Today we have a Q&A with K.L. Loveley. This Q&A is part of a blog tour for K.L. Loveley’s book Love, Secrets and Absolution.
So without further ado, lets jump in…
Where and when can we buy your book?
Love, Secrets, and Absolution is available via Amazon from November 1st.
Give us an insight into your main character?
The main character of Alfie is adorable and complex on a number of levels. He sees the world differently from his peers and at times suffers the consequences of this. This is a story of his coming of age and the difficulties, he encounters along his own personal journey.
Was there a particular moment or smell that sparked your idea for this book?
There was no defining moment for me. It was a germ of an idea that grew, alongside my desire to write fictional stories about real life gritty situations.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character/s from this book?
Throughout the story we see the character of Alfie grow and develop from a baby to a teenager. Love, Secrets and Absolution’ is a coming of age story. The teenage Alfie I would like to see played by Nico Mirallegro, a young actor who played a Goth in the TV drama, Killed for being different.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always written since I was able to put pen to paper. As a child I wrote short stories, kept a diary and later a journal. In terms of becoming a published writer, this was always my dream. I guess, in answer to your question, nature decided that I was to become a writer. It is in my blood.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Once again, I can honestly say that there was no trigger for me to sit down and write. For some reason, I felt driven to do so.
Do you have a special time or place where you like to write?
This is an easy question for me. My husband and I own a narrowboat. This is my special place to write. The best time of day is when the natural light shines through the windows, which is usually anytime until late afternoon, depending on the time of year.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No, not at all. I write as much or as little as time allows or for as long as my inspiration continues to flow.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I always write directly on my laptop, using Microsoft Word.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from a variety of sources. For example: a current public health concern, such as an increase in children’s mental health conditions or a reported change in women’s drinking habits. In addition, I might read an article in a newspaper or magazine that inspires me to fictionalise a topic that may be of interest to readers.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
Generally, I have a rough outline in my head. As the characters within the story develop, so does the plot. Sometimes, I surprise myself and develop a subplot that enables me to expand the story, which hopefully, the readers will find interesting.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Some would say that it is the isolation of working alone. However, for me this is not the case. What I find hard, is ensuring that my husband does not get too lonely while I am frantically typing away at my keyboard.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
These days I would say that the use of the keyboard has made writing easy, along with spell check and Grammarly as virtual assistants. Goodness knows, what it was like, to write everything free hand.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Not yet, thank goodness.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Having not experienced it, I am not in a position to advise. However, should this occur, I guess that I would take a short break from writing, do a spot of travelling and try to find inspiration from life in general.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I am currently reading The Mistake written by another Nottingham author. K L Slater.
What’s your views on social media for marketing?
Social media has opened up a whole host of opportunities that were otherwise not available in terms of marketing. In a nutshell, I think that used correctly, social media is amazing.
How do you relax?
Reading, sewing, swimming and socializing with family and friends. I also enjoy watching a good drama on TV and going to the cinema.
What is your favourite book and why?
Anna Karenina, written by Leo Tolstoy. It is so profound and well written. A sentimental tragedy full of love, passion and drama.
Which writers inspire you?
There are many wonderful authors, both male and female. However, when asked to name an author who I truly admire, I turn to history and nominate Jane Austin, who died at the early age of forty-one in the year 1817.
By today’s standards, such a short life and yet, her writing suggests a life well lived, in terms of the experience she poured into her books.
As a woman, dependent first on her father and then her brothers in terms of her financial security, there is no doubt, that her writing was, both a means of escapism and a desire to provide her own income. Considering that she was the daughter of a clergyman, I am in awe of the width and sophistication of her observations. I would imagine that Jane was exposed to a limited amount of acquaintances, bearing in mind the limitations of her social circle. Despite this and other variables, she created such interesting characters, who to my mind, are as interesting today as the time they were written
What is your favourite quote?
To thine own self-be true’. Polonius in Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare.
What is your favourite film and why?
There are so many good films to choose from, however for some reason the one that constantly springs to mind is, The Shawshank Redemption. A 1994 American drama film, written and directed by Frank Darabont. The reason I love this film, is linked to the word ‘redemption’.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
The truth is, if only I knew back then, what I know now would I have done things any differently? I have no regrets; therefore, my advice would simply be. “Don’t worry about a thing, because every little thing will be alright”. Lyrics from Three Little Birds, written by Bob Marley.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Our Queen Elizabeth, so I could congratulate her on a job well done.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austin. Because it is a great classic and timeless.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up trying.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Just a huge Thank you.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Website: http://www.klloveley.com Twitter: @K_L_Loveley Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/klloveley/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16289732.K_L_Loveley Google + https://plus.google.com/102442535506497572378 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/k-l-loveley-439296136
Well that’s it from me. I hope you guys enjoyed today’s Q&A. Dont forget to check out Love, Secrets and Absolution by K.L. Loveley.
Until next time…