Interview with Australian Author – Judith Chapman
“Australian Authors” – Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
Judith – I’m a Western Australian first time author and publisher, and I treasure memories. I lost my Dad when I was just 2 years old, he was buried exactly 1 month after my second birthday, and that is when I recall my first memories, after he was gone. I know very little about my Dad, as it was always painful to talk about him, and my Mum remembers very little about the first 2 years of my life, as they were the last 2 years of my Dads life, he was very sick with Hodgkins disease.
“Australian Authors” – What made you want to become a writer?
Judith – I have always been someone who keeps a journal, and records my memories especially when traveling. It is an amazing thing to be able to share stories and experiences through writing.
“Australian Authors” – What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?
Judith – I have only created this one book and the inspiration was my mum. She was going through a really hard time in her life and he had reach the age her mum was when she died, and she was lost in the tragedies of her life, so I created My Memory Lane to help her remember the good times in her life and it really worked well, so I wanted to be able to help others in the same way, so my journey as a writer and publisher began.
“Australian Authors” – Now, the big question, are you working on another book?
Judith – No not yet, I would like to create this book into an app to help others recall and record their life stories.
“Australian Authors” – What genres do you prefer to write in?
Judith – I love Biographies and Memoirs, I really enjoy reading real life stories.
“Australian Authors” – What do you think about the ebook revolution?
Judith – I think ebooks are fantastic! It means we can carry a small library of books on one thumb drive, which is great for traveling.
“Australian Authors” – Do you start a book with a definite plot, or do you just write?
Judith – I just write and let the words flow
“Australian Authors” – Pen or type writer or computer?
Judith – Pen, definitely the words flow better from me when Im writing rather than typing.
“Australian Authors” – Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or are you always in control?
“Australian Authors” – Are your characters based on real people or completely imagined?
Judith – My stories are accounts of real life experiences.
“Australian Authors” – Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?
Judith – Yes but only to help them write their own story
“Australian Authors” – Who are your favourite authors?
Judith – Bryce Courtney, Patrick Rothfuss
“Australian Authors” – What’s your advice to Authors? On writing? Publishing? Marketing?
Judith – My advice to other authors or publishers is to use existing publishers or print on demand services, it is very difficult to be an independent publisher, use the established networks to promote your work, going it alone is a long road and difficult to get advice and connections.