Today, it is with pleasure, I welcome crime writer, Rebecca Bradley to my blog, to talk about her debut novel and about her writing process.
1)CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF – HAVE YOU WRITTEN ANY BOOKS AND ARE YOU WRITING NOW?
It depends on how much you want to know about me to be honest. I don’t think you want my life story. So what to say?
I live with my family and a very pampered young Cockerpoo dog who is far too energetic, but wonderful company when I’m writing. He lays underneath my desk and sleeps quietly but breaks wind a lot and makes me screech at him for doing it! It’s very distracting.
I’m disabled. I live with the genetic condtion Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which means my body makes connective tissue faulty and as your whole body is made up of the stuff it’s not much fun, but I cope. You have to make the most of what you have. I pace myself. It’s important to help me write.
I’ve just released my first crime fiction novel, Shallow Waters, which covers pretty dark topics, but without getting too close. Its a police procedural and is the first in a series with a lead female DI protagonist called Hannah Robbins and is told in first person narrative from her point of view so you get a close up of the investigation and on how she feels about it.
The second in the series is already in progress and I am hoping to release it later this year.
2)HOW MUCH RESEARCH AND PREPARATION DO YOU DO IN ADVANCE – DOES ANY OF THIS CHANGE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING?
I’m lucky with the research in that I know a lot of police detectives.
3)DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE TIME TO WRITE? HOW DO YOU BALANCE WRITING WITH OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES AT HOME OR IN WORK?
I can’t have a favourite time to write unfortunately. I have to listen to my body and work when it allows me to work. So, for instance, if it’s telling me to rest all day, I rest, but by 5pm I have some energy , I can sit and do an hour. Another day, I could work for half an hour, rest an hour, then come back to it and keep going in that manner. But working a full day like that, even with hour long breaks between does tend to wear me out, so it really is hit and miss. I’m currently on long term sick leave because the disorder has become fairly serious for me. Sorry! This sounds like a real sob story now. I’m coping how I need to. It’s not all bad. And now I’m home for the family.
4) WRITING HAS LOTS OF HIGHS AND LOWS – HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED?
It is a very isolated task. It’s probably why I love social media so much. Particularly Twitter. You can often find me on there wasting hours. It’s because I can easily tweet from my phone while sat doing nothing! Twitter is a great place to talk to other writers. We all share the same worries and we all have the same distractions – Twitter!
5)DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AND/OR BLOG? HOW USEFL DO YOU FIND THIS?
Yes, I use Twitter! I also blog at http://www.Rebeccabradleycrime.com/ I love blogging and the community on there is also very good. You find yourself a niche, a place to fit and to feel at home and it makes those times you have to sit by yourself tapping away at the keyboard feel not so bad.
6)IF YOU COULD GIOVE SOME ADVICE TO A NEW WRITER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Keep writing. No matter how long it takes. It isn’t something that’s going to happen quickly. The more you write, the better you get. Start a Twitter account now, and pop on there for 5 minutes a day. It’s more and more important nowadays, not just for your own sanity, but for your future career. And I say Twitter, but what I mean is, choose a social media platform you are most comfortable with and stick with that. Yoiu don’t need to waste hours and hours, but you do need to start it up early The writing is paramount. The social is important.
Thank you for being my guest writer today, Rebecca. If you want to connect with Rebecca on Twitter you can find her – @RebeccaJBradley