I'm delighted to interview Pauline Barclay on my blog this week. Pauline writes emotional passionate moving stories and is also the founder of Chill with a Book Awards. Welcome, Pauline!
A HUGE thank you Karen for having me, I’ve brought a bottle of bubbly we can sip while we natter.
Oh! Thank you, Pauline!
First can you tell my readers a bit about yourself?
My passion is to write about events that happen in life and change everything for those involved as well as those caught up in the maelstrom. I want my characters to sit at your side, steal your attention and sweep you up in their story. Stories that will bring tears to your eyes, have you laughing out loud and sometimes, what they share with you, will stay in your hearts for a very long time.
I am originally from Yorkshire, though I have lived in several different locations including; Suffolk, Surrey and Holland. Today, I live on one of the beautiful Canary Isles with my husband and our two gorgeous rescue doggies.
Here are some of Pauline's books. You can find out more about them and buy them here: Amazon Author Page
They look fab, Pauline. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I have been writing since I was very young. I started with poems, short stories and even a song! To my delight, at the time, my class sang my song during one of the parent days when I was at junior school.
What do you like writing most?
I love to write about people, importantly how events that happen in their lives affect them and those around them. It is important for me to get into the character’s head to understand their emotional state so you are almost that person.
Do you have a special place for writing?
Normally in our office which overlooks our garden. I try not to be too distracted by the lovely weather we have, reminding myself if I work hard I can get out and enjoy the sun.
Are you a pantster or a plotter?
I guess a plotter. I always know the outline of the story I want to write, but as the characters develop into real people, yes they are real, we often travel down a road I had not thought about.
Is your writing ever inspired by your family or real life incidents?
Nearly always real incidents. Through listening to people, you learn so much about life and how an event can changed their lives for the better and sometimes for the worse. Some of what I hear, I take away and turn into stories and sometimes the story these people tell is heart breaking.
What are you writing at the moment?
It is my seventh book, no title as yet. Coming up with a title is the hardest part of the writing for me! This story I am working on is about how one event turned a perfect life in to a hell. Successful, Martin Culford one morning waved to his family as he drove off to the office. As he headed to work he had no idea that from that day onwards his life would never be the same again. Like all my books, it will be an emotional read. I always add a warning to my readers…. Tissues may be required!
What inspired you to write this book?
A story I heard years ago from an elderly gentleman and more recent of someone I knew who could not move forward in his life.
What time of the day do you write best?
Afternoons. I like to get everything I need to do out of the way. I am also the founder of Chill with a Book Awards and it has gone crazy this year. At the moment Chill Awards is taking up a great deal of my time which I really don’t mind as the Awards recognise great Indie authors, though I still try to find time to write.
What are your hobbies?
Running, photography, reading, cooking, walking. I love to cook. I try to make everything we eat. I am not a fan of prepared food and living abroad, as we have done for many years, often means prep food is not readily available.
What advice would you give to other writers?
If you love writing go for it and enjoy it. If you want to publish your work, please do get an editor to help your polish it to shine like a diamond. It will make all your efforts worthwhile.
Thanks, Pauline. That's great advice.
You can find out more about Pauline here:
Thank you so much Karen for a fabulous chat, it seems we have finished the bottle!
It was a pleasure to talk to you, Pauline. Thanks for the champagne! :)
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