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India knew from age nine that
writing would be her passion. Since then she’s discovered many more, but none
quite so fulfilling as creating a world, a character, or a moment and watching
them evolve into something complex and compelling. She has lived in three
countries and four American states, is a dual British and American citizen, and
currently lives at the base of the Scottish Highlands in a village so small, its
main attraction is a red phone box. In other words: paradise.
fast action, scary killers, fantasy worlds, and a dash of romance. Maybe
even all four at once.
6, I wrote scripts and put on puppet shows for my family. When I was about 8 or
9, I graduated to short stories and didn’t stop until I began my first novel at
19. I can’t imagine *not* writing.
stranger on the street or the extra on a TV show that doesn’t have any lines. I
see people and I wonder what their story is, how they got there, who they love,
what secrets they have.
with a friend will creep into the mix.
I lived in Japan, I was only 19, and it gave me an appreciation for how
different other people’s cultures and experiences are in other places. When I
lived in California, I realised how much I love the sea. Each new city has
shaped me somehow, but Scotland will always be the home of my heart.
beginning, it was a big adjustment. Everything was just different enough to be
discombobulating, and it took me a couple of years before I could understand the
varying accents enough to feel comfortable on the phone. But despite those
things, no place feels as good to me as being here.
different. I’d say with every one of my books, I had moments of inspiration that
got me through long days of hard work.
or a plan. I wrote and wrote and then rewrote and rewrote. That book won’t ever
see the light of day as far as being published, but there are elements of it
that I hope to incorporate into future stories.
Writing is such a wonderful process, despite being hard work, that I never felt
the need to buy myself anything or do anything to celebrate. The real reward
comes in the positive reviews and the letters from readers.
every writer to do. Being exposed to new ideas, techniques, and genre helps us
keep fresh. I don’t read while I’m writing a draft though, because I don’t want
another author’s style to creep into my own.
thrillers, crime/detective stories, sci-fi, spy novels, some romance/chick lit.
The only type of book I rarely pick up are historicals and westerns, but I’ve
even found a few of them that I enjoyed. I like to read pieces outside my normal
reading range sometimes to try something new.
coffee and type away. But honestly, I could write just about anywhere. Once I
get into the story, it wouldn’t matter where I was or what was going on around
things. I try to make sure I spend time doing things that are completely
unrelated to writing and publishing regularly, just to keep my mind
no demands, schedules, restrictions or mobile phones! But if I had to pick
someone outside my normal circle, my secret wish would be to spend a day with
one (or more) of my characters. They seem so real to me, and it would be amazing
to get the full ‘holodeck’ experience with them, to talk and interact.
Geneva, Madrid, Cairo, Rome. I enjoy the scenic and quiet places as much as the
larger cities (sometimes more!), so I’d like to be able to see the outskirts and
the countryside of quite a few countries too. I would also like to revisit some
cities I have been, like Amsterdam, Monaco, Florence and Naples.
polishing, rewriting, perfecting. Sure, edit and learn from it, but after a few
months, move on to something new. This is something I wish I’d known to do. I
never understood that you can’t learn everything you need to from one book, that
growth comes from working on a variety of different projects. Also, don’t expect
to publish your first book. I know it’s heartbreaking to consider your first
book a ‘practice’ book after all the work that goes into it, but truthfully,
most first books just aren’t good enough to be a commercial success. Having
talent is great, but it also takes time and experience to become a good author,
and you can’t get all the experience you’ll need on one book.