Guest Post from Pippa Jay

Today I welcome Pippa Jay who answers twenty questions for the blog.

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1        How long have you been writing? For as long as I can remember. But only for the past four years in the hope of publication.

2       Do you have a favorite book you have written? Always the most recent one. Right now that’s a decopunk superhero romance along the lines of X-Men meets Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

3      Have you always wanted to write? I haven’t always wanted to write, as such. I’ve just always been writing.

4       Are you a plotter or pantster writer? Pantser. I’ve tried to plot, but it never works out.

5       What do you enjoy most about writing? Finishing! Then starting the next.

6       Do you have a favorite affirmation on writing? Eg., This from Chuck Wendig is one of my favorites. The One No-Fooling Rule Is “write.” Write, write, … write. Write better today than you did yesterday and better tomorrow than you did today. Onward, fair pen monkey, onward. If you’re not a writer, something will stop you — your own doubts, hate from haters, a bad review, poor time management, a hungry raccoon that nibbles off your fingers, whatever. If you’re a writer, you’ll write. And you’ll never stop to look back.
My friend Liana Brooks says the key to success is to write excellent books. Write lots of them. So that’s what I’m trying to do.

7       How do you develop your characters? Usually I start off with an idea of how they look, and possibly a name. Since they’re normally in the middle of something when I think of them, how they react in that situation decides aspects of their personality–are they defending themselves and winning? Did they attack, and if so why? What are they hoping to achieve in what they’re doing? They develop on from there.

8      What is the most exciting time for you in your writing, the new beginning or the completed story? The offer of a contract? Starting a new story is always exciting! I’m usually more relieved than excited when it’s finished. A contract is always fantastic because it confirms all that time you’ve spent on your story has caught someone’s eye and held their interest.

9       If you have experienced rejection as a writer, how did you deal with it? I drown my misery in lots of chocolate and whinging on Twitter until I get it out of my system. Then I move on. 😛

10  Do you ever write yourself into your stories? No. I’m not half as interesting as my characters.

11    Have you ever used a ‘real life’ incident in your writing? I use real life experiences all the time, but never anything specific. I blend them together.

12   What is your favorite way to find inspiration? Looking through images on stock photo sites like dreamstime. Good for writer’s block too.

13   Who are your favorite authors? Jaine Fenn, Neal Asher, Anne McCaffrey, Barry Hughhart, Agatha Christie, Ursula Le Guin,…should I stop there?

14   Do you feel you are influenced by any particular authors? I think probably Anne McCaffrey shaped a lot of my writing early on, along with Asimov and Simak, and Tolkien and Eddings.

15   What is the most difficult aspect of writing for you? Self editing.

16   Coffee or Tea? Coffee!

17   Early rising lark or night lover owl? Either. Sometimes both, hence the coffee dependency.

18   What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? I do freestyle street dance for fitness, love to sew (especially costumes like my Jedi outfit), have six bantam chickens, and often make graphics for my stories.

19   Do you think you will still be writing in ten years time? Writing, yes. Maybe not publishing.

20What question do you wish I’d asked? Would you like chocolate while you answer? 😛


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A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 20 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the SFR Brigade, a community of science fiction romance authors and publishing professionals committed to writing and promoting the very best in the genre.

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