Today I’m joining the blog tour for The Sea Glass Beach. I’m sharing my Q&A with the author with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour and to Tina Pritchard for answering my questions!
Have you always wanted to write?
Yes, I used to write poems and stories as a child. I was slightly synaesthetic and loved the shape and colour of words. Sadly that superpower has diminished with age.
What were your previous jobs? Have they helped you with your writing process?
I have had lots of jobs, but I trained as a teacher and worked as a trainer in a drug service which stood me in good stead when writing my first book In a Deep Dark Wood. I then became a wedding, naming and funeral celebrant. Lots of juicy stories, but sadly, confidentiality means it’s unlikely they will be written for public consumption.
What was your inspiration for The Sea Glass Beach?
My own mothers story of giving birth to me as a single mother in Ireland. She was sent to a Mother and Baby Home and I was going to be put up for adoption, but my grandmother had other ideas and I came home. The book is primarily a work of fiction, with the major part of the story taking part in Nova Scotia, Canada, a place I love and have visited on a number of occasions.
How do you construct your characters? Do they have traits of people you know? As a writer I don’t think you can help writing characters that have traits and qualities associated with people you know. If they do recognise themselves, I hope they are flattered and not upset by it.
What does your writing process look like? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
By and large a pantser, although at some point you have to take yourself in hand and get down to the hard graft of plotting.
How did you research? Did you enjoy it?
I did quite a bit of research for this book, Everything from tide times, to types of ships and trains in 1950’s Southern Ireland. I hope I got things right, especially the Nova Scotia setting, but I’m sure there will be something that an eagle-eyed reader will pick up on as being incorrect.
Who are your favourite writers? Are you influenced by them?
I’m a big fan of Joan Didion and Elizabeth Strout. I would like to say they have been an influence, but they are far too literary for a rookie writer such as myself!
If you could invite three people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be and why?
Alan Rickman for his sparkling cynicism, Rachel Carson for her prescient views on the environment, and Carl Sagan who was not only a brilliant cosmologist, but a beautiful writer.
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Anyone with flatulence for obvious reasons.
Who would play the main character/s in a film version of The Sea Glass Beach?
If Lara McDonnell is available she would make a great Roisin.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Walk in the countryside with my dog Horace.
What is next for you?
I have some ideas floating up in the ether. Watch this space!
Ooh, too many to name. I really enjoyed Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout and Joan Didion’s The Year Of Magical Thinking.
Again too many to name. I have a set of films I watch over and over depending on my mood. The Graduate is a classic that still makes me laugh.
Singer Joni Mitchell and the band Elbow.
I like a good Scandi Noir, especially in the winter.
Blue. It features a lot at the end of the book.
I love Nova Scotia.
A buttered digestive.
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