The snow’s gone, and even if it comes back – not that likely down here in the Deep South aka Hampshire – there are daffodils and primroses in the garden, the random pheasant sits outside and shouts for his dinner, and the roe deer family peer over the garden fence almost daily. Spring is on its way so it’s time I stopped hibernating so I’m happy to welcome fellow Crooked Cat author, Angela Wren, to answer my 8 Quick Questions and tell us about her fascinating mysteries set in rural France.
- When you finish a new writing project, who is the first person you share it with?
My editor. I run a Writing Group and the various drafts of my stories are shared with the group and I get plenty of comment throughout the writing process.
- What is the best compliment you’ve ever received about your writing?
My stories are set in France and the absolutely best comments are those from people who have said they felt as though they were in France itself whilst reading my work.
- Everyone has bad writing days (or weeks, or months). What do you do when you start to hate everything that you’ve written?
I chuck whatever I’m writing in a drawer and leave it there for a week or two, or possibly longer. I have one manuscript that has been in the drawer for two years! Perhaps it will never come out.
- We all cast our characters for that hypothetical film or tv deal. Which actor/s would you choose to play your main character/s?
Actually, I haven’t even thought of that. My central character, Jacques, would have to be French and whoever plays him would have to fit his physical description. So, Gerard Depardieu is completely out of the running. There was a gorgeous French tenor I saw in a production of the Pearl Fishers – now he would be perfect, except I can’t remember his name!
- What do you enjoy most in the writing process? What parts of it do you really dislike?
I absolutely love stringing the words together once I know what my story is. I can just disappear into my fictional world and stay there for days on end. I find editing particularly difficult and very tiring. I don’t exactly dislike it, because I know how essential a task it is. But if there was any part of the writing process that I could ditch, it would definitely be editing.
- Research is a vital part of writing. What is the most memorable or interesting thing you’ve learned along the way?
Discovering the Cévennes in south central France for the very first time. It’s the part of France where my stories are set and there’s a silence and loneliness there that I can’t seem to find anywhere else. It’s also an upland area, the scenery is spectacular, the villages are small and sparse and the weather can change in a moment. A perfect place for murder, I think!
- What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
Never give up – if the story wants to be written it will be.
- Finally, in one sentence, tell us about your current project.
I’m in the final stages of completing book 3 (Montbel) in my Jacques Forêt series of stories which will be out later this year.
Thank you for visiting, Angela, I’m looking forward to meeting Jacques again!
Website : www.angelawren.co.uk
Blog : www.jamesetmoi.blogspot.com
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And here are the shiny new covers of my Charlotte Richmond Mysteries, re-issued now by Williams & Whiting!