Interview with Aimee Hadley

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
For a really long time I resisted everybody who told me to buy an ereader. I wanted to stick to my printed copies of books, and visiting the book store. Then somebody gave me an ereader for my birthday and I fell in love with it. How could I not! The ereaders are so easy to use and really open me up to a wide variety of books. I love searching the different sites for recommended reads and getting recommendations in my inbox. It has certainly enhanced the range of books I am reading rather than being restricted to the usual searching.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was when I was in junior school. A friend and I created a book about a group of girls who went to a boarding school. It was very British! I continued writing, in my early teens I remember writing a series of books around 20,000 words long each about a group of friends, each book was about a different friend, and they suffered a range of disasters. I really wish I still had a copy of those books but I lost them when moving. They be fun, if not cringeworthy to read. I wrote a handful of shorter books in my late teens and just increased my writing from there.
What is your writing process?
I will knock an idea around in my head for a while. It might be from a simple question in my head, or a small passing comment, and my mind will expand on that. What would happen if...? What if this person said this...? Sometimes I will get an idea in my head and write that chapter, and then I form everything around it. It's rare I write from beginning to end of a story. Sometimes I am very good and start at the beginning, but then I'll know what must happen in the future and have to get that written down, and then I go back to fill in the gaps. I sometimes find it difficult to balance reading and writing - if I am reading a book from a favourite author, I cannot write a word of my own until I am finished!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the first book I remember reading was The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I remember checking this book out of the library so many times when I was younger. Oddly when I re-read this as an adult, I had forgotten some really key facts in the book. I also read all the Roald Dahl books when I was younger, I loved The BFG and The Witches. I really wished I could be Sophie from The BFG. I think I always was slightly ahead in my reading, anything I could get my hands on from stories to poetry. I had my nose buried in a book from a young age.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like a variety of books, and now that I am older I am reading a lot of different genre to usual. I recently discovered some great detective books, and I like watching out for the news that a new book has been released in the series. I love romance and traditional "chick-lit". Essentially if the author can hold my attention, I'm going to read their work and escape a little in their created universe. I especially love the books that you sometimes feel a bit disappointed afterwards that you don't actually know the characters in real life. I love Marian Keyes books and get so excited if a character from a previous book is in the new one, because I can't wait to find out what they have been up to!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a kindle.
Describe your desk
My desk is always nice and tidy. Laptop, pot of tea, couple of biscuits and my ipod at the side.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little village but not far from a large town. I base my writing setting around where I have lived and/or seen in my life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Marian Keyes. Sophie Kinsella. Laine Moriarty. J.D Salinger. Jodi Picoult. Stephanie Meyer. Jennifer Weiner. Paul Finch. Roald Dahl. Dr Suess.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children. I'm not sure if we say inspire or refuse to let me stay in bed! No, seriously, my children. They mean the word to me. I work a lot of getting out of bed to have cuddles with them, that's a pretty good reason for me to leave my duvet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my spare time either reading, or having fun with the family. Bike rides, long walks, generally just having fun.
Published 2014-10-13.
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Books by This Author

The Secrets We Keep
Price: $4.83 USD. Words: 104,540. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Two people falling in love – with each other. What could be more straightforward than that? But secrets have a habit of complicating things, and one mistake can ruin a perfect relationship. A powerful, warm-spirited and absorbing tale that will touch your heart.