I am pleased to share my blog today with an awesome RRBC supporter, LIZZIE CHANTREE!!! Because of her incredible support to the club and our Members, she has landed in the “SPOTLIGHT” Author seat this week. Congrats to you, Lizzie!!!
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Q&A session with author Lizzie Chantree
1. Are you a confident or anxious writer?
I am somewhere in the middle of both! I am confident when I’m writing, but do have times when I suffer anxiety about how much I have written, if I’m going to meet a self-imposed deadline, or just before publishing a new novel.
2. Do you write a plan for each book as you write them?
I was going to say no, but in reality I do write notes when I have the first idea for my work. For my latest book, Finding Gina, I wrote the whole concept on about two or three sides of A4 paper, then stated to write the full manuscript. I really enjoy the creativity of writing my books by hand, although I then have to type the whole book on my computer afterwards!
3. Do you have a word count set up for each day?
I don’t. With my first novel, Babe Driven, I wrote the whole thing at night and kept writing until the morning. I didn’t know what my word count was until I finished the book. Both Love’s Child and Finding Gina were written during the day and as I took my notebooks everywhere, I wrote a few hundred or thousand words whenever I could.
4. How do you select the theme for your latest work?
The ideas just pop into my head at the strangest moments. It’s why I carry notebooks around. I can sometimes have two or three book ideas while I am writing my current one. I scribble down the ideas and come back to them later.
5. Do you always write in the same genre?
I do always write romance novels, although they are all quite different. Babe Driven is a sizzling beach read, Love’s Child is a medical romance novel and Finding Gina is a magical romance novel. I write in this genre as it is what I love to read most, although do enjoy reading books on design, photography, social media and anything creative. I have also discovered so many books from RRBC authors that are now on my kindle, which are written in a variety of genres.
As an added bonus, I am including a SECOND post from Lizzie, about Character Composition:
I usually discover my characters when they pop into my head and introduce themselves, (this might sound a bit weird to anyone who hasn’t written a book!) I gradually learn about their characteristics and then the story unfolds around them and I imagine the main concept of the book.
Sometimes I know most of the story as I write it, but occasionally things change as I am scribbling away in my notebook and when I eventually type the manuscript on my computer, I am surprised as anyone how it has turned out! I write all my books by hand and then expand the story as I type my notes up in my studio.
All of my main characters have one thing in common; they are strong, even if they don’t believe it themselves. They all have faults and can be egotistical or shy, but through adversity or other challenges in the book, they have to adapt and believe in themselves. I draw ideas from my everyday life and take note of people wherever I go. If you come across a strange lady sitting on a bench staring at you, it will probably be me trying to work out where I can fit you into my latest story!
Follow Lizzie on Social Media:
Twitter handle: @Lizzie_Chantree
Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/lizziechantree/
Website address: https://www.writewithsydney.co.uk
Any additional means of contact: Blog: https://www.lizziechantree.com
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Until next time, lovelies………… Happy Reading & Reviewing!!