Interview with LJ McCarthy

What is your writing process?
I'm constantly jotting down ideas altough Stephen King doesn't believe in it, he says the ideas should be there constantly, it's kind of true!
I outline first and then go from there, trying to fill in as much as possible before reading the whole lot. I keep a notebook for each story and jot things down, scenes, research, marketing, notes from video blogs and stuff that I've read.
I've recently started getting up extra early and doing an hour of writing before work (still have a full time job at the moment) and I write in the evening and go hell for leather at the weekends!!!!!!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the stories but I remember being in nursery and we all got to pick a new book to take home at the end of every day.
All the books were in big plastic carry cases and kept in a huge kind of fling cabinet at child's height!
How do you approach cover design?
Mum, still trying to figure this one out....
What do you read for pleasure?
Yes of course!!!!
Describe your desk
My lap on my sofa with my dog sat next to me. So not really a desk at all but you get the picture
What's the story behind your latest book?
I honestly can't remember what made me think of it but it was a good couple of years ago that the idea popped into my head! I hadn't even decided to start writing fiction back then.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Joanna Penn and all the fab people who do video blogs on you tube. I must have watched hundreds of videos and it kept me awake at night, the idea and possibility of it all!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My brain is alive, it's a little bit like therapy. I love seeing what random stuff my imagination produces!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Everything! LIfe!!! And mainly my dog because she is awake and of course wveyone should be awake as well.
When did you first start writing?
Probably in primary school.
Published 2016-10-04.
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