Interview with Australian Author – Carolyn Denman
“Australian Authors” – Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
Carolyn – Hmm, funny how that question automatically leads to my occupation, hobbies, heritage or a list of my pets. Pfft, go look those up elsewhere if you want to know. Let me instead list three quirks that you won’t find so easily: I am in love with my hobby farm, I have a phobia of cornflour (uggh) and I never send anyone birthday cards.
“Australian Authors” – What made you want to become a writer?
Carolyn – I didn’t. I wanted my daughter to become a writer, so I tried to get her started. By chapter 4 she got bored and I became addicted. Suddenly every song I heard became a scene I had to write.
“Australian Authors” – What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?
Carolyn – Music, for sure. Also other stories, especially ones that make my heart skip a beat. That’s not to say I just read romance (in fact I’m not sure I’ve ever actually managed to finish a ‘traditional’ romance novel). There are plenty of scenes that make my heart lurch. I live for those. I love to create those.
“Australian Authors” – Now, the big question, are you working on another book?
Carolyn – I’ve just about finished tidying up the final (fourth) book in the Sentinels of Eden. I’m really looking forward to unleashing my next series. It *might* have some post-singularity themes. Okay, so I’ve finished the first draft of book one and yes, it’s definitely got some AI complications. And time-travel. Good Lord, what was I thinking?
“Australian Authors” – What genres do you prefer to write in?
Carolyn – I’ll let you know in about thirty years when I’ve tried a good selection of them.
“Australian Authors” – What do you think about the ebook revolution?
Carolyn – People certainly seem to be dedicated to one camp or the other, don’t they? Personally I love sharing an electronic library with my family. I love that I can read the same book at the same time as my dad and we can enjoy it together. Also, the cheaper prices of ebooks certainly help me to say yes to taking risks on lesser known authors.
“Australian Authors” – Do you start a book with a definite plot, or do you just write?
Carolyn – Absolutely a mix of both methods. I have no issue with tossing out chunks of writing that don’t work, because I enjoy the indulgence of pouring it all out. It would only be a waste if it felt like work, right? Having said that, I do like a tidy story, so structure is handy for that.
“Australian Authors” – Pen or type writer or computer?
Carolyn – Computer, always. Just what I’m used to, I guess.
“Australian Authors” – Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or are you always in control?
Carolyn – Of course they hijack the story. It’s their story! The problems start when they don’t let the other characters get a word in…
“Australian Authors” – Are your characters based on real people or completely imagined?
Carolyn – I’d like to think they’re completely original, but of course there will be aspects of their personalities that are familiar to me (and loved) because they remind me of people I know.
“Australian Authors” – Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?
Carolyn – I’ve recently assisted in a group project called ‘Murder In The Mail’ that was led by an amazing creator (Felicity Banks). She’s been so lovely to work with that I’m starting to feel like co-writing may not be as daunting as it sounds.
“Australian Authors” – Who are your favourite authors?
Carolyn – Do I have a word limit here? I’ll try to keep it to just a few. Janny Wurtz, Alice Oseman, Patrick Rothfuss, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Elyne Mitchell, Patrick Ness, Laini Taylor. The list goes on. I will just say, they don’t all have to have the literary star-shine of Janny, I will include anyone on that list who can write an engaging story.
“Australian Authors” – What’s your advice to Authors? On writing? Publishing? Marketing?
Carolyn – My favourite piece of advice is for people who are considering writing and are not sure where to start, or even if they really want to take on such a scary project. My tip: just write the parts that inspire you. If there’s a story in it, the rest will follow. If not, you’ll have fun anyway.