1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in 1978 and currently live in the North of England with my husband, son and numerous animals! I’m a teacher by day and writer by night, and love to read, cook and let my imagination run wild. I’m a big kid at heart and highly sarcastic, which is a trait I picked up from my older brother.
2. How long have you been writing?
I would say that I am a newbie to the Indie market because I didn't break through (sounds so painful, doesn't it?) until early 2013 when I published my debut book Love, Life & Cream Cakes! But, like many, I was a frustrated writer long before that. I started writing in a manner that I would say was moderately productive in my late teens, and have had articles published in the press and on the internet. Books are where my passion lies and that’s the direction I’m taking now.
3. What is Love, Life & Lettuce! about?
This book is second in the Love, Life &… series and is about Jenny Golightly who discovers that her average and comfortable marriage is anything but. She is content with her lot, but as she struggles to lose weight her life is turned upside down. I hope this comes across as a humorous story of true friendship and love, but it’s also about being fat in a thin world and the search for happiness.
4. How did you come up with the plot?
After writing Love, Life & Cream Cakes! which has elements of my own life threaded throughout it, I quickly realized that I was attached to the character of Jenny Golightly and wanted to develop her further. I enjoy writing about your “average” person, with “average” problems because there are so many things that go on behind the closed doors of homes that we will never know. I guess I’m a nosy kind of gal!
5. Tell us about Jenny Golightly.
Jenny is overweight, a wife, a mother and a teacher in her mid-thirties who struggles with the perception people hold of her. She is quite a sensitive, some may say defensive, soul but she is just trying to get through the challenges that life is throwing at her. She is probably a lot tougher than she thinks.
6. What do you feel sets your book apart from others of the same genre?
That’s a really hard question. I would like to say that the character of the book is incredibly “typical” and therefore there will be many women out there who can relate to her. She’s not a model, singer, politician or wannabe – just a working mother with a weight problem.
7. Did you have any specific goals when writing Love, Life & Lettuce!? Any themes or ideas or concepts that you wanted to get across to the audience?
I wanted the character to be amiable and I wanted to write about an obese woman because there are too many protagonists out there with, what society believes to be, an ideal body. I wanted to discuss issues surrounding obesity and infidelity and that, for many, life can actually be what you make of it.
8. How long did it take you to write Love, Life & Lettuce!? Did you hire any outside help such as a cover artist or editor?
It took me approximately twelve months to write Love, Life & Lettuce! That’s from the very first word to its final publication. I didn't hire any outside help and chose to do it all myself – it was a huge learning curve! However, I did have two fabulous beta-readers (a lady in the UK and a lady in America) who provided continuous support and feedback.
9. Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing aspirations? How do they support you?
That’s an easy question! My son and my husband. They offer constant support and encouragement and without the pair of them, I couldn't follow this dream. Writing (and all the other tasks that come with publishing) is incredibly time consuming, so you need a supportive family and someone who doesn't mind their ear being bent once in a while. When I come home from my day job, they let me sit and write. They listen to my ideas (if appropriate) and are brutally honest with feedback.
10. As I'm sure you know, many readers like to find their favorite authors on social networking websites like facebook and twitter. Do you have any social network or website links you'd like to share?
You can find me on both Facebook and Twitter if you follow these links:
I love networking with fans and fellow authors, and on my Facebook page you will find many links to articles and sites with useful information for the aspiring indie author.
11. What do you feel are the most important aspects of a great book?
Characters that you identify with and can fall in love with, and for me it’s also a plot that doesn't drag. I want to be able to visualize each scene and get inside the head of the main character.
12. Have you ever sat down to write a scene only to have the story take you in a completely different direction than you had planned?
All the time, but that’s just part of the fun. Your imagination really does take control and your fingers just have to obey it.
13. And just for fun, what's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
Spending time with my family wins every time. I love getting away for short breaks where we can all just kick back and relax.
Thanks so much, Georgina!