I was delighted to be invited to be the guest of author Sandra J. Jackson on Saturday, and here is an extract from the post.. Please follow the link at the end to read it all. Thanks Sally.
Please welcome, Sally Cronin, as my guest for November.
I first “met” Sally through her WordPress Blog, and I have to say I admire her work. She has a great blog and is always supporting and promoting other authors as well as writing her own books. So when I asked her to be my guest, I was thrilled she agreed to participate, knowing how busy she is.
Thanks again, Sally! Oh, and I too have won money on Friday the 13th… twice. 🙂
1 Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?
I read the usual fairy stories and Enid Blyton books and loved them, but I really only got excited about reading at about 8 years old when I began borrowing books from my two sisters, who were ten and eleven years older than I was. The first book that I remember really making an impact on me was Whatever Happened to the Corbetts by Nevil Shute. It was set close to my home town, along the coast in Southampton, and featured a family who take to their yacht following the bombing of the south coast and onset of disease and civil unrest. I was about 11 years old, and didn’t fully understand the significance of the book until later. The novel was actually written in 1938 before war broke out, but was so detailed in events that did occur, that 1000 copies were distributed at the onset of bombing, to the air raid wardens as a guide to what would happen. I went on to read all his books and particularly enjoyed those set in his adopted home of Australia
2. Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas from stories come from all over the place… literally. I have lived, worked and travelled abroad since I was a child, following my father from posting to posting with the Royal Navy and then with my husband in his career. I seem to have a pretty good memory going back to about three years old, particularly for people who have played a part in my development. From my amah in Ceylon, my first teacher Mrs. Miller, through to the elderly friends of my mother who loved to talk about their lives… and illnesses! Location is important but it is individuals and their stories that get me excited about writing. Sometimes the most unassuming person is holding onto a secret, or an experience that is out of the ordinary. Winkling those tales out of people is my favourite pastime.
3. If you could jump inside of a book for one day (as an observer) what book would it be?
It would probably be Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean m. Auel. Provided I could steer clear of the cave bear and other such fearsome creatures. How amazing to walk in the footsteps of Ayla during her early days of learning to be self-sufficient, and to survive in such a hostile environment. Certainly would not mind popping into the other books in the series either… just for the day though… there are certain modern amenities I don’t think I could live without. However, it would be a huge privilege and a fascinating experience to see our early ancestors up close and personal. A book set further back than Clan of The Cave Bear is Born in a Treacherous Time by Jacqui Murray, but I think that would be far too tough an ask to visit. I don’t think you would get out of the book alive.
4. How do you come up with titles for your books?
I usually have a working title and then as the stories or the plot of a novel unfolds, I get a lightbulb moment and a title is born. Sometimes the working title sticks, such as with What’s in a Name? Which is my two volume short story collections. Just an Odd Job Girl came from a comment someone made when I was telling them the story of all my temp jobs. They called me that from then on. Once I have a title in my head, I then google to make sure that there are not too many with a similar wording, and if so I work mine around. With billions of books in the world, it is tough to be completely original.
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