Your Name -- DAVID LAWRENCE-YOUNG
1 - When did you first start writing? 1998
2 - Do you read much? YES If yes, have you always loved reading? YES
3 - Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite book?
NO FAVOURITES, BUT ILOVE “THREE MEN IN A BOAT”-IT’S V.V.FUNNY‘
4 - What writers have influenced you the most? NOBODY SPECIAL
5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character? NO
Either from a book or movie or a tv show?
6 - What are you working on right now? Can you tell us something about it? WRITING A SEQUEL AFTER MY NOVEL ABOUT ANNE OF CLEVES – HENRY VIII’S FOURTH WIFE, ABOUT HENRY VIII’S FIFTH WIFE, CATHERINE HOWARD
7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’? Any particular pre-writing routines? NO, I AM LUCKY.ICAN WRITE ANYWHERE AND DON’T NEED SPECIAL PENS, ROOMS, KARMA ETC. I OFTEN PLAY LIGHT CLASSICAL MUSIC IN BACKGROUND
8 - Where do you do your writing? USUALLY IN THE SPARE/ GUEST ROOM IN MY FLAT OR IN THE KITCHEN .
9 - How do you approach your writing? i.e. - Do you do outlines? Character bios? Etc.? I SOMETIMES WRITE VERY SKETCHY OUTLINES AND MAYBE A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE MAIN CHARACTERS,
10 - Do you have any advice for other writers? YES, KEEP AT IT AND PRAY!!!
11 - Are you a morning person or evening person? Day or night?
OFTEN MORNING BUT CAN ALSO WORK HAPPILY AT NIGHT.
12 - Do you have any pets? NO
13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?
GOING FOR A WALK, READING SOMETHING LIGHT OR THE NEWSPAPER OR A MAGAZINE
14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes? They can range from mild to wild. Where are you on the mild to wild meter? STARTED OFF AS COLD, NOW GETTING MUCH HOTTER, BUT NOT TOO HOT AS I WRITE HISTORICAL NOT EROTIC NOVELS.
15 - Do you write in one genre? Or more than one? 90% HISTORICAL NOVELS BUT HAVE WRITTEN A SHORTMYSTERY STORY, BUT THAT WAS BASED ON A TRUE HISTORICAL INCIDENT.
16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house? PUBLISHING HOUSE, INCL. GMTA
17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent? HAVE TRIED BUT NOT SUCCEEDED. PERHAPS BEING AN EX-PAT BRIT NOT LIVING IN UK MAKES AGENTS THINK THEY DON’T WANT TO TAKE ME ON. GETTING AN AGENT FOR ME HAS PROVED HARDER THAN GETTING A PUBLISHER.
18 - What about marketing? How do you approach that area? GIVE IDEAS TO PUBLISHERS OR CONTACT USEFUL PEOPLE DIRECTLY
ALSO ADVERTISE MY BOOKS ON MY WEBSITE
19 - What about beta readers? Do you use them? How many do you have? Where do you find them? DON’T USE BETA READERS
20 - What’s your favorite food? VERY HAPPY WITH THICK FRESH BREAD AND BITTER ORANGE MARMALADE ALSO BREAKFAST CEREALS, BUT NOT THE VERY SUGARY ONES
21 - What’s your favorite color? MAROON
22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful? NO
23 - What’s your favorite time of the year? SUMMER, BUT NOW I AM AGEING, (67+) I DON’T DISLIKE WINTER ANY MORE
24 - What’s your most recent book about? And where can people buy it?
“ANNE OF CLEVES – HENRY’S LUCKIEST WIFE” A BIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL ABOUT HENRYVIII’S FOURTH WIFE. CAN BE BOUGHT FROM GMTA OR AMAZON ETC.
25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer? MY LOVE OF HISTORY AND TRYING TO PUT OVER THE SITUATION, POLITICS AND ATMOSPHERE OF THE PERIOD/ACTION/ EVENT I AM DESCRIBING.
MAYBE THIS COMES OF HAVING BEEN A SCHOOL TEACHER FOR 46 YEARS AND EXPLAINING IDEAS & EVENTS TO KIDS ETC
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