goodreads author questions
S P Oldham
Six author questions posed over on goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/author/15055997.Lillian_White/questions
If anyone has anymore questions, feel free to post them here, on my goodreads page or on my website. Thank you.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Lillian White: I am fortunate in that I do not have deadlines to meet, other than self-imposed ones. So, perhaps for me to answer this is a bit of a cheek! Speaking for myself, I don't view it as 'writer's block' as such, I simply think to myself 'Okay, I am not in the frame of mind to write today,' and I give myself a break. I think maybe it only becomes a problem if I stress over it too much. The more you worry, the harder it gets. Give yourself permission for some time off, if you can, relax and forget about it. It will come back to you - it always does.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Lillian White: You learn so much - about the world at large, about people and what it is to be human, about history and all kinds of other, sometimes unexpected, topics. It is a wonderful way to unleash all your hidden creativity and to share stories that might otherwise never be told.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Lillian White: Hard to answer this, as I am still very much an aspiring writer myself! Just keep at it, don't be too precious about your work; defend it by all means but don't be blind to its faults. Learn our craft as you go (I am) and enjoy it. If you are bored or disillusioned by what you have written, chances are your reader will be too. Rewrites can be tiresome, but don't be afraid to do them - you might be glad you did!
What are you currently working on?
Lillian White: I am working on a second Victorian Romance, 'The Unschooled Heart,' which I hope to release around Christmas time.
As S P Oldham I am also working on a second horror anthology with a 'witch' theme, called 'Hag's Breath.'
Keep your eyes peeled for more information here, on my website http://solostinwords.doodlekit.com/home or on my Facebook pages.
How do you get inspired to write?
Lillian White: It is a cliche but it is nonetheless true for all that - I have always written. Ever since I learned to write, I have written stories, poems and all sorts of bits and bobs over the years. I have shared them online for a number of years, but I have only recently decided to go the self-publishing route.
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Lillian White: I have always been interested in history, especially the Victorian era (and the medieval and Ancient History...) I wanted to write a book-length romance as opposed to a short story as I have previously done in this genre. I simply put the two together. I felt it was important to convey the harsh reality of the times rather to focus simply on the romance. I think that, in the end, this proved to be a good backdrop for the story rather than detracting from it.