chapter outlines to be really useful. For Fix You, for example, the story covers 12 years, and I really needed to plan each chapter in detail. My chapter outline for that ran to three, very descriptive pages!
2. How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?
I’d like to say I have a crazy family who are constantly inspiring my work, doing unbelieveable things and generally making my writing life easier. However, as much as I love them, my family keep thwarting me by being so mundanely normal. That doesn’t mean I can’t get any inspiration from them, though. I’m always watching the way people react and interact, looking at body language and facial expressions for use in future stories. And to be honest, my family is so supportive, loving and all round amazing, I wouldn’t change a single thing about them!
3. Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.
Hot. Tattooed. Father.
In my fevered imagination, he looks a lot like model, Stephen James! So there’s that…
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