Interview with Australian Author – Sheila Hunter
“Australian Authors” – Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
Sheila Hunter – Sheila Hunter ( my mother) lived in Avoca Beach NSW and was a well known person in the area. Sadly she died in 2002 with out seeing or even knowing her books would be published.
“Australian Authors” – What made you want to become a writer?
Sheila Hunter – Sheila was always a great Story teller. Whiling away many hours while travelling, telling stories to the family. After much encouragement she wrote some of them down.
“Australian Authors” – Now, the big question, are you working on another book?
Sheila Hunter– Sadly she only wrote the three Historical novels, and was part way through a 4th when she became ill. She also wrote 4 Environmental Fairy stories, a children Aboriginal medicine story and a 3 volume Autobiography – again not finished. I am still finding many partly finished stories…
“Australian Authors” – What genres do you prefer to write in?
Sheila Hunter – Historical, environmental and Children’s.
“Australian Authors” – What do you think about the ebook revolution?
Sheila Hunter – I prefer the written word, but have already published on Kindle!
“Australian Authors” – Do you start a book with a definite plot, or do you just write?
Sheila Hunter – Sheila did both! If she had a plot she’d plan it out – but sometimes she’d just write!
“Australian Authors” – Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or are you always in control?
Sheila Hunter – Always in control! Although sometimes they’d like to!
“Australian Authors” – Are your characters based on real people or completely imagined?
Sheila Hunter – Inspired by rather than based on them!
“Australian Authors” – Who are your favourite authors?
Sheila Hunter – Sheila’s were:- Catherine Gaskin, Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt, Georgette Heyer and Ngaio Marsh.
“Australian Authors” – What’s your advice to Authors? On writing? Publishing? Marketing?
Sheila Hunter – Never give up! If you love YOUR story, persevere, spread the word, and then self publish if you must! It’s handy to have a self printed copy to hand to publishers! It how these came to be now published in Australia (by Woodslane P/L)