Interview with Neia Glynn

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing contains my emotions. It lets me work through ideas and create characters who can be part of themes that are important to me, or which I want to explore. Without writing, mainly song lyrics, I don't think I'd have retained my sanity!!
What's the story behind your latest book?
A health visitor friend of mine told me that middle-class women are the most represented in suicide statistics. I sometimes thought it might be macabre writing 2 novels about suicide, but I figured that lots of people write about varying sorts of murderers so it would be fine. I also think that suicide is an under-discussed topic, so if people talked about The Tuesday Night Book Club, it might, in its own small way, add to the acceptability of mentioning this really important subject. Depression plays large in our society and I wanted to take a character through the vicissitudes of modern suburban life, looking at where her non-achievement of the standards she's been brought up to expect would lead her. I've been fascinated by the supernatural forever it seems, so i always have to have some element of the ghostly or other-worldly in my books. I was intrigued by the idea that people could unwittingly invite in harmful spirits, so Violet comes to realise that the demon of which she has visions, is sustaining her self-pity and enveigling her further and further into it. There needed to be lightness to the story, as a foil to the lows that Violet experiences, so we have her spirited daughter, her environmentally aware elderly neighbour and her holistically charged aunt.
What are you working on next?
I'd like The Tuesday Night Book Club to be the first in a series of novels that concentrate on Elsie. She's the daughter of Violet, the main character in TTNBC, and I have plans for her to develop perception of demonic influences. She already has a nonagenarian Christian neighbour, who is pretty-much her best friend, and Elsie's experiences at the end of TTNBC convince her of the reality of the fight that goes on in the supernatural realm.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens, Voltaire
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God! Life is so busy I rely on prayer to motivate me and have me up and getting on with the washing, feeding the cat, kneading bread and planning my children's lessons. Ah, what a suburban housewife I sound...but I do object to surveys that have me down as such. Home educator fits the bill better.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Planning lessons for my children and writing out worksheets. Researching science, geography etc. Helping run a home ed group and working out how to excite children about science each week.
Writing songs to perform in local pubs and clubs. Rehearsing with my husband and other great bandmates.
Singing in choir.
Cooking all manner of curios to foist upon my children!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a story about angels while I was at school. I think I was about 9. I have a feeling they bounced about on clouds.
What is your writing process?
Be led by my unconscious to some extent. Stories seem to write themselves. I'll start out with a character who can hold ideas or emotions I need to work through. The story evolves around that person, what her history needs to have been to make her who she is etc. I think about what a reader might want, to make the story interesting and flowing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Bible stories have had a huge influence on me. They were in the background of my wanting to work with offenders, which subsequently informed the 2 novels I've written.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all manner of things. I loved a book called "What Plants Know", all about whether plants can be said to have the same senses we have. Voltaire makes me laugh, with his satirical look at old French society. I read books about spiritual warfare and really enjoyed Robby Dawkins talk about his experiences turning round his Aurora through miracles.
Describe your desk
Ha ha! No space for a desk! I write on park benches, in swimming pool waiting areas, on my bed, on the dining table, at the work surface while I cook dinner...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South West London. It's an area of huge cultural diversity, which I hope gives me a broad understanding of all sorts of folk, which is an important feature of credible characters, methinks.
When did you first start writing?
As a child I wrote stories and songs. Words are wonderful to me, and I especially like keeping words of antiquity alive.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As a home educating mum, I hadn't a hope of finding an agent or a publisher so it felt saner to self-publish through Smashwords, which had been recommended as supportive and ethical.
Published 2015-11-13.
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Books by This Author

The Expectation of Silence
You set the price! Words: 112,660. Language: British English. Published: November 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Living alone in the London suburbs, Andy is a fence and a failure. His only success will come as a result of his total downfall. Unused to insight, he is forced to examine who he is and why, by dint of a crime he thought he had left behind. The story of his grandmother's post-war hardship interweaves with his, to explain how he came to exist as he does, and through his worst crime, she is freed.
The Tuesday Night Book Club
You set the price! Words: 94,670. Language: British English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Urban
A London woman looks for who will end her life. Five times they fail, but with curious benefits. Not for her. Violet listens to an online songstress to ease suburban sorrow, while her daughter is perplexing, her neighbour prays for her and her husband snores through her demon-envisioning nights. Despair and dubious attitudes to eating lead her to a near-disastrous final attempt.