Hi Glynis, thank you for letting me visit your blog, I’m really excited to be here. I even bought new shoes for the occasion!
Lol, you and shoes! It’s catching, I saw a pair you purchased and shared on Facebook. I browsed link, and found a pair for myself!
What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
Currently, I write romantic suspense with a twist, as well as fantasy. Both are completely different! At the moment I am working on a series entitled Mortiswood Tales which begins with the book I’ve recently released called Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening. It’s my first fantasy novel and I really enjoyed writing it. I wanted to create a story with hints of myths, fantasy and mild horror, and of course, romance. I’ve also written short stories which are a collection of all of the above.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
No, I like to absorb myself in a story. I’m a bit obsessive when I’m in the initial creative stage and go to bed dreaming of the story, then wake up thinking about it.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I have never joined a writing group. I like to sit at my desk, in silence – well, apart from the dog – and not share my writing until I feel I have more or less polished it.
Can you remember your first reading book?
I can’t but I did enjoy The Adventures of Tim by Edward Ardizzone when I was very young. My dad would read to me and I loved it when he put on different voices for the characters. I’m sure he remembers this particular book well, although maybe not as fondly as me due to the amount of times I made him read it, and forced him to listen to me reading it! It has the loveliest illustrations. I’ve always had a lot of books, even as a child. I would have been disappointed at my birthdays and Christmas times if books weren’t part of my presents! Luckily my parents knew I adored reading and would sometimes buy ten books as a present. Shopping time with my mum (for food) always involved a trip to a small bookstore where she would let me choose a new book. As we went shopping every week, it added up to a lot of books!
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
I try not to, although I like mints and sweets – anything that is easy to eat with one hand so I can still type!
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
It is fairly tidy. I use whiteboards for making notes on and stack them up at the end of the day. My desk is at the back of the lounge, looking through the conservatory to the back garden, so I can’t let it become too cluttered as it is on show! I recently covered my entire desk with decoupage – pictures cut out from magazines of fashion, shoes, as well as actors I admire either for them or the character they have played. It was plain before but I love it now, especially as I have covered the top with a sheet of acrylic so it is shiny and protects the pictures. I don’t have a traditional pen-pot but a pink, plastic sundae glass in the shape of a waffle cone. My lamp is also pink and I’ve covered my desk chair with a pinky/purple leopard print beach towel that I sewed to cover the entire front of the chair.
I LOVE YOUR DESK! We share a love of craft. I received some lovely beaded creations from you, thanks.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I am self published, although I have had short stories and poetry published in anthologies. I started out self-publishing in 2012 with my first novel and just carried on. It is hard work and has been a steep curve in learning how to format an ebook, a Kindle version, as well as a paperback. I particularly enjoy creating covers, although it is time consuming, and my latest novel has the most complex cover I have created so far.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
I find it hard to pick three as I enjoy so many different authors work! I like finding new authors to read but one book I have read many, many times is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. As a child I devoured heaps of books by Enid Blyton, then as a teen – masses of mild horror books: Point Horror books and tales by authors such as Christopher Pike.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
When working on my own manuscript I do check through it and make alterations over and over. I also like to read the story out loud to myself – I find it easier to spot any errors this way.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
Oh, now that is a difficult question! Wouldn’t that be wonderful?! For ‘Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening’ I’d pick Alexander Skarsgard as Bran the Necromancer, although he’d need a hair colour change, Max Irons as Calix the potion maker, and for the main female character Kaelia – Jennifer Lawrence, she’s wonderful, yet would also need a hair colour change!
About The Author:
Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast on the north-eastern tip of Kent with her family and playful Siberian husky. She is a full-time author and also a columnist for her local newspaper, Isle of Thanet Gazette. She writes romantic suspense with a twist, horror, and fantasy because her characters refuse to play nice and wind up with more than a few bone-rattling skeletons in their closets.
Having been an avid reader and story-scribbler from an early age, Gina loves being fortunate enough to fill her days writing. When she’s not writing, she likes to amble along one of the many gorgeous Thanet beaches with her pooch, or rummage in vintage shops for even more weird things to adorn her house, and surprise visitors, with.