Interview with Jeannette Cavanagh

When did you first start writing?
1990
What is the story about?
Kate has just returned home to New Zealand after and extended stay in London. The story centres around Kate’s conflict as she once more becomes involved with Malcolm Tennant, the man she ran away from, and the intrigue set up by two women in the firm, who for different reasons both hate Kate.
Delia, who successfully hides her drug addiction in a bid to win favour with Malcolm and Tania, jealous of Kate, nurses an ugly secret which goes back to her Kate’s childhood. Then there is Simon, Kate’s brother, whose company poses a threat to the company Malcolm heads.
The story moves from Auckland to China where Simon’s company becomes a target for industrial sabotage organised by Malcolm Tennant. In the middle of this Simon becomes trapped in a blizzard on Mt Tasman when a mountaineering venture goes seriously wrong.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By bringing my book to worldwide readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making my characters come alive and developing their story.
What do your fans mean to you?
A great deal. It is so satisfying knowing I have written a story that has given pleasure to my readers.
What are you working on next?
My next book is for young teenagers. It is about a young girl Midget, who lives alone with her beloved father. Her life is turned upside down when her father decides to re-marry. His new wife hates Midget, as so her two revolting children.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The birds singing outside my window as they wait for me to come and feed them. Living in town food is short for birds and I supplement their diet with wild bird seed, fruit which I cut up and sugar water in a special feeder.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking, gardening, spending time with all my wonderful family. I love to travel and enjoy meeting people of different nationalities.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Some by word of mouth and others by searching for them on Smashwords.
What is your writing process?
I have a story in my head, then I create a family tree for all my characters. I give them each a birth date, where they were born, who their parents are and so on. This brings them alive and they become real people in my head.
I then make up a chart with all the characters, and the part they paly in the story listed in order of appearance, with the day and date of their first appearance, this keeps me on track as the story develops.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in South Africa, I was an avid reader and had a burning desire to write stories.
We had a number o;f African families living on the farm, they are wonderfully happy and colouful people who relied on my parents for help when they were sick, injured or in trouble, but also each new baby born received a complete layette from my mother. If there was a wedding on the farm, my mother would help sew the wedding dress and my father killed a beast for the wedding feast. We were allowed to go and watch the proceedings and join in the dancing.
My father left the farm to serve his country in the Second World War and my mother took over the management of the farm and all the people living there. Life was tough but full of adventure and I think this all helped to fuel my imagination.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Michener, John Grisham, Bryse Courtnay, Wilbur Smith
Maeve Binchy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was written in South Africa about a girl facing challenges both at home and abroad.
How do you approach cover design?
I like the cover design to successfully represent the basis of the story.
Published 2013-09-10.
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