Sunday 22 September 2013

Author Spotlight - Bobbie Ann Cole

When did you first know you could be a writer?
I always knew I could be a writer. It first became a priority for me after I recovered from 5 years of breast cancer and other illnesses.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?
My current book is a memoir. I find creative non-fiction my easiest genre to write. That said, I’m currently working on a fiction piece.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
I have always loved Daphne du Maurier’s writing. It’s atmospheric and lyrical, yet quirky and dark. I love her plots as much as her settings and characters.

What made you want to be a writer?
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
When you think you’ve finished, that’s when you ask for editor feedback and begin again.

Do you intend to make writing a career?
Yes, definitely.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I lap up criticism. I respect others’ opinions about my work. Usually this kind of input will lead to changes. If not, I will have thought through why and appreciate the heads up.

How did you come up with the title?
She Does Not Fear the Snow is a line from Proverbs 31 in the Bible, praising a Good Woman Whose Price is Far Above Rubies. I chose it partly because the book recounts how I came to live in Atlantic Canada, where the winters are snowy. More than that, I’m referencing a picture that came into my mind at my lowest moment. I saw my future as a field of driven snow. This was scary: I might sink into a drift. But it was also exciting: a place to make footprints. I never dreamed it would turn out to be a literal vision.

Who designed the cover?
Erin of The Wandering Reader designed my cover for me.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? 
It’s more a case of writing about far-flung places because I’ve travelled. My book is set on three continents, my native England, Israel and Atlantic Canada.

If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
Don’t wait like I did to follow your dream. Commit to following it as if you might die tomorrow. And don’t ever let it go. The journey itself is an adventure.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
I cannot imagine ever stopping writing.

She Does Not Fear the Snow
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Genre -  Faith Memoir
Rating – PG
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