Welcome to Shining the Spotlight. We have decided to resurrect this series of interviews with writers, editors and publishers. Today we have Vivienne Tuffnell, author of Away With The Fairies.
Please take a seat and prepare yourself.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
You are a beekeeper or are the bees incidental?
So how did you get from keeping bees to writing a book?
Did that first novel see the light of day?
Having brothers is a terrible thing. What happened next in the world of writing?
What genres do you like to read and do you write in those genres?
How many books have you written and which of those are published?
Have you self-published these?
How did you find the process of acquiring an agent?
Why, what happened?
I wish I knew! Initially very keen etc he lost interest when the book he was hawking on my behalf failed to find a home quickly enough. I think he thought he had a perfect home for it but when that connection proved false, he didn’t have either the energy to get further or the decency to bother telling me.
So you went on to ride the self-publishing wave?
What editing process did you utilise?
As you may know, one of the biggest issues with self-published authors is the ability to publish a novel without any kind of editing beforehand. So the novel is released with errors, poor cover art etc
How did you address these issues for your own work?
Would you say that having an editor is a MUST or just desirable?
When writing, do you have a process?
You wrote 105k words in just over two weeks?
And did you try and query traditional publishers after that?
for which I am profoundly grateful now. I felt deadlocked and it made me feel very depressed and frustrated. We had to move again and start a new life somewhere else and find new jobs. I made one last attempt to get a deal, then gave up. I started blogging. I needed some outlet for words. I found I was struggling to write fiction, though, and it was much,much slower than it had been and it felt as if I were blocked.
How did you get over that block?
Indeed. So where are you now in all that process?
In the mean-time, hows the writing going? Are you close to publishing anything at the moment?
What is this novel called and what’s it about?
What advice would you give to aspiring authors out there?
Thank you Vivienne
You can check her out on:
Author Page: Vivienne Tuffnell