Interview with Paula Hayes

What is your writing process?
I started off setting aside one day to concentrate on writing now I am trying to write everyday. I start off trying to capture all the things my characters have whispered to me in my dreams or as I doze. I can be sitting in the car waiting for the lights to change and suddenly a plot lightning bulb will strike me! Mostly I sit in my family room shooshing kids and waving them away as I bang away at the computer
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favourite books include The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, Great Expectation by Charles Dickens and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey and The Shark Net by Robert Drewe.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my iPad curled up on the couch
Describe your desk
Sadly disorganised!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is going into that space where time disappears and you are fully immersed in the world of your characters. They become your friends...not in a voices in your head kooky kind of way...but fleshed out people with their own joys and lows. I really loved hearing one of my children laughing out loud one night as they read one of my chapters. I like people to engage with my writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Making sure the puppy doesn't lose it before I unlock the back door
What are you working on next?
In fact, my obsessive little imagination has gone into overdrive and I am writing book two in the series. The first is The Underage Guide to the Otherside and I haven't named book two but it will be ALOT shorter than the first! I am calling the series Bulldog, Palomino and Bowie's Supernatural Sagas. Stay tuned...
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Craig Silvey, Tim Winton, Helen Garner, Wendy Harmer, Markus Zusak, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and a gazillion other... oh I forgot to say F.Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda his muse.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read cooking magazines...and biographies and the classics!
When did you first start writing?
I have always loved writing and remember it was the only thing I was good at. Well probably not that good but I was better at it then Maths or catching a ball...shudder.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a warm fun story to tell about life as it is and life as it was. Oh and the afterlife and life after life...no biggie. I needed to tell it.
Published 2014-04-30.
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Books by This Author

Heart
Price: Free! Words: 83,740. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
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Three sixteen year old mismatched best friends inadvertently summon the soul of a lost WW1 teen soldier. Mayhem and madness are the natural result as the four work out you need HEART to solve an old mystery and to be a true friend.