I will be doing a regular interview slot in the lead up to the book signing which is being held on Saturday 4th February in Telford. The first author is rather aptly the event organiser C A Bell who gives us a wonderful insight into her life and writing.
- Can we start with your name and where you’re from?
A.Bell, originally from a lovely little town just outside of London, but now residing in the much more rural county of Shropshire.
- Most authors love reading, is this true for you and if so who was/is your inspiration?
To be honest I’m not a BIG reader. I don’t get a lot of time to myself, so when I eventually do, I want to write instead of read. I have been inspired by lots of authors, though – Sylvia Day, Stephen King, Portia Da Costa, Saskia Walker. There’s lots more.
- What genre do you write in or do you cross over into many?
I write erotica and all the wonderful sub-genres that come with it. I first started writing erotic romance, then went down the f/f road before trying my hand at paranormal. I’d like to cover it all one day.
- If you could take any character from someone else’s book and make him/her your own creation who would it be and why?
Ooo, tough one. I’d probably take Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day’s crossfire series. Purely because I have a huge crush on him.
- When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seven years ago. And that was The Architect. Which coincidently was my first ever publication J
- Do you plan every inch of your books or do you just let the words flow?
I plan at the start but it never ends how I planned. Ever! The characters evolve as I write and end up taking me down routes I never saw coming.
- Who is your favourite character and why? (your own character)
Another tough one… I’m probably going to have to go with Ruth Watson (my first female lead from The Architect) just because she was the first character I connected with and had fun writing. She’s classy, naughty, childish, and fun.
- Was there an event in your life that triggered a particular book, or even a scene in a book? If so what was the book and what was the event?
Yes, a break up inspired me to write The Architect. I found the love of my life but unfortunately we had to go our separate ways. Then I found myself wanting to live my life out with him in some way, and that’s when I first started writing. Little fact – That love of my life is now my husband J
- Are you working on anything at the moment? If so can you share any tasty morsels?
I am always working on something. I can’t give anything away, but what I will say is it’s nasty, gritty, sexy, and is sure to pack one hell of a punch.
- What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out?
Never give up. Don’t let bad reviews or rejections put you off. Keep at it.
- What do you do when you’re not writing?
Run around after a two-and-a-half-year-old, a twelve-year-old, and a fifteen-year-old. Not to mention the husband 😉
- What is the hardest part of the whole writing, editing, marketing process for you? Marketing, definitely. I love the writing part and the editing is even better, but the marketing is so hard. With tons of other authors out there in the same genre, it’s hard to been seen in the crowd or get help without paying through the nose.
- We all have those friends or family members who make sweeping statements about our writing or the process, which is your particular bug bear?
That I write, ‘mummy-porn.’ That REALLY bugs me! I’d like to go into a rant here, but I won’t.
- What is your idea of happiness?
Just having the people I love around me and happy.
- For this one I want you to showcase your creativity by painting me a picture, with words, of your ideal setting to write in.
The room is quiet with only the soft sounds of a saxophone from my stereo across the room filling the air. The lights are low, and the candles either side of my computer flicker softly. The room is warm from the gentle fire crackling in the corner, and my tea is steaming, just waiting for me to dunk a digestive in it, lol. I was doing so well until the biscuit wasn’t I?
- What makes you laugh/cry?
- You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take three men/women who would they be and why? This can be practical or purely sexual in nature.
My husband, Ryan Reynolds, and Nigella Lawson. My hubby because I couldn’t live without him. Ryan for the eye candy and manual labour (sorry hubby), and Nigella for the cooking.
- What is your most annoying habit?
My crazy OCD of having to switch all lights on and off before going to bed. It drives me crazy, but if I don’t do it, I feel uneven, lol. Weird, I know.
- Please tell me about your books?
My books are always of the erotic nature, so if you ever see my name, you know what you are getting. My books aren’t just pure filth. They always have a story behind them, they are always real, and they are always sexy.
- Lightning round
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Cash or credit? Cash
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Beach or Mountain? Beach
Summer or Winter? Both
Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
Early riser or late riser? Early
Morning or Night? Night
Christmas Tree – real or fake? Real
Sex – Lights on or off? Candles
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions.
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