Interview with Pauline Finlay

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to spend time with family and friends. I also like to try new adventures. This year I walked Camino Portugues with my friend Yvonne.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote stories and hid them under my mattress when I was 8 or 9. I dont remember any of the stories.
What is your writing process?
I write when inspired to do so. Later I go back and edit. My daughter-in-law Janine edits my books.
How do you approach cover design?
With our St. Shotts book, another writer helped me. For my teacher'sbook I found a cornucopia myself. For this one I knew I had a photo where I was very tired. I had Laura Shinn design it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read about places and people. Other books I have really enjoyed are:
Eat, Pray,Love
The Kite Runner
I'm Off Then
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love both my Kobo Reader and my ipad.
Describe your desk
That's easy- my lap!
My physical desk in my office is full of books and papers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Pasadena, on Newfoundland's west coast. I would dream all the time about going on the TransCanada Highway and never looking back. My first teaching jobwas in BC on a native reserve. I loved seeing new places and meeting people.
When did you first start writing?
As a small child I would write stories and hide them under my mattress.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I decided after reading many accounts of others walking Camino Frances that I wanted to do it. I live to write about all my travel experiences.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I paid for my first two books so I felt why not try an ebook? I love reading ebooks so it was an easy decision.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love sharing my ideas and stories with others. Ending a book is very gratifying. I have said all that I can and people can read it, if they so desire.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean friends. If someone enjoys my writing Im happy.
What are you working on next?
I just finished up Camino Portugues on June 1, so ideas are being put on paper and this year Ive given myself a deadline of September 4, my mom's birthday. She was ill from an early age so Im dedicating my fourth book to her. She liked walking but would get tired quickly. So while these are early days, I will be telling about this wonderful camino.
Published 2014-06-09.
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