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A Q and A with me and Lynsey James

One of the best things about writing is the people you meet and the friends you make.

Lynsey James is not only a superbly prolific, sensitive and funny writer, but she’s an excellent human being. We’ve developed something of a super team this last year, supporting each other through the ups and downs of writing life.

Seeing as we’re both busy working away on our new secret projects, I thought a little Q and A where we’ve asked each other the questions might be fun.

Andi’s questions for Lynsey:

Who is the favourite character you’ve written, and why?My favourite character is Ivy St. Clair, the jazz singer from Just the Way You Are. She was so much fun to write and I loved the way her story intertwined with Ava’s. Although they had a lot of differences, they’d each lost the chance to be with someone they loved.

What books are getting you excited in the publishing world at the moment?
State of Grace by Rachael Lucas is really exciting me. It’s written from the point of view of a teenager with Asperger’s and I can’t flipping wait to read it. I’m also really looking forward to reading your top-secret books…
What thing really irritates you about writing?
The thing that irritates me about writing is how easy people think it is. They only see the finished product and sometimes don’t realise the amount of work that goes into them. Or the sleepless nights!

What’s your long term writing dream?
My long-term writing dream is to make a comfortable living from my books, and to get into print one day. Obviously, a film deal would be incredible too!

What would be your advice to someone wanting to write a novel?
The best advice I could give to someone who wants to write a novel is to write. You learn so much from playing with different narrative techniques and styles, so experiment as much as possible. And read as much in your chosen genre as possible!
Lynsey’s questions for Andi:
What book do you wish you’d written?
Shadows of the Wind, The Night Circus, I would absolutely love to have written something as complex and beautiful as these two books. They’re the inspiration for my new secret project.

I loved The House on Camden Square series! Do you have anybody you’d love to play your characters on screen?
Natalie Dormer would play Ruby, I think she’d be awesome. Killian would be played by Colin O’Donoghue (stole the name Killian from his character   on Once Upon a Time). The others, I have no idea! They are kind of fuzzy in my head, I hear their voices, not see their faces. But if a production company wants to have a crack at it, that would be great.

What’s your favourite part of the writing process?
The beginning is the most fun, that spark of an idea. And about three quarters of the way through, just after the hump, when I really get my flow going and get all excited about people reading it! Edits can be a pain, but they remind you that writing is a craft.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Half and half. I start plotting, then I don’t want to know too much, so I start writing, then I have to plot a little bit more towards the end, to get the final speed up.

What books are on your TBR pile at the moment?
Annie Lyon’s The Choir on Hope Street, The Escape by C.L. Taylor and I am SO excited by the new Phillip Pullman, The Book of Dust, as I loved the His Dark Materials series.

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