“If you set out to do something without distraction then you can achieve it.”
CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday top-notch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.
This week: SHALINI BOLAND
Tell us about yourself…
I was born in Hackney, London and now live in Nottinghamshire. I am married with two children who now have lives of their own, leaving me time to indulge in my favourite passions, reading and writing.
At 16 I started a 4 year apprenticeship at the local printers and never looked back. I have been a union rep (a thankless task), Print Manager and Works Manager but it was only when I returned to the shop floor and ran printing presses again that I had enough energy to do other things.
When I was in my twenties I joined the local boxing club which kept me fit and taught me how to look after myself. Another passion was working for a local Hospital Radio Charity. I would gather requests from patients; go fundraising, interview celebrities and present shows which led to a spot on Local Radio. The interaction with patients taught me a key skill to stop and spend time listening to them and try to make their stay a more enjoyable one.
Where do you most like to do your writing?
I sit with my laptop in the dining room looking out onto the garden. I prefer silence rather than background music while typing. I tried listening to Classical music but even that makes my mind wander as I am easily distracted… TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE