This is my first ever interview/guest/author post – whatever you want to call it. I asked Jude a few questions and she responded.
The reason for this post is to gain a little insight into her career and into her life.
So, without much further ado…
Here’s a quick biography on Jude: she lives in France, enjoys riding around on her motorbike with her husband (weather permitting) and has published a total of four books. Initially, they were e-Books but early this year she started publishing them as paperbacks with CreateSpace. The Mouse and the Microlight and The Stowaways are finished and are on Amazon. You can see all her books on her author blog: https://judethompsonbooks.wordpress.com/. She is a talented writer with a very distinct voice which comes through in some of her short stories and general blogs posts!
1. What is the best part about being an indie author for you?
I don’t have much faith in the traditional publishing route. Many great writers have been turned down by a variety of publishers, which tells me they don’t always get it right. Apart from that I just love doing my own thing!
2. What’s the strangest place you’ve gotten a great story idea?
Probably the garden! It was a story about a slug that did karate – Sylvester Stallug I think his name was!
3. What “person” do you like to write in? First Person, Third Person etc. – and why?
Definitely third. I like to get into the minds of all my characters. First person I find limiting. I also prefer reading books in the third person.
4. I hear you have some very exciting news about your books! Can you share it with us?
That’s simple, what can be more exciting than holding your own book in your hands! I set out to publish all my e-Books as paperback with CreateSpace early this year. A big learning curve for me, but two are now on my shelf, a third (proof) is due here in June, and my Christmas based fantasy novel will be coming out ready for Christmas.
5. Plotter? Or Pantser?
Plotter! I think of my story as a skeleton which I then add meat to. I start with the point that the whole story hangs on – say good versus evil of some sort – then I work towards that, building characters as I go, then the ending unfolds based on various events and characters.
6.What was your road to publication like?
Lengthy! I wrote a novel-length true story about relationships back in 2005 when we moved to France, then a full length fantasy novel after that. Later two books that were written originally as blogs. I tried the traditional route for the first two books, gave up and went for Kindle. It’s been a journey of experience and simply huge enjoyment. One big benefit is that I don’t need to earn money from writing because we’re retired and have pensions.
7.What advice can you give new authors?
Write because you love to. Follow your heart. Go traditional or Indie depending how you feel. Read a lot – it’s a great way of learning about writing if you’ve never had any formal training. Enjoy the journey!
8. What time of day do you prefer to do your writing?
Morning, I’m a morning person. I like new starts. But I did write a short story the other night and finished it at two in the morning. I guess I’m also inconsistent.
9. How hard was it to hit that “Publish” button the first time and send your book into the world? Looking back, what can you tell new authors about that experience?
Absolutely terrifying! Then I panicked and wondered how easy it would be to edit the book if I noticed a mistake. It’s actually dead easy. I was able to check my e-Books once they were live and upload the manuscript again if I noticed something wrong. With the paperbacks I had the facility of an online viewer, but I still waited for the proof in the post before pressing the publish button. There’s less that you’re able to change with a paperback.
10. What would you have done differently if you released your book into the world again?
Only one thing, and only in relation to my children’s paperback books with full colour pictures. I would plan my pictures better now that I know about the required resolution ( 300 dpi) for printing colour images. I created my pictures from my own photographs, and would have taken some shots differently. There was a lot to learn with images.
11.When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I always loved writing at school, especially creating stories. I knew that if I ever got the chance I’d spend time at it but my life always seemed too busy with family and then I became a single parent for twenty years, trying to earn enough to pay the bills. Energy seemed to get used up working at work and at home. When I met my second husband and we ran off to France together I suddenly had all the time in the world!
12.What is the first book that made you cry?
Probably Bambi when I was about eight years old!
13.What’s the name of the book that you’ve read more than FIVE times?
I think I’ve only read one book more than once and that was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I read it twice. The characters, the suspense, the plot, the whole thing was brilliant. Maybe that’s what set me off into reading so much Nordic crime.
14.How do you select the names of your characters?
I think about what suits the character. Marjorie Butterworth seemed to fit a little old lady in a short story set in an English village, but wouldn’t suit the vengeful she-troll in my fantasy novel! The most difficult names I had to choose were for elves, because I’ve never met any.
15.Tell us about your covers and how they came about?
Creating the covers for my books was just great fun. All my covers and pictures have been created using my own photographs including the aerial photography (my hubby flies a microlight). I have a huge library of nature photography too. I might sometimes take a number of things from various photos to create a picture, and add some illustration too to bring the whole thing together. This is all done with GIMP which is a free photo editing program the equivalent to Photoshop. For me creating the pictures and covers for my books has been equally as much fun as writing them.
16. Note from Jude
Big thank you, Jack, for giving me a guest slot!
Well, there you have it. A little insight into Jude Thompson’s career as a writer. Check out her page while you’re here. If you haven’t seen the link already then you can find Jude Thompson’s Author Blog.