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.
“If you write for any other reason than enjoying it, you’ll not be able to cope with all the rejections and criticism.”
This week: LOUISE BEECH
Tell us about yourself…
Tell us about yourself… Who am I? Haha, that depends on the day. Well, I’m a writer. I only recently feel able to say that before anything else. (Aside from mum, though that goes without saying.) I’ve always been a writer in the sense that I write, but never felt I could officially say it until my first novel was published. I’m also a theatre usher, which I love because I get to see all the plays and am in such a creative environment all the time. I love to travel when I can afford it, and have a huge list of places still to see. Really, I love life and enjoy living it, with the people I love.
How do you go about plotting your books?
I’m Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman – a fly by the seats of my pants kind of girl. I don’t plot, as such. I set off with a vague idea – perhaps a scene, or a poetic line, or a character who’s been haunting me. The story tends to unfold in more detail as I write. It happens naturally. Just the way life does, I suppose. Later on I often find little links, little bits of accidental foreshadowing, and then I wonder if the universe had me on the right path all along, and I just had no clue… TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE