My interview with author Dariel Raye on her blog today

Delighted and honoured to have been interviewed by Dariel Raye today on her blog – I hope you will head over…

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2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality? How would you say most of your books are conceived? Dreams? Research? Experience?

I began writing poetry when I was about ten but I use the term poetry loosely! I was an obsessive reader however from about the age of six and I was into the classics such as War and Peace consumed when I was 12 and had chicken pox. In 1964 I bought my first Wilbur Smith book and having lived in South Africa was immediately swept up in the family sagas and adventures. I got itchy fingers and began jotting down notes for stories and poems. My mother told me that I had an overactive imagination which used to get me into dreadful scrapes. I blame Wilbur Smith.

Life intruded as it does when you leave school, go to college and then go out to work. I was told to put fanciful stuff on a shelf and get on with earning a living. Which I did until I was 43 years old. I gave up working for other people and retrained as a nutritional therapist. My first book was about me and my struggles with weight (at 43 I had weighed 150kilo or 330lbs). I designed my own weight loss programme and discarded 150 unnecessary pounds in the process. It began as a journal and was never meant to be read by anyone else, but as soon as I held my first book in my hands I knew this was something I could do for the rest of my life. I have been an Indie author for the last 15 years and have absolutely no regrets.

3. I noticed that you write in multiple genres. What are the pros and cons, if any, of writing in more than one genre, particularly fiction and non-fiction?

Read the rest of the interview here….http://www.pendarielraye.com/2016/11/interview-and-spotlight-sally-cronin.html?zx=16b9ff6ac067342b

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

26 thoughts on “My interview with author Dariel Raye on her blog today

  1. Pingback: My interview with author Dariel Raye on her blog today | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

  2. On 15 Nov 2016 10:46 am, “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life” wrote:

    > Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life. posted: “Delighted and > honoured to have been interviewed by Dariel Raye today on her blog – I hope > you will head over… 2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What > were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality? How would > you say mos” >

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  3. Thanks Sally – I always love to read about the creative process of other writers. How they started. What drove them and what they discovered during what can be the long lonely journey of putting together a novel… I was going to say writing a novel – but as writers know the writing down is only the start. (And non-writers think that’s all there is to it!).

    I think William Burroughs called writing anti-social… because you lock yourself away with a typewriter (in those days) and don’t emerge for weeks.

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    • Thank you Paul.. I think we are lucky these days to have the choice to be alone or to reach out so easily on line.. there is no doubt it can be a distraction but it can also be a source of motivation.. I wonder what William Burroughs would have thought about the Internet and Epublishing that was really only in its early days when he died..

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  4. An entertaining interview. You have such breadth of experience and interests. I absolutely agree about the WordPress community. This was not something I expected when I started blogging and you are right, the sense of never being alone is heart-warming, especially with the political nightmares unfolding around us.

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  5. Lovely interview, Sally. I think we authors are naturally curious and enjoy learning about as well as from each other. I liked that her questions were fashioned to you and especially appreciated her asking how your values and beliefs show up in your writing; I would think this important to most if not all authors ❤

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