MY INTERVIEW WITH MANDY JAMES (Updated)
Last Saturday Mandy was on Dr Phil's Radio Bristol show being interviewed about her new book A Stitch in Time. You can hear Mandy on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0179kjs
So given that you now have your title, how do you approach writing a new book from the point of view of plot, storyline and characters?
I just have the bare bones of an idea and the characters and jot them down in a few paragraphs. Then I refer to them as I am writing. My characters often have a mind of their own and don’t listen to a word I say anyway. They just do their own sweet thing.
Sometimes I borrow from past experiences and personal experience, sometimes not. For Righteous Exposure it was a trip to Texas that kick started the story. For A Stitch in Time I did borrow some experiences from my teaching career. I used to be a history teacher, but didn’t time travel…well not very often. I like to think I have a great imagination too!
It has to be a guy called Korczac Ziolkowski who started the carving of Crazy Horse Mountain in South Dakota. He had a dream against all the odds and never gave up. If you want to write, you must never give up and be prepared to roll with the punches. Have a look at what he did here. You can’t fail to be inspired by his achievements. http://crazyhorsememorial.org/
That's an amazing choice, Mandy. I'll be sure to check him out. You’ve now had an eBook and a paperback published. A fantastic achievement, what’s your next target?
More of the same I hope! I have got a dream of having one of my novels made into a TV series or a film, but haven’t we all?
That's a great ambition and I hope you achieve it. Tell me, is your next book a Work In Progress and can you give us some plot hints?
I have one or two irons in the fire at the moment. But I have already been asked for a sequel to A Stitch in Time by one happy 5* reviewer. Luckily I have the first two chapters under my belt so watch this space.
You couldn't be influenced by a more beautiful part of the country... unless of course it was my favourite, the Gower Peninsular in South Wales where I based much of my first book Leap of Faith. Sorry for the self-publicity, Mandy!
Speaking of influence, Mandy, what is the most important piece of advice you could give a budding writer?