Author Interview

My Author Interview (2021)

 

Did you catch my most recent author interview?

Instead of posting a brand new post, I’d like to share with you an author interview I did last month for Simone Woods of the Life Inspiration File blog. Simone is someone who I originally met through social media, but who has become a true friend this past year.

Not only have we chatted extensively about books, expat life, and self-publishing, but she offered to work as my line editor for Snapshots of Spain and we have since teamed up (with my Sincerely, Spain blog partner, Claudia) to offer a creativity course that follows The Artist’s Way book.

I had such a fun time considering and writing my responses to Simones’s thought-provoking questions, that I wanted to make sure each and every one of you got the opportunity to see them! Please enjoy the many topics Simone inspired me to dive into in this interview, including a focus on my transition from teaching to writing full-time and my writing process in general.

Instead of re-hashing the exact same details here, I’d like to steer you to the original post directly. While you’re there, you’ll find my answers to the following questions:

You’re from the US, but you live in Spain – what brought you to Spain?

How long have you been writing?


What made you decide to move from teaching English to writing full-time?


What were some of the challenges in transitioning careers?


What were some things that were surprisingly easy/straightforward?


What’s your favourite thing about being a full time writer versus teaching?


How do you stay motivated?


What is your general writing process?

Do you work on multiple projects at once?

How do you manage all the different aspects of an ‘author life’? Writing, editing, publishing, marketing…

How do you manage your personal writing with your blog writing for Sincerely, Spain?

Are there any Spanish ‘quirks’/cultural aspects that are useful for you as a writer in Spain?


What does a typical work day look like for you?

Your short stories are so diverse! How do you come up with ideas? Do you do a lot of research? How do you know when an idea is going to turn into a full story?

What attracted you to the short story form?


What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever heard?


What are some of your favourite writing resources?


Now that you’ve published two collections of short stories, what’s next? Will you stick to the short story form, or do you plan to do something else?

If any of these topics interest you, please check out Simone’s blog to read my responses. While you’re there, check out all the great, inspiring content she shares about life, books, motherhood, and more! Be sure to let me know if you do!

xoxo,
DJN

 

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