Hi, folks! Today, we’re hosting a quick Q&A with Colette McCormick, the author of Things I Should Have Said and Done. Click here to check out Colette’s books on Amazon, or read on to find out more about her work.
Hi, Colette! Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your work.
Hi! I’m originally from Sheffield but have lived in the North East for over thirty years. My day job is as a retail manager for one of the nation’s leading charities but my real love is writing. I have had a go at writing most things from poetry to picture books but I have had most success with novels. I think my books could best be described as ‘contempory women’s fiction.’
Which gives you more satisfaction – to write a first draft, or to finish the last round of editing?
It has to be the last round of editing for me. The first draft is a bit like getting all of your ingredients ready and the editing is when I put the meal together.
What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas from?
That’s a hard one to nail down because my ideas can come from anywhere. The sparks that started my first book and the one that is due out in February 2018 were both random conversations and the original idea for the book I am writing at the moment came from something I read in a newspaper.
Pick a random piece of writing that you worked on ages ago and that never saw the light of day. Now tell us about it!
About ten years ago I wrote a short story about a police constable set in Durham City. The plan was that it would be part of a series but on reflection I couldn’t see a market for it so it’s still sitting in a folder on my computer. I really like the character so who knows? Maybe one day.
Do you have a writing routine? If so, can you tell us about it?
I do but it’s not a great routine. I work full time and tend to do most of my writing at about ten o’clock at night. I prefer to write in long hand with my pink fountain pen but more often than not it’s on a laptop. I’m not much of a planner and usually let my heart move things along. I imagine the situation and write what I see in my head.
What was the last book that you read and what did you think of it?
The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell and I loved it. The sub plot was that the hero was about to start treatment for cancer and Mankell mentioned this a lot which conveyed, in a very subtle way, that when faced with something like that it’s constantly there at the back of your mind. Very clever.
Who are some of your favourite unsigned and indie authors?
I honestly don’t have any favourite authors. I read all sorts of things by lots of different people.
What’s the best bit of writing advice that you’ve ever received?
“Don’t give up.” – Catrin Collier. Over the years I’ve almost given up many times but in the end I’m glad I didn’t forget her wise words.
What’s it like working with Accent Press? Tell us a little bit about your journey together.
The first thing I ever had published was a short story in the anthology Sexy Shorts for the Beach, which was published by Accent Press in 2006 – so I’ve felt like part of the family for a long time. Since then I’ve had stories in a few more Accent anthologies, so I was really happy when they offered me a three book deal.
How do you get the word out about your work?
Social media mainly, but also word of mouth. I’ll talk to anyone who will listen. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk to you.
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