Author Interview 📚 Simone Snaith
Happy Sunday, Friends. I’m pleased to be able to bring you another author interview.
Today I got the chance to ask Simone Snaith, author of IN THE DRAWING, some questions.
You can get your copy of her book here. I can’t wait to read mine. It’s getting great reviews so far and is right up my alley!
Let’s get to the interview, shall we?
What a cool Author Photo! It’s so magical and I loooove magic. (credit: Brett Klorer)
Q: What is your favorite thing about writing?
A: Sometimes when I’m on a roll with a particular project, it feels like the characters start to take over as if their dialogue and actions are just naturally occurring and all I’m doing is recording it. That’s always an exciting feeling. I also love creating a whole world of my own.
Q: What is the most difficult part of the novel writing process for you?
A: Constructing a tight plotline can be difficult for me because I have a tendency to let stories wander a little. I instinctively want to keep my denouements very short, but I’ve learned that that can be disappointing to some readers, so I’m working on that. I also have a hard time coming up with titles!
Q: What inspired you to write In The Drawing?
A: I originally had an image in my mind of a girl waking up and discovering that her apartment or dorm building had been covered in vines overnight. Then I had the idea that it might be caused by her sadness, and that her moods might affect plants and animals around her. From there, I drew from the Irish mythology in a Tomm Moore film that I love, called “The Secret of Kells.” The cover of “In The Drawing” is a reference to it.
Q: How long did it take you to write In The Drawing?
A: I have a terrible sense of time, so I don’t remember! But most of my novels take about 3-6 months, I believe.
Q: Do you plot out your stories, fly by the seat of your pants, or some combination of the two?
A: I definitely use a combination. I tend to start out knowing the beginning, the ending, and parts of the middle. Then the rest of the middle comes out as I’m writing.
Q: How do you select the names for your characters?
A: Sometimes they come to me instantly, which is always kind of exciting. Other times, I get the feeling that I want something short and gruff or long and flowing, etc – something that fits a character’s persona. Occasionally, I might look up the meanings of names in different languages.
Q: Are you working on anything new?
A: I started working on a possible adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, but I won’t dive into anything seriously until I finish receiving publisher’s edits for my book coming out on Holiday House in the spring.
Q: Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, night, or whenever you find a spare moment?
A: If I have the day off, I like to write in the mid-morning, then get up and stretch, and get out of the house in the afternoon. But during the work week, it’s whenever I find a spare moment.
Q: Do you have any writing rituals?
A: No, oddly enough. I do like to drink coffee while writing, but I don’t go out and write in coffee shops. I’m always on my laptop at home.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: A good story needs characters that readers will care about, and a plot that is interesting and not predictable. I also think atmosphere is important; you want the reader to fall completely into the story and perhaps forget where they are for the moment.
Q: Dogs or Cats?
A: I dearly love both, but I only have a cat. She is 22 and still in good shape, so she amazes me every day.
Q: Savory or Sweet?
A: I’m a big fan of sweets, but since I couldn’t survive on them, I’ll go with savory.
Q: Beach or Forest?
A: Forest. The beach is great too, but woods are magical.
Q: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do with your free time?
A: I sing in a band called Turning Violet, and also I read, watch movies, and go out dancing or to meet friends for a drink. I also like getting outdoors, especially outside of the city, and going for walks.
Q: How can readers keep in touch with you? Do you have a website? Are you on social media?
Q: Do you like to hear from your readers?
A: Sure! Some of them write me on Twitter.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
A: I’ve been plugging away at writing for literally as long as I can remember, and I’m grateful for every small step forward that I’ve made in this often difficult career. I want every writer out there to know that you shouldn’t give up. If this is what you love, then it’s worth all the time and effort, and even the rejection.
Thank you so much, Simone, for allowing me to interview you. I’m so looking forward to reading your book! This interview was so much fun. (I may secretly have a girl crush and want to make you my new best friend!)
Readers, please check out Simone’s book and share this interview will friends who enjoy reading.
Thanks Simone! And thanks everyone for reading!
See you for another author interview next Sunday! 💕