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Meet Becca Ballenger, Narrator in Vintage Love Stories

Blunder Woman Productions, with the help of eight talented authors and nine equally talented narrators, will be releasing a remarkable volume of short tales set before the age of the internet and cell phones. Vintage Love Stories features Becca Ballenger’s narration of Didn’t It Rain by Kathryn Burns

We were able to chat with Becca, and we’d love for you to get to know a bit more about her, too!  

 Becca Ballenger, Narrator

Becca Ballenger, Narrator

 

Have you had any funny or interesting things happen while recording?

 

My home studio is in a closet in my New York City apartment. I usually record when my fiancé is at the office, so it’s just me and our cat, Franny. If I don’t make a point to place her on the upper shelves of the closet while I record, I can guarantee that there will be a paw coming in under the doorframe within a few minutes of shutting the door. Usually when she’s in the closet, she stays quiet and still, but on occasion, I’ve nearly jumped out of my chair as the door opens, as if by magic, and I see a cat face staring down at me from the shelves above my head. It’s both adorable and terrifying.

 

How do you get into a book/story?

The best way I’ve found to get into a book and to find the characterizations is to simply read aloud. It’s the same way I prepare for an audition (for a play, movie, or audiobook!), as it helps me discover the rhythm and tone the writing. I can get a sense of the characters’ vibe and vocal presence based on the way they talk and act. The best books make it easy to develop characterization— it’s like Prego tomato sauce, where all the ingredients are already there and all I have to do is heat them up.

 

How many books have you narrated and do they have a common thread or theme?

I’ve narrated around 25 audiobooks (I’ve kinda lost count!) and they’ve really run the gamut. Most of my work has been in the YA or new adult genres, as my vocal energy is very youthful. My favorite characters to bring to life are the ones whose layers are revealed over the course of a book. Building in the tension of what’s to come within the voice of each character is one of the great challenges and thrills of narration— we get to create surprises by manufacturing them vocally. 

On a sort of fun note, the first book I ever narrated was a collection of romantic short stories by the British author Tanith Lee, who recently passed away. Now, I’m narrating another British romantic short story for my first project with Blunder Woman! It’s a great full circle kind of feeling.

ABOUT BECCA BALLENGER

Becca Ballenger is an actor based in New York City, and the narrator of over 25 audiobooks. Off-Broadway: Pussy Sludge (HERE Arts Center, 2017 American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Award Winner), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Masterworks, NY Times Critic’s Pick), Absolution (St. Lukes Theatre), The Hero (Metropolitan Playhouse) Regional: Steel Magnolias (Geva Theatre Center), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and White Lightning (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Steel Magnolias and The Tempest (Idaho Shakespeare Fest), American Stare (New Jersey Rep). Extensive readings and workshops with luminary directors like Shirley Knight, Pam MacKinnon, Moritz Von Stuelpnagel, and others. Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Fordham University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.

 

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Meet Erin Bennett, Performer in Vintage Love Stories

 Erin Bennett, Narrator

Erin Bennett, Narrator

Blunder Woman Productions, with the help of eight talented authors and nine equally talented narrators, release a remarkable volume of short tales set before the age of the internet and cell phones. Vintage Love Stories features Erin Bennett’s narration of The Painted World by writer (and narrator also) Cassandra Campbell. 

We were able to chat with Erin, and we’d love for you to get to know a bit more about her, too!  

 

 

What has been your favorite book to narrate?

That's a hard one to answer! I love narrating fiction but recently, a nonfiction book took my breath away. It was Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien. Incredible story about the women, including Amelia Earhart, who were pilots during the golden age of aviation. Their stories just leapt off the page for me.

 

Have you had any funny or interesting things happen while recording?

One time we were recording along and all of a sudden, the recording program my engineer was using went haywire. It kept repeating the same two words over and over on a loop....so I sounded like I was either completely off my rocker or else turned into a robot! We had a pretty good laugh while he restarted the system. 

 

How do you get into a book/story?

I always start curled up in my favorite chair, my iPad in my lap, and I delve right in. I make notes on characters, setting, anything that strikes me....and before I know it, the world outside blurs and I'm absorbed in the story. 

 

How do you prepare for all the different characters and their tones/vocal ranges?

Real life gives me a terrific supply of inspiration. I live in Los Angeles, and I have met some CHARACTERS here. But inspiration comes from movies and TV too. People from my past whose voices have left their imprint…memories...and sometimes, a character just zings from the text completely new. 

 

How many books have you narrated and do they have a common thread or theme?

I've narrated about 350 and so far I have been extremely lucky not to be typecast. I have a pretty good range of fiction, nonfiction, mystery, memoir, science fiction, fantasy, biography, you name it. 

 

What do you like most about narrating audiobooks?

Playing every character - it's like being inside and outside the story at the same time. I love "talking" directly to a listener. Sharing a story that's just for them. 

 

What do you like least about narrating audiobooks?

Sometimes when I have a lot of words to look up it I wish I knew the pronunciation of every word in the dictionary! 

 

During your downtime, do you prefer to read in print or listen to stories in audio?

Listening to podcasts, reading an old paperback in the bathtub...

 

How do you select a book to narrate? 

 It usually finds me via an offer from a publisher. 

 

Do you prefer a specific genre or types of characters?  

 I like a mishmash of styles and genres. It keeps me on my toes! Last week it was romance, this week it's fiction; variety is the spice of my audiobook life!

 

Do you read a book several times before you record the audio? 

I read it carefully once. Then I step into the studio and we're off. 

 

How do you decide on the specific voice and tone to do for each character?

It's mostly instinctive. Authors give me so many great clues in the character descriptions. It's not something I necessarily have to work out beforehand as the author sketches that person for me! 

 

Do you have a ritual or routine you do before sitting down to record the audio (such as vocal exercises or warm-ups to strengthen your vocal cords)?

Tea, tea, tea!  

 

Is there an audiobook you just loved listening to? What about that narration makes it special?

I loved Sissy Spacek's narration of To Kill A Mockingbird. I felt like I was sitting around a campfire listening to her expressive voice and I was captivated. 

 

What qualities make a great narrator? If you like, share some tips for aspiring voice actors.

Great actors make great narrators. Passion for communicating to an audience and good vocal technique too. 

 

Is there a scene you just loved to narrate? 

In Fly Girls, I got to narrate the story of Amelia Earhart's final flight when she disappeared in the South Pacific. The radio operator's communications, their earnest messages trying to find her...and her messages back to the crew. They were heartbreaking - and to get the tone right, where there's a sense of the world holding its breath - those are such exciting scenes to be in.

 

Is there a scene that was especially difficult to narrate?

The rewarding scenes can also be the difficult ones. Right after the scene I just described in Fly Girls, I had to narrate the aftermath of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. It was a national tragedy - and fighting back tears in the studio is just a part of the job, but it can wring you out sometimes. 

 

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents? If so, what are they? 

I sing with a trio and a Big Band - I know a heck of a lot of Andrews Sisters music. And I can swing dance!

 

 ABOUT ERIN BENNETT

“...a truly superb, sensitive performance by Erin Bennett… you will wish it went on forever.” - The Washington Post, Best New Audiobooks 2017.  Bennett is a Los Angeles-based voice and stage actress whose passion for storytelling makes her a natural fit for audiobooks. Winner of multiple Earphones and Audie nominated, she narrated one of AudioFile’s “Best Audiobooks of 2016,” and has recorded over 250 titles for major publishers, including Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, Harper, Blackstone, Recorded Books/Tantor, Brilliance, Dreamscape,and Audible.  Her genres vary widely, from literary fiction to mysteries to science fiction to memoir, as well as nonfiction, multicast recordings and romance. Her on-camera work includes Grandfatheredon FOX and Children’s Hospital on Adult Swim, and her voice-over work spans animation, radio plays for the BBC, video games, and commercials for radio & television.

 

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Meet K. E. White, Author in Vintage Love Stories

Blunder Woman Productions, with the help of eight talented authors and nine equally talented narrators, will be releasing a remarkable volume of short tales set before the age of the internet and cell phones. Vintage Love Stories features K.E. White’s story, Can’t Get Used to Losing You

 K. E. White, Author

K. E. White, Author

We were able to chat with Karen, and we’d love for you to get to know her, too! 

What inspired Can’t Gt Used to Losing You?

For the past couple years, I’ve been working on a romance series based in Boston in the 1980’s. The books are connected by a theater company, and I was a young actor there in that decade. On a deeper level, though, something about the recent presidential election had me hankering for an earlier time in my history, when things seemed simpler. Seemed is operative here, of course. Nostalgia had me looking at the time with rose-colored glasses. At first. As I actually delved into what was going on back then in career opportunities for women, in workplace expectations (#MeToo started somewhere, you know) and gender norms in relationships, I find that we’ve “come a long way, baby” in some ways. In other ways, it’s like we’ve circled back around to the beginning.

Specific to this collection: the second book in my series takes on the “best friend’s sister” trope and explores a relationship after a tragedy disrupts the original family dynamics. Working on the novel I couldn’t stop writing the backstory of the two main characters: how they’d met as kids, when he first saw her as a sexual being, how they first got together as a couple. These stories don’t really fit in the book, though they helped me get to know the characters. When I saw the posting from Blunderwoman for Vintage Love Stories, my first reaction was, “Huzzah! Someone besides me is interested in stories that exist in the limbo between historical and contemporary romance!” My second thought was, “Hey, I wonder if I could turn those backstory scenes into a short story?” Then I did.

 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

It’s okay to be “wrong”! Or, as I used to say in my improv classes, ‘there is no right answer because there is no wrong answer.” 

 

What books have most influenced your life?

In no particular order and there are so many but these jump to my mind in this moment: 

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – the first book I read that went “viral”, that is, it got passed all around my sixth grade classroom. The buzz was amazing but it lived up to it.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – the concept of this book blew my mind.

Impro by Keith Johnstone – an amazing book about creating

Chuck Amuck by Chuck Jones – another amazing book about creating from the guy who brought us Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote and Pepe le Pew, among others.

The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley and the Misty of Chincoteague books by Marguerite Henry – I have always been an animal lover and these (and many other books obtained from Scholastic when I was in school) hooked me on reading

Princess Daisy by Judith Kranz – I have a very strong memory of reading the sexy bits aloud during breaks from play rehearsals when I was in high school, which may have led me to where I am now.

 

Can you tell us about your current project(s)?

I am working on a series based in Boston in 1988, centered around a theatre company. The first book is about a young woman who works in finance and an actor who is struggling with balancing art and career. The second book is about the main characters from this short story, Anna and Ben, five years later (and a dog). I have vague ideas about two more books. 

With the series, I’m hoping to share with reader/listeners what it was like to be a young career woman and sexual being in the late eighties as First Wave feminism was waning, as well as what it’s like to be a journeyman actor. I’ve enjoyed playing with the themes from various Shakespeare plays, 80’s music and just the nuts and bolts of dating pre-internet and pre-cell phone.

 

How do you develop your plots and characters? 

Writing fiction is all pretty new to me. But so far, my process seems to start with a problem – a conflict. Two people who are on a collision path for some reason. In my first book, these people who seem to have nothing in common keep getting thrust together. They end up fitting because their deeper needs are met in relationship with this seemingly opposite person. I’ve learned a lot from conferences, taking workshops and from the women in my writing group but the thing that I keep going back to is from my training in improvisation: 1) Say “Yes, And” to any idea and 2) keep getting in trouble. 

 

Do your characters seem to hijack the story. or do you feel like you hold the reins of the story?

I’m a plantster (planner vs. seat-of-the-pantser) – evenly split, I think, between planning and letting the characters take me on a ride. Before I started formally writing books (I’ve always been a storyteller and have created a lot of theater in various ways), I always thought that thing of the characters having their own voices was a load of horse poop, but it actually happens for me! I tend to plan out a general structure/plot, which gets tweaked after I write each scene because I do actually hear the characters talking in my head and I’m just taking dictation. They often surprise me and then I adjust the outline from there.

 

Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day? 

I am an audiobook narrator and have been a professional actor on stage and on screen as well as a stage and audiobook director in the past. Telling stories in various formats has been my vocation and this is the newest chapter.

 

 ABOUT K. E. WHITE

K.E. White is the pen name for Karen White (adopted because a bazillion people share this name including an already-established best-selling fiction author). This Karen White is an award-winning audiobook narrator and professional actress who began writing when a magazine editor told her he could tell she had stories inside. She’d been telling tales and creating theater for years, but her first published piece appeared in his magazine, Salt. She also has an essay and poem in Nevertheless, We Persisted from Blunderwoman Productions. This is her first short story.

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Meet Kathryn Burns, Author in Vintage Love Stories

Blunder Woman Productions, with the help of eight talented authors and nine equally talented narrators, has released a remarkable volume of short tales set before the age of the internet and cell phones. Vintage Love Stories features Kathryn’s Burns story, Didn’t It Rain

We were able to chat a bit with Kathryn, and we’d love for you to get to know her, too!  

 Kathryn Burns, Author

Kathryn Burns, Author

What inspired your story?  

When I learned about Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s impact on the world of music, I had to find out more. Once I discovered that she was a bisexual African American badass of a woman, I was feeling so inspired by her legacy, I knew that young women who saw her perform must have felt that fire as well. 

 

What books have most influenced your life?

The books that have most impacted my life are honestly pretty common. Through the Harry Potter series, I discovered that reading doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. Whole communities can form around magical writing. I find it really inspiring to know that people bond over shared passion for stories. 

Another major influence in my life has been Sarah Dessen’s entire collection. She is a master at taking mundane, ordinary human experiences and turning them into the most beautiful, relatable writing. John Green comes to mind as well. I basically consider them the gods of contemporary.

 

What do you love most about the writing process? 

What I love most about the writing process is taking these characters who were just a silhouette in my head and letting their lives unfold and their personalities take shape. They become their own entities once I put words to a page, and nothing can beat that feeling.  

 

What do you hate most about the writing process? 

What I hate most is obvious. There is nothing (and I do mean nothing) worse than writer’s block. Especially as someone who has a day job and little to no free time, it’s awful to finally have a spare minute to write and have my mind go completely blank. 

 

 

ABOUT KATHRYN BURNS

Kathryn Burns is a bipolar, polyamorous, pansexual, cat-collecting novelist, feminist warlord, and wannabe programmer who uses entirely too many descriptors in the hopes that you’ll think she’s too busy and interesting to take two naps a day. You can find her novel, Elsewhere, on Amazon.

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VINTAGE LOVE STORIES is now available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook!

Meet Christina Thompson, Author in Vintage Love Stories

It’s time for another Vintage Love Stories interview, and this time, Blunder Woman Productions is spotlighting Christina Thompson, whose story, Purple Roses is part of this powerful anthology. So, please, settle in and get to know Christina. 

 Christina Thompson, Author

Christina Thompson, Author

What inspired Purple Roses? 

 Joe Roberts and Sylvia Folkert are two of my favorite characters in my series.  I wanted to give them a poignant scene through the remembrance of a lifetime of love and the hint of a new passion with all its possibilities.

Taking place outside the series, “Purple Roses” precedes Chemical Attraction, where they already have a sweet friendship amid Joe’s romance with Sylvia’s niece, Madeline.

Contributing “Purple Roses” to the Vintage Love Storiescollection is a touching tribute to my parents. My father passed away in March after fifty-three years of marriage.  The treasured knickknacks in their home also share their love story.

 

Share 4 fun facts about yourself: 

1) I’m a certified massage therapist and acupuncturist.

2) I’m a Firefly Browncoat and adore Nathan Fillion.

3) I love sci-fi monster movies.

4) I once beat my son, an avid gamer, at Mario Party. It’s a game of chance, but a win’s a win. I won’t let him forget it either.

 

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote, but I didn’t consider myself a writer until my husband pointed it out to me. We were having breakfast at the local diner, and I asked him about a transitioning part in my story. He’s usually a good sounding board. 

This time, he thought I should kill off one of my main characters. When I thought about that character dying, I started to cry. Having fun at my expense, he suggested some malicious ways to do it. Our discussion received some quizzical looks from the patrons around us. Embarrassed by my emotional outburst, I asked him if I was crazy. Putting a pleasant spin on it, he said I had a passion for writing. I realized the more I wrote the more compelled I was to write. He clarified that for me.

 

What books have most influenced your life?

Ted Kaptchuk’s The Web That Has No Weaver expanded the narrow view I had of the Universe. Then, Stephen King’s On Writing changed my mindset for writing with this passage, “When you step away from the ‘write what you know’ rule, research becomes inevitable…remember that you are writing a novel not a research paper. The story comes first.” When I first started writing, my confidence had waivered at the daunting task of procedure and investigation. That changed when I focused back on the characters and storyline.

 

Can you tell us about your current project?

After my father died, I came across letters he had written during the Korean War. The correspondences between my dad and his father gave me insight into that time in his life and in the relationship he had with his own father. I’m typing them up and putting them in order with the plan of sharing the anthology with the rest of my family. 

 

Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you feel like you hold the reins of the story?

In the beginning of a story, I tell my characters what to do. I’m a big planner. As their parent, I guide these children and maneuver them through the scenes. At some point, they grow up. The characters take over and I end up deleting many of my planned scenes and dialog.

I’ve learned to open myself up to those changes and run with it. I’m still surprised how invigorating it is. I mean, where did these new idea come from? It’s magic.

 

Which do you develop first, character or plot?

That’s a “Chicken or Egg” kind of question. In general, I have the characters and plot in mind when I start. Then, the plot fleshes out a deeper understanding of the characters while the characters push for intriguing dimensions of the plot.

 

Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favorite and why?

His charisma hiding his loneliness, Joe Roberts is a womanizer on the surface. Deep down, he’s searching for an instant chemistry with his soulmate, the one person who will love him for his faults not in spite of them. He wonders if he’s selfish? Broken? Cursed? Unlovable?  He starts to lose faith.  However, when he stops searching, something electric happens. 

Joe’s my favorite because I almost lost faith, too.

ABOUT CHRISTINA THOMPSON

As a former holistic practitioner, Christina Thompson now enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions.

She is the author of the romantic thrillers in The Chemical Attraction Series, which include Their Rigid Rules, The Kindred Code, Chemical Attraction, and Chemical Reaction. She has also written the romantic adventures, The Trucker’s Catand The Garden Collection.

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Meet Author Tony Healey Vintage Love Stories

Vintage Love Stories, an original anthology of love stories set before social media and cell phones, was recently published in audio and will be available soon in paperback and ebook. For the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting the authors and narrators who contributed to this lovely project.

First up...

TONY HEALEY

 

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 Vintage Love Stories features Tony Healey’s story, Adele. Adele features: A couple who's been married for decades. A secret shared. And a love that shows the beauty in supporting a partner when they share their authentic self.

What inspired Adele?

I saw a tweet about the new Blunder Woman anthology, and decided to do something for it. I was intrigued by the theme of the collection: love stories set before cell phones and the internet. Instantly I had the central image for the story in my head. I pictured an older couple facing a crisis in their relationship; that of a long-held secret suddenly brought into the light. Instead of portraying young love, I thought it would be interesting to explore the love of a couple in their sixties. When you’ve been together decades, you’ve likely faced an untold number of challenges along the way. Marriage is very much a dance between two people, a game of give and take; pursuit and compromise. If one of you has been concealing a secret self all that time—and that secret is exposed—will the marriage survive, or is it one crisis too far?

I found myself fired-up by the quick turn-around required by the submission guidelines. I had only a few days to put something together. I tend to write a few hours each day. I spent two sessions hammering out the story, then a third session reading through it, rewriting parts, trying to make it flow as well as I could. Then I sent it off to Blunder Woman and hoped for the best. Sometimes, short stories can be hit and miss. They either work or they don’t and because they’re so short, it’s often not worth obsessing about a story that didn’t pan out. As Johnny Cash tells us, you’ve just got to ‘Drive on, it don’t mean nothing.’

I knew as I was writing ‘Adele’ that it worked nicely. I managed to put into words the little mini movie that was playing in my head, and sometimes that’s very hard to do. I didn’t have to ‘Drive on’ with this one because it meant something.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

 Stick with it. Finish what you're working on. Don't listen to too much advice--even if it does come from your future self!

 

Which character in your story would be worst to take on a road trip? Why? 

To be honest, none of them. I was quite fond of them all!

 

What books have most influenced your life?

I would say THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, because it showed me that a murder mystery/thriller could be a bona fide work of literature; THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA which offered a multi-layered world with a strong mythology; IT by Stephen King, for being revelatory when it came to structure, and for really making us care about the cast of characters, and the evil they face; THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova, which really blew my mind by taking what was possible with a historical novel and stretching it in ways I'd have never thought possible; THE SHINING GIRLS, a masterclass in juggling different timelines, and truly delivering a satisfaction sucker-punch of an ending; LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson, which just left me dumbfounded. The sheer audacity of that book, to do what it did . . . I could've kept on reading that book forever. As you can tell, I could probably go on. Every novel I've read that has moved me, or inspired me, has had a huge effect on my life. Some of them in way I probably don't yet realise. And isn't that the true power of fiction? 

 

Can you tell us about your current project(s)?

As of this writing (August, 2018), I have a novel out on submission (meaning, my agent has sent it out to publishers to be read), and I have another cooling off in my hard drive. I'll probably do a rewrite on that at the end of the year. Sometimes it's good to let a project rest, and attack it with fresh eyes. At the moment, I'm alternating between a work of fiction, and notes for an audio-only project.

 

How do you develop your plots and characters? 

Many years ago, I read an excellent book by Robert McKee called STORY and I encourage every writer to own a copy. It's like my bible. Whenever I get stuck on something, or need some inspiration, I can open that book and turn to any section, and BOOM! There it is. Other than that, I think you just get a sense of how to plot as you learn to write. Watching a shit tonne of movies doesn't hurt, either.

 

Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you feel like you hold the reins of the story?

I'm always in control of the overarching plot, but the characters usually take over when it comes to the content of scenes and/or chapters. That said, sometimes what these buggers do de-rails my carefully laid plans, and I have to alter the ending to accommodate them. 

 

Would you call your main character to hang out? Why or why not?

Sure, why not? After reading the story, I'd like to think readers will want to become friends with Adele.

 

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

My harshest critic is always my friend, and mentor, Bernard Schaffer. He pulls no punches, and doesn't mince his words when he reads my word and gives me a critique. But, 1. It's always coming from the right place, and 2. He's usually right about what he calls me out on. 

 

What has been the best compliment you've received about your writing?

Readers who really responded to the character of Ida in the Harper and Lane books (HOPE'S PEAK and STORM'S EDGE -- published by Thomas and Mercer) let me know about it, too. That meant a lot to me, because I tried my hardest to make her special, and unique. I'd like to do a solo novel some day, featuring Ida. Of all my creations, I think I'm proud of her the most because she resonates with readers.

 

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers?

When Mark Edwards compared HOPE'S PEAK to True Detective and Stephen King, my day was made because those were precisely the influences I was channelling when I wrote it.

 

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents? If so, what are they? 

I am an excellent cook. I also dabble in art and cover design. Nothing worse than a shoddy book cover!

 

What do you love most about the writing process?

All of it. Even the tough stuff. Being able to create satisfies me.

 

What do you hate most about the writing process? 

That I'm not faster, that I can't get onto paper all the plots and stories I have in my head. It's a case of my fingers not being able to keep up with my brain.

 

Of all the characters you've created, which is your favorite and why?

Again, Ida. She's never far from my mind when it comes to writing a solo story featuring her.

 

Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day? 

I work in retail, and have for about 15 years.

 

Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?

Hopefully I've quit the day job, and can write full-time. I'd like to be turning out at least 3 novels a year, if that happens.

 

What character in your story are you most likely to get along with?

All of 'em. I think readers of 'ADELE' will feel the same way, too.

 

What would the main character in your story have to say about you?

I think they'll be pretty shocked that I'm not lined-up for the Man Booker Prize, to be honest . . . . . . . . . (joking)

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Tony Healeyis the bestselling author of Hope’s Peak, the first book in his Harper and Lane series. It was the 17th bestselling novel of 2016 on Amazon and had over a quarter of a million readers. The sequel, Storm’s Edge, released the 10th October, 2017. Both are published by Thomas and Mercer.


Tony’s fiction has appeared alongside such award-winning authors as Alan Dean Foster and Harlan Ellison. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Sussex, England, and is at work on his next novel. He is represented by his agent Sharon Pelletier, of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management, New York.

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Stay tuned to hear more from Carol Monda, the narrator of ADELE, coming soon in a future post.