I’m Eden, an author of women’s humorous fiction, a blogger about writing, publishing, and being fabulous despite mental ill health. I’m also a mentor and support writers who want to see their own book become a reality with my ‘Out of Your Head and Onto The Page programme’. I live in London with 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 husband and no children.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
As soon as I learnt to read, and realised that there were people out there who made up these stories and I could be one of them.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It takes about a year, because I’m always making notes of any snippets that I think might be useful at some point; the ideas are always in my computer waiting for me. So, from there, all I have to is turn these few sentences into a draft, then another draft, which grows into a story, and then gets edited, edited again, visits my editor for a tidy up, gets its final edits, and – hey presto just nine short months later it’s a book!
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I am not very good with routine, so what I do rather than try and make myself be organised when I’m not; is note in my planner when I need to send my final edits to my publisher, and I work back from there. That makes it easy to see when it’s time to start first edits, right the way through to final edits that go to my editor, and there is usually an eight week window for any adjustments that she suggests.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Oh my goodness, whatever the weather I like to find somewhere quiet in the forest and write in my car; naturally a flask of coffee and a packed lunch are essential.
What is your advice to new writers?
Do not expect to be able to write a great first line, or a great anything without lots of editing and rewrites. It has been said that you need to do something for 10,000 hours to become expert in it, and that includes writing. Get those fingers on the keyboard or your pen on the paper and use your words.
A link to your books on Amazon/Kobo as well as a profile picture of yourself.
Both my books Down With Frogs and Laughing at Myself are available worldwide in paperback and eBook from my publisher Lulu, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, ibooks, and many more.
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