1.What got you into writing? I started writing soon after the birth of my first son, when my mother-in-law convinced me to read my first romance. I was hooked on the genre, and soon had several plots busily working themselves out in my head all vying for my attention!
My first novel was published in June last year.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you? With four young children, there is no usual writing day for me! I fit my writing in whenever I can, often in the evenings. I can often be found scribbling away madly as I wait for one of my boys to finish Judo or Cubs! I’ve learnt to always have a pad and pen with me.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I don’t get writers’ block, but I think that’s possibly because I usually have several projects that I’m working on at once, so I tend to pick whichever one I’m most interested in at the time to work on.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? I do try to carefully plan my writing. However, things generally go a bit array when I get carried away and write my favourite scenes all at once and then sort of fill in the blanks! Unfortunately this means that the editing process is long and laborous – a labour of love as it were, but more than worth it when everything all comes together!
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advice to aspiring authors? I published my novel using Amazon’s KDP and Createspace services. I loved having complete control over my work and discovering the ins and outs of each stage of the publishing process. My beautiful cover was designed by my clever husband whilst I was out one afternoon! My advice for aspiring authors is to believe in yourself and just keep writing whenever you can. Don’t wait for someone to give you your ‘big break’, if it isn’t happening see what you can make happen yourself!
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? First holding a paperback edition of my debut novel was a pretty special experience, that’s when it all suddenly became real!
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. My book is called ‘The Green Hills of Home’ – it’s a very traditional love story about a young Welsh writer called Gwen Jones. Gwen is desperate to save the family farmhouse from being sold from under her critically ill mother and herself. When she lands a lucrative three-book deal with an eminent publisher, she thinks her problems are all over. However, Gwen’s need to be near her sick mother means she’s unable to travel to London to work with her devilishly desirable editor, John Thatcher, and he must come and stay with her in Wales. Handsome and eminently capable, cosmopolitan John is used to getting his own way and has plans for the future which certainly don’t include being distracted by pretty Welsh girls; nevertheless when he journeys into the country to work with Gwen it’s not long before he finds himself falling in love with her, as well as the house she’s so anxious to save. But is John capable of loving anyone as much as his job? And when he has to decide between his goals and Gwen, which will he choose?
8.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? A fair bit of my free time is taken up with reading and reviewing for my website http://www.bookwormink.co.uk. I also love watching films and I knit and am learning to quilt (it’s not going well!). I’m a feeder and love to bake, my speciality is my chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache – it’s pretty good!
9.If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why? Hmmmmmm, probably Kate Middleton, mainly so I could experience having hair that swishy!
10.Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers? Thank you so much to everyone who’s bought my book, and especially those who’ve taken the time to write such lovely reviews on Amazon and Goodreads – they really do make a difference. Emma grew up and lived in London, before falling in love and moving to Wales to be with her own hero. Emma now lives with her husband, children, and many animals in a small Welsh market town.The beautiful landscape around her home gave her the inspiration for ‘The Green Hills of Home’. Her second novel, ‘The Spaniard’s Secret Daughter’, will be available mid 2014. Emma likes (in no particular order): cake, books, Cary Grant films, prosecco, chocolate, guinea pigs, knitting, quilting and happily ever afters!
Website: http://www.emma-bennet.co.uk Twitter: @romanceemma Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/emmabennetwriter Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Green-Hills-Home-Emma-Bennet/dp/1490526560