Interview with Lucy Barge

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at the age of 3. Not seriously, but I drew the pictures and told my parents what to write. To this day I still have those books. I started seriously writing this year, in my first year of high school.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I am writing new short stories that cover many different genres. Once I have written enough, I hope to put them together as a volume 2 collection. (Volume 1 being "Bursting at the Seams".)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To be honest, just putting down my thoughts onto paper and seeing them form into a story brings me great joy. It's not the fame and glory of being an author that I want, but rather being able to share my work with others.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It has always been a goal to become an author. In this world though, it's very hard to get your work accepted, and so I've decided to take the easier option of self publishing eBooks.
Who are your favorite authors?
Roald Dahl is my inspiration. Ever since reading his amazing short story books, "Someone like you" and "Kiss, Kiss", I have been inspired to write my own collections of short stories. I have many, many other favourite authors, but his stories are wonderful beyond words. I also currently am really enjoying Alan Gratz's work. I would rate most of his books 5 stars.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hobbies I enjoy include, spiritual activities; playing piano; tap dancing; cycling; reading and spending time with my family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the first story I wrote was when I was 3 years old, called "The Pet Shop". It consisted of many colored pictures and some words about choosing a pet. I can't say it was any good, but I still look at it now and again with amusement.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first book I ever read, but my parents always read picture books to me when I was little. I guess they had so much of an impact on me that I wanted to write ones myself.
What is your writing process?
1. Write your Story - Plan; First draft; Second draft; Final draft
2. Edit your Story
3. Create a Cover Design
4. Format as an eBook
5. Distribute your eBook on Different Bases
6. Design a Website to Promote your Book
7. Repeat the Process!
How do you approach cover design?
Personally, I use Canva templates to design the cover. Then I think of an illustration I want, and get a friend to draw it for me. This is a free and easy way to create a cover design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hmmm... that's a tricky one. Probably the Hetty Feather series by Jacqueline Wilson - they're beautifully written ; Roald Dahl's "Someone like you" and "Kiss, Kiss" - my writing inspirations ; Tandia by Bryce Courtney - that's always had an emotional impact on me ; Jane Eyre - that goes without words, I cannot describe how great it is ; and Watership Down - once I started reading it I just couldn't put it down again!
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything! Non-fiction mostly, but I read whatever I can get my hands on!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
On my iPad I either read from iBooks or Smashwords. But honestly, I mostly just read paperbacks.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm not grown up - and won't be for another 5 years when I turn 18. Age doesn't make a difference though, it's maturity levels that count.
Do you plan to make a career out of Writing?
Yes, definitely. Obviously writing won't be able to support me by itself, but I hope to write part time. This is one of the things I am most certain of in life.
What are you working on next?
I am hoping to begin writing a novel soon. It will be based on the struggles of a Middle Eastern man and woman, looking at three different viewpoints. I haven't gotten very far with it yet, but look out for more info in the future!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Having my own website has proved a great way to promote my writing. It and email marketing have been very effective in getting readers attention.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The prospect of school. At school I have the opportunity to write, and that isn't something I would miss for the world. Mind you, I am a bit of an early waker anyway.
Published 2018-03-29.
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Books by This Author

Bursting at the Seams – a Collection of Short Stories by Lucy Barge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,670. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: November 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
10 great stories by the budding young author, Lucy Barge. What happens when a foolish teen digs herself back into the hole she’d just dug herself out of? A Jewish boy is led to his doom? Two star-crossed lovers strive to cross the dividing barrier? And a young lost girl finds herself in the custody of her evil aunt?