Thursday, 31 October 2013

Author Interview - Candice Lemon-Scott @CandiceLSAuthor

Image of Candice Lemon-ScottWhat makes you happiest?

Spending time with my family.

Why do you write?

Because it makes me feel good to write and I just have to get those ideas out of my head and down on paper.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes, it was my favourite thing at school and I always enjoyed and did well at creative writing.

What books did you love growing up?

I loved anything by Enid Blyton. I also liked mysteries like the Trixie Belden books and Sherlock Holmes.

What book genre of books do you adore?

I actually really enjoy young adult fiction.

Are there any books you really don’t enjoy?

I don’t really go for ‘trashy’ novels, mainly because the editor in me can’t help noticing clich├ęs, poor grammar or word repetition. I prefer something that makes me think and question or that really hooks me in.

How did you develop your writing?

I began by writing a children’s story then I discovered I needed to learn some more formal writing skills to improve. I enrolled in the Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) and learned so much during that time. I still get involved in workshop groups and attend seminars and workshops to continue learning. Over time, from reading and writing more, I think my skills develop more as a writer. Like anything, the more you practice the better you get.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere. It can be a conversation I’ve heard, a place I’ve visited, something I’ve experienced, a news story, or an event. The more I get out and see and experience things the more inspired I am.

What is hardest -- getting published, writing or marketing?

I find marketing the hardest because I’m not all that comfortable with self promotion. I don’t really like to talk about myself but I’m working on that as I’ve discovered people are genuinely interested in my work and what I do.

What marketing works for you?

I like to get out and meet readers and potential readers through writing events and I’m always pretty proactive through social media.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

I used to when I was first writing and was a lot less confident. My writing course really helped me with that because we had to workshop our writing constantly. Now I love it, even though there’s always a little of that that niggling self doubt, where I wonder if people will like my work or not.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

Yes, definitely. They make it all worthwhile. My husband is my biggest fan and promoter and I always read everything I write to him first. My friends are always so encouraging too.

What makes you happiest?

Spending time with my family.

Why do you write?

Because it makes me feel good to write and I just have to get those ideas out of my head and down on paper.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes, it was my favourite thing at school and I always enjoyed and did well at creative writing.

What books did you love growing up?

I loved anything by Enid Blyton. I also liked mysteries like the Trixie Belden books and Sherlock Holmes.

What book genre of books do you adore?

I actually really enjoy young adult fiction.

Are there any books you really don’t enjoy?

I don’t really go for ‘trashy’ novels, mainly because the editor in me can’t help noticing clich├ęs, poor grammar or word repetition. I prefer something that makes me think and question or that really hooks me in.

How did you develop your writing?

I began by writing a children’s story then I discovered I needed to learn some more formal writing skills to improve. I enrolled in the Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) and learned so much during that time. I still get involved in workshop groups and attend seminars and workshops to continue learning. Over time, from reading and writing more, I think my skills develop more as a writer. Like anything, the more you practice the better you get.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere. It can be a conversation I’ve heard, a place I’ve visited, something I’ve experienced, a news story, or an event. The more I get out and see and experience things the more inspired I am.

What is hardest -- getting published, writing or marketing?

I find marketing the hardest because I’m not all that comfortable with self promotion. I don’t really like to talk about myself but I’m working on that as I’ve discovered people are genuinely interested in my work and what I do.

What marketing works for you?

I like to get out and meet readers and potential readers through writing events and I’m always pretty proactive through social media.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

I used to when I was first writing and was a lot less confident. My writing course really helped me with that because we had to workshop our writing constantly. Now I love it, even though there’s always a little of that that niggling self doubt, where I wonder if people will like my work or not.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

Yes, definitely. They make it all worthwhile. My husband is my biggest fan and promoter and I always read everything I write to him first. My friends are always so encouraging too.

Unloched

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Genre - Literary fiction

Rating – PG-13

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1 comment:

Sonjabtalks said...

I've been lucky to have children at the same school Candice's children are at. She's a lovely lovely soul, extremely good at what she does re edits, source publishers etc and of course writing! My daughter loves her childrens books and I thoroughly enjoyed reading unloched.

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