Thursday, 2 January 2014

Q & A with Miranda Dickinson

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I had to wait a little longer to surprise you guys with this, but here it is: Miranda Dickinson agreed on a Q&A for the blog and I couldn't be happier. I read It Started With a Kiss in December and I really enjoyed it. Miranda is a great writer and so I asked her for an interview, thank you so much for answering all the question Miranda, you're a star. Well, since I sent prepared the questions before Christmas I also included some christmassy questions, I know they don't fit anymore, but I still left them in there ;).

Miranda Dickinson is the Sunday Times Bestselling Author of five novels: Fairytale of New York, Welcome to My World, It Started With a Kiss, When I Fall in Love and Take A Look At Me Now. You can follow her on Twitter @wurdsmyth, on facebook at @MirandaDickinsonAuthor and follow her video blogs at:


1. Did you always want to be a writer?

I’ve always had stories in my head and when I was five I remember asking my mum if she thought one day I would write a story that would make it to the shelves of my local library. It started there and has really always been with me. I think writers are born, not made, and it’s all about when you discover a love of creating stories – for some it’s early in life, for others not until they are adults.

       2. Love your idea of It Started with a Kiss. What was the inspiration for it?

      I’m fascinated by ‘what-if’ moments: what twists and turns your life might have taken had you reacted to a situation in a different way. For Romily she doesn’t just wonder what would have happened if she pursued the stranger who kissed her at Christmas – she actually spends a year searching for him! Many of my books are about possibilities and what happens when we are brave enough to pursue the opportunities life throws at us. What would happen? What would change? That was the start of the idea for It Started With a Kiss.

      3. The covers of your novels are amazing. How do they get developed?

      The designers are commissioned by my publisher and they work with the details given in the story to create the covers. Sometimes I have a say in how the finished cover will look and I generally see it before it goes to print.

     4. Where do you write your books?

      I moved two years ago to a house with a spare bedroom that I’ve made into a small office, but before that I wrote on a two-seater sofa bed in a one-bedroom apartment I rented. It Started With a Kiss was a sofa book!

5. Who’s your favourite author and why?

There are a lot of authors I admire, but my all-time favourite author of romantic fiction is Sarah Addison Allen because she captures a sense of magic and other-worldliness in every story she writes. For comedy writing I love anything by Sir Terry Pratchett – he’s a genius.

6. How do you develop the personalities of your main characters?

They arrive in different ways. I usually begin with a character I would like to get to know – I think it’s important that as a reader you have a main character you can identify with. More often than not, it’s then a case of feeling your way with the character: thinking about how they would react to different challenges and situations and finding out what makes them tick. It becomes something you feel as you write, so certain things will feel right to have your characters do.

7. In It Started with a Kiss you wrote a name of a song under each chapter (I think that’s great). How did you come up with it?

It’s actually a bit of a joke because my publisher loves song titles for my books. As a tongue-in-cheek nod to this, I decided to make Romily the singer in a wedding band and every chapter was therefore a song in the band’s set-list. That’s why there is a ‘set-list’ page instead of a contents page in the book!

8. What’s the best book you read this year?

I adored The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, which made me laugh, cry and completely fall in love with the characters. I also adored The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom, which was stunningly written.

9. What’s the best experience you’ve had as a writer/in your writing career?

There are so many! I’ve been very lucky as a writer. I think my proudest moment was receiving letters from readers who have been inspired by my books. For years I didn’t think anyone would ever read my stories, so it is the ultimate privilege to meet people around the world who feel a connection to my characters. Also, in a weird way, 2013 was a year when my writing career was put to the ultimate test and I almost quit. I’m so grateful that happened because it made me realise why I love writing – without that I’m not sure there would have been any more books.

10. Any word of advice for aspiring writers?

WRITE! Don’t worry about anything but creating the stories that thrill you the most. Write for you; write what’s burning on your heart; write even if you’re the only person who ever gets to read it. Challenge yourself and always remember to have fun. If you don’t love what you do, you won’t survive as a writer. Publishing contracts and market demands and agents etc are all someone else’s concern. Do what you were born to do: write stories and love what you write.

11. Coffee or tea? I love both, but coffee when I’m writing is best.
12. Paperback or e-reader? E-readers are cool but paperbacks will always be magical!
13. Mountains or the sea? Again, both: but I am most inspired by the sea.
14. Summer or winter? Winter – especially if it snows!
15. Sweet or salty? Sweet – just like me, ha ha!

Some Christmassy questions as well:

*     What’s your favourite Christmas memory?

Lying under the Christmas tree as a little girl, staring up at the lights.

*     Do you have a special Christmas tradition?

I go to Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon every year with my best friend Helen to do my Christmas shopping. It’s a magical place!

*     What’s your favourite Christmas song?

White Christmas by Bing Crosby.

*     What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

The Muppets Christmas Carol – it’s a must every Christmas Eve.

*     Who would you want to meet under mistletoe?

My husband, Bob.

Thank you Miranda :) xxx
Can't wait to read your other books, now that they are finally in my book shelf.

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