Thank you for joining me today here for an author interview with Elizabeth Davies. Elizabeth is the author of the paranormal romance, The Medium Path. The book cover can be found above. So let’s jump right in and see what Elizabeth Davies has to tell us all today.
About The Author:
I’m married with a daughter and a smelly old dog. I live in South Wales (the original one, not the Australian one) and love my country’s history. I’m fascinated by the 600 plus castles we have in Wales alone, not counting the rest of the UK, and anything pre 1500 catches my attention straight away. I love the mountains and often disappear with my husband on long hikes – a couple of sandwiches and a flask off coffee, and we’re good to go!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
My mother wanted me to become a writer, but it wasn’t until about ten or so years ago that an idea for a novel popped into my head. Up until then I had been perfectly content getting lost in other people’s worlds. I never thought to conjure up my own.
When your writing where do you draw inspiration from?
To be totally honest, I’m not really sure. Sometimes an idea can came from the oddest things – hearing a word on the radio can spark off a chain of thoughts that often start up with “what if” and end up with a vague idea for a plot. Or whilst doing research for one novel I come across an event that triggers an idea for another.
What interested you to write the genre you write?
Like most people I have the occasional thought about what happens after we die. Or about what else is out there. I write paranormal because the idea that the world we see around us can’t be all of it – there must be more – and I want to explore that. And I write romance because that’s what makes the world tick. Plus I’m a sucker for a happy ending, though my endings can sometimes be regarded as happy for now, rather than happy ever after.
What else have you written?
I’ve written a trilogy, starting with State of Grace, which was my first published novel. Bizarrely it’s about vampires and time-travel, but my most of my readers thinks it works, and many have asked for another novel. If I write it I guess it won’t be a trilogy any more…
I have also written another book about spirits, called The Spirit Guide, and this is set in medieval Wales. I really do enjoy mixing my genres!
What is your method for getting around writers block?
I don’t plot. Or rather, I try to, but it always goes pear-shaped. So I often sit at the computer with little or no idea as to where I’m going next. If this happens I go back through the last chapter, and start editing. Lots of people say you shouldn’t edit until your first draft is done, but this method works for me because it allows me to reconnect with both the story and the characters, and by the time I get to where I left off last time the next sentence comes to me, then the next, and the block is gone.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
Write. I know that sounds silly but it’s so easy to lose oneself in the shiny internet, to spend hours playing on social media, developing your writer’s platform, when you should be concentrating on your writing. And don’t ask your mum, dad, sister, best friend to read your work. Find a stranger. You’ll get a more honest and objective opinion.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Probably still holding down the day job and fitting in writing whenever and wherever I can. It’s very, very hard to make it big in the writing business, and I know of so many authors who have produced excellent novels and haven’t managed to land a contract.
I hope to have another seven or eight books under my belt though by this time, and because I write to satisfy a need in me, rather than to pay the bills, I can live with not making money from writing. I enjoy what I do. in fact, I think I may be addicted to it!
How can your readers follow you and find out about your books?
You can visit my website http://www.elizabethdaviesauthor.co.uk, or find me on Amazon, Author.to/ElizabethDavies, where you can buy my books.
What is your newest release? Is there anything you would like to say about it to your readers?
My newest novel is called The Medium Path, and it’s about a dead woman who falls in love with a living man. She is a guide who helps ghosts move on, an he is a medium. A rather reluctant one.
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