I’ve decided to look at some questions I’ve been asked about my writing – with the answers I WISH I could give if I was less than polite!
Q. What’s your book about?
A. If you buy a copy (and I’ll autograph it for you after I’ve taken your money), you’ll find out.
Q. How long does it take you to write a book?
A. How long is a piece of string? And do you mean actually writing, or thinking about it, or getting critiques back and altering things, or revising or editing?
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
A. I get blinding flashes of inspiration (ha-ha, I wish!)
Q. How much money do you make?
A. ‘Scuse me, how much money do YOU make – or maybe, 'I'm thinking of going on a cruise' (no need to add 'on the local canal').
Q. Are you famous?
Answer: Well, you’ve heard of me.
A. Hate Branston Pickle
Okay, I made that last one up. The other questions (not the answers!) are genuine, but I did once get asked to read a friend’s husband’s brother’s sci-fi story which had been rejected 30+ times. I declined, saying I knew nothing about sci–fi, which is actually true. Yeah, right, I chickened out. I didn’t want to lose a friend. But I did tell them to take heart because Harry Potter was rejected 20 times before being accepted.
Would love to know what you'd like your answers to be, or any other questions you've been asked about your writing.