FAQs… and some answers (iv)

Several days ago I wrote a post about FAQs, frequently asked questions… You know the sort of things, the section at the back of the instruction booklet, where you are directed when you’re looking for on-line product and service information… quite often when you’re looking for help you wonder who on earth might ask these apparently frequently asked questions, and wonder why your puzzled enquiry isn’t among them.

I was writing about questions I am frequently asked about writing and my writing; here is the next selection of answers:

  1. Are your stories based on real people, places and incidents? No. My stories might have been inspired by  or my imagination spurred or tickled by something I’ve seen or noticed or overheard. Sometimes a situation I’ve read about triggers some thoughts , but apart from one single character in one book, no, it all comes from my imagination. An example is my novel, ‘Lucky Portbraddon’ – it is about six cousins who are very close but whose ties seem to be broken when their grandmother dies. I am very lucky to have cousins who I am also very close to, and so we remain – but the idea of a close-knit group of family appealed to me – and I married it to what I know about bands who are so close and the best of buddies and then fall out spectacularly. So those two ideas fused into the Portbraddon family.
  2. How do you think of your stories? They are mostly triggered by little things I observe – a look, an expression, a coupe not looking at each other, and by things I read about – the mystery woman who washed up on a beach and doesn’t know who she is, a person who turns the table on a stalker, an old house and wondering who lives there – and ditto a door, who lives behind it…
  3. Do you write chick-lit? No. Nor do I read it… only because it’s not my sort of thing! I like puzzles and mysteries!
  4. How long does it take to write a book? Sometimes the thoughts are in my head for years; I had an idea of four brothers for a very long time, then about six years ago I saw a sign post to the village of Radwinter and suddenly my brothers had a name!
  5. What is a blog?
  • Wikipedia – A blog (a truncation of the expression ‘weblog’) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts“)
  • Oxforddictionaries.com – A regularly updated website or web page, typically run by an individual or small group, written in an informal or conversational style.
  • Cambridgedictionary.org – regular record of your thoughts, opinions, or experiences that you put on the internet for other people to read
  • Dictionary.com  – a website containing a writer’s  own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., often having images and links to other websites, or a single entry or post on such a website.
  • … and for me? A way of reaching people, a way of sharing my thoughts and ideas and experiences, making friends, keeping a journal, recording my life and history and that of my family, letting people know about my books, challenging myself to write differently, practising my writing – my craft!

Here is a link to my novel Lucky Portbraddon:


… and to my Radwinter series:

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