Lindsey Kelk is a British writer and used to be a children’s book editor. When she isn’t writing, reading, listening to music or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes to wear shoes, shop for shoes and judge the shoes of others. She loves living in New York but misses Sherbert Fountains, London and drinking Gin & Elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that order.
1.What got you into writing? I’ve always written stories, even from being very young so there wasn’t really a time when I wasn’t writing. I started writing my books when I was 26, just generally bored with life and desperate for a change – writing was my escape. Happily, other people seemed to like it too and I’ve been writing full time for four years now.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you? My days are so different, all the time, it’s hard to say. When I’m working on a book, I find I get the best work done in the evening so I’ll get all my chores out of the way in the daytime, go to the gym, laundry, shopping, that sort of thing, and settle down to write for a couple of hours at around seven or eight. As I get closer to deadline, I write for longer, starting earlier and working into the night.
When I’m not on deadline, my life has very little routine. I travel a lot and watch way too much TV. The only thing that’s pretty much guaranteed is that I’ll be online at some point!
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I do but I try not to let it get under my skin. If I’m on deadline, I try to write through it and eventually something useful will come out. If I’ve got more time, I might take a day off and try not to think about the book at all. Eventually a solution presents itself.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? Nope. I have a vague idea of the beginning and end but I usually only know what’s happening for the next couple of chapters. It can be really scary but if I overplan, it just doesn’t work.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advice to aspiring authors? Same as anyone else. The main thing is to have patience and persevere – the publishing process is not a fast or easy one. I signed my first deal in spring 2008 and the book didn’t come out until summer 2009.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? There have been so many. I love doing events because I get to meet so many awesome people. I’ve also met so many great people through social media, readers and other writers, people who have become genuine friends and supports in my life. Publishing the books have given me a million opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise, I’ve written for magazines, I’ve traveled everywhere and more importantly, I get to do something I love and share stories that make people happy all over the world. Pretty awesome.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? My next book is going to be called What a Girl Wants and publishes in July 2014.
8.If you could be a superhero, what powers would you possess? Ooh, good one. I think teleportation. I love to travel but I’m totally over airports.
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? That’s SO HARD. I’m really not sure, I really like my life. that said, I wouldn’t mind being Michael Fassbender for five minutes, if only to put my number in his phone…
10.Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers? YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. Sorry I talk so much nonsense on Twitter.
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