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1. Do any characters you’ve written into your books remind you of yourself? Explain which ones and why.
I suspect there’s a little bit of me in a lot of my characters. However, even before I start writing my characters start to take on a life of their own. They grow and develop in my mind, as I think about their back stories, their motivations, their experiences. I lead a fairly boring life – married, two children, very little drama, so if my characters were just like me then the story really wouldn’t be very exciting to read. As well as that, one of the things I love about writing is the fact I can create new worlds with people who aren’t like me. It’s like playing dress up, but with words!
2. Was there a teacher or mentor in your life who helped nurture your writing?
There have been so many people who have had a big influence on my life. The first person who taught me the love of reading was my mum, and from that grew a love of writing. As I started to write for publication, I found an amazing group of friends–writers, readers, editors–who have all taught me so much about the written word. It would be hard to narrow it down to just one person!
3. Every author has that moment when they doubt their ability to write. When that happens to you, how do you pull yourself up by the bootstraps and continue? What do you do to inspire yourself?
We all have setbacks. You only have to read about the now-successful authors who were rejected by publisher after publisher to realise you’re not alone in this game. Becoming a writer means opening yourself up to criticism–both good and bad–and this can make you over-sensitive. So what I do is remind myself how lucky I am to be doing something I love, and even better I’m able to share it with others. Yes, there are days when I feel low and sensitive, but when that happens I either bury myself in a book (always my favourite pastime) or I remind myself that the good parts of being a writer far outweigh the bad. I’m so lucky to have great friends and readers who I love talking to, and I wouldn’t give that up for the world.
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Thank you to Kim for these questions, they really made me realize how much I love our genre. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://ronnieallennovel.com/gemini/blog-1and read Ronnie Allen’s answers!