Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get ideas for novels?
This is a copy of the Poe I found in a second hand bookshop. I refer to it in my WIP. The other is a copy of a book with pressed flowers.
I typically find ideas in different ways: old books I come across, stories from family or friends, places I visit, research I do for stories that lead to other interesting facts I can use in a novel, historical events. The inspiration for my WIP came from a book my daughter found in Elizabeth’s Bookstore in Perth, WA. Someone had pressed flowers between its pages and that led me to create a botanist in my story.
Where do you write?
I write at a desk facing the window. I can happily listen to music while I am writing or have complete silence, it makes no difference to my creativity.
Where do your ideas for characters originate?
They mainly come from my own imagination. I research whatever it is that defines each character: a talent, a hobby, a job. By a character having something that defines them it makes them come to life in the story. One character in my WIP is botanist another a painter another a housekeeper who runs a tight ship. One makes cheeses, another restores antique books, even a minor character is a good seamstress.
What authors do you like to read?
My reading tastes are a broad church:
I read popular fiction: romance, historical, crime, and literary novels if they tell a good story. To me the essence of a good book is its story. My books are character driven but I also try to write an intriguing story; one that will keep my readers turning the pages.
A few of my favourite authors.
Australian: Henry Handel Richardson, Kate Morton, Lucy Treloar, Geraldine Brooks.
British: Daphne du Maurier, A. S. Byatt, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Mary Stewart, Nancy Mitford, Sebastian Faulks, Pat Barker.
American: Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pat Conroy, Anais Ninn.
I come from a family of book lovers and have inherited the reading gene. Nothing beats opening a new book, reading the first line and knowing the book will stay on my bookshelf forever.
Have a great week, reading, writing, and dreaming.
2 responses to “Frequently Asked Questions”
Hello, Elise, I just want to say it is so interesting to read how you create all your characters, plot lines and experiences. Loved Castle of dreams and looking forward to reading your next novel, plus your new backdrop to your blog is gorgeous!..xo
Thanks so much Bianca…