PDB: Can you pitch ‘In Her Own Words …’ in 25 words or less?
It’s an enlightening and moving, firsthand account of a woman’s life affected by prostitution, exposing the emotional, psychological and social effects of living that existence.
PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
I loved Hard Candy, probably because it was a revenge film and that’s the theme of my debut novel, Soul Destruction.
I loved watching Dexter, Boardwalk Empire and Big Love. I also used to watch My Name is Earl religiously, and watched every episode of The Wire – the best TV series ever.
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
When I wrote sporadically in the past, I was able to be read purely for pleasure but over the last couple of years while I’ve been writing regularly, I find myself analysing and criticising. I see where I could improve my own writing and also see things I would want to avoid doing as well. I rarely watch television now, but when I do, I examine the programme or film in exactly the same way.
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
I would love to write for them all. I think Soul Destruction would make a great movie, and some of the novel could be a theatrical production and it could definitely make a television series too. The way I write is to watch the scene and the characters in my head and report on what they are doing. So in my mind, everything I write is already a film in my head.
PDB: How much research goes into each book?
I haven’t had to undertake any new research for what I have written so far. I draw mostly on my own life experience, and also my original research in prostitution in the late 1990s.
So far, I have only written novels set in locations where I have been myself such as London and Sydney. I have another novel planned later in the Soul Destruction series, which will be set in America, another country I have been to.
My memory being bad, I have had to do fact checking but that has all been able to be accomplished on the internet and via phone calls. I like to be as accurate as I can, so for example when I needed a house with a basement in Ladbroke Grove, I made contact with an estate agent to check which roads had houses with basements.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
Social media are indispensible for me as a writer. Yes, they are great for publicising my work on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Google+ etc. but it has also been essential to me for becoming part of an online community of writers. I’ve been able to meet numerous people in writing circles online and I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and engagement I’ve had with some amazing people in the short time I’ve been around.
PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?
I’m hoping to get my debut novel, Soul Destruction, published. It’s currently being read by one small UK publisher and one literary agent. While I am waiting for this to happen, I am writing Soul Destruction Diary, spin-off from the first novel, which is part of the Soul Destruction series, but not the next after Soul Destruction.
Unconventionally, I started publishing it on my blog as I was writing it. The idea was that it would generate interest in the first novel, and so far, that has been working.
I wrote my first short story last week, Protection, which is due to be published online next week, and after enjoying that experience, I think I will write at least one or two more shorts this year. I am also hoping to be busy publicising the charity publication In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl.
The charity, Beyond the Streets, is very dear to my heart, and I want to try to raise as much funds as I possibly can for them. When I finish Soul Destruction Diary later in the year as I hope to, I will then be embarking on the second novel in the Soul Destruction series, which I had already begun, but put on hold when I began my blog, as didn’t want to spoil the chances of it being published traditionally by publishing it online.
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In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl is available to download from Amazon.
All royalties will be donated to Beyond the Streets, helping women exit prostitution.