SPOTLIGHT ON… DAISY JAMES
So VERY excited to be welcoming the very lovely Daisy James author of five amazing titles, but more recently known for the delights that are THERES SOMETHING ABOUT CORNWALL and even more recently SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN…
Hi Daisy thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions…
Thanks ever so much for inviting me as a guest on your blog. I’m excited to be here because I’ve recently had the cover reveal for my new book – Sunshine After the Rain!
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself in your own words?
I write romantic comedy and so far I’ve written six books. My first book – The Runaway Bridesmaid – was published two years ago and is partly set in New York. I loved doing the research! Apart from writing, I love travelling – in real life and virtually! So when I set my last book in Cornwall I couldn’t wait to get stuck into the research of all the wonderful artisan food and drink the county has to offer. I was amazed to find out that tea is grown there, as well as grapes for sparkling wine. I also spoke to a great guy called Tarquin who makes Cornish pastis and is so proud of his product he puts his name on every bottle! I’ve just finished writing my Christmas book – it was a little strange listening to Christmas songs in May! Not to mention sampling a batch of home-made mince pies!
How would you describe your writing style and was it easy to find your ‘ voice’ when writing?
Finding your writer’s ‘voice’ is difficult at first and I made many changes when I was writing my first book. I would describe my style as informal and friendly as that what my stories seem to demand. I want readers to be able to identify with my main characters, feel their anguish, share their achievements and celebrate their successes.
Can you name three of your favourite reads and what it was that you loved about them?
One of my favourite genres is travel memoirs/autobiographies. I loved Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart and Snowball Oranges by Peter Kerr – what great titles! I also enjoyed reading a book called Tuk-Tuk to the Road by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent which is about two girls driving a bright pink tuk-tuk from Thailand all the way home to London – amazing achievement! I’m currently reading Free Country by George Mahood which follows his epic journey on foot from Land’s End to John O’Groats with no money at all. The story really reinforces how generous the people of this country can be.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories and characters?
Inspiration can come from anywhere – a day trip to the beach, an overheard conversation in a cafe, a story in a newspaper, the queue for the cinema. I spend a lot of time building up my characters, though. What I like to do is interview them, find out their histories, their likes and dislikes, their hobbies, their dreams. That way, by the time I sit down to write, I know them really well.
Do you have a favourite place to write?
Lol, funny you should ask that, Lucie. I love to write in my peppermint-and-cream writer’s retreat – otherwise known as the garden shed! It’s been too cold recently, so I’ve decamped to the kitchen table – but it’s like Grand Central Station here! I’m looking forward to warmer weather so I can get some peace and quiet.
Tea or coffee?
I’m definitely a tea drinker – I think I must drink about ten cups a day! I love Earl Grey, Chamomile as well as fruit teas. There’s fabulous cafe on our local High Street that specialises in different teas and last week I tried a liquorice teas – an acquired taste, but I enjoyed it.
Sweet or savoury?
Mmm, now that’s a difficult one. I think I’ll have to go with sweet because I absolutely love baking and eating the end product. I’ve just finished baking a lemon drizzle cake and can’t wait to cut myself a large slice!
What are your top three tips for aspiring writers?
When I was starting out, a writer friend was kind enough to give me the benefit of her advice. Read lots, write lots and persevere. Unless you are incredibly lucky, there’s going to be rejection to deal with and that is hard when you’ve spent months, if not years, writing a story. So, just like everything in life, if you receive a rejections slip, you have to dust yourself down and keep persevering.
What is your favourite part of writing, and is their any aspect that you struggle with?
My favourite part has to be the day of publication! The excitement of seeing your book out there is amazing. The bit I struggle with is definitely the characters names! I spend ages on getting them right – I ask friends for suggestions, I watch the credits of TV shows, I’ve even run competitions to name a character! Getting a person’s name right is so important to me as I think it speaks volumes of who that person is.
And finally, are you working on a new project? If so can you tell us anything about it?
I’ve just handed in my Christmas book to my editor, so yes, I’m starting a brand new project this week. I’ve got the outline of an idea which I’m really looking forward to researching. But first I’ve got to think of a name for my main character. Any ideas? Suggestions welcome in the comments box below!!
Amazing answers thank you so much for taking part Daisy… xxx
If you fancy curling up with a little piece if escapism follow the link below to Daisy’s Amazon page where you can read up on all her titles and order a cheeky little digital download- ENJOY!!