Interview with Petra Cane

What is your writing process?
This was mostly written while I still worked full time so it was an evening thing... I tried to write 2-3 nights per week and aimed for 1500 words per session. I would think things through in quiet moments and make notes if possible and then usually forget all about them when it came to writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I tried to get a few items that represented some of the story and think how to combine them, I was concerned to not have a cover that looked trashy so I avoided using anything that would look out of place. The text was designed to reflect the colours of the items used but kept simple to allow foe easy reading on a small thumbnail image.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love humorous books, especially with slightly over the top plots...I think I have quite a sense of the ridiculous which I found hard to keep out of my writing, several times I wrote something and then had to expunge the lot because it was too farcical. It explains the running joke theme, at least 2 of them happened to a friend who will necessarily remain nameless.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am an Apple nut so it has been the iPad. I still love real books though.
Describe your desk
Chaos! I have a glass corner desk which has my Mac Pro underneath with a screen balanced on a bookcase behind... In front of it is a mixing desk which we use for recording music and in front of that is the keyboard and trackpad all set up for film editing...the whole lot is usually buried under loads of paper.
When did you first start writing?
After leaving college where I wrote for the college newspaper I hadn't written for years until I was in my 30's, a few articles over a couple of years were all I could find time for but long evenings with my, then, baby son asleep by my side caused me to just start writing... I was 6 chapters in before I realised that I wanted to have a go for real.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As a lawyer I have loads of stories from my days in court, I know though that these can be boring for others, most rely on being there at the time. The first chapter was written quite quickly and I realised that there was a need for at least one other, completely non-legal, story too otherwise it would be just another legal novel. As my son was small I was reading loads of books and ran out of my own so I picked up a couple of books by Catherine Alliott. As I pushed myself to write more I realised that Sarah needed friends who were outside of the law so I changed Lucy's role and added in Karyn as a contrast to her.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The opportunity to make people laugh, early drafts had relatives laughing at things they recognised as being bits of me or things I experienced. I think all authors want to touch a chord with readers, I think the magic of that is magnified when comedy is involved because there is a physical reaction not just an emotional one.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love history and watch loads of TV shows about archaeology, I still work to pay the bills so I need to do loads for that too but at least I have the flexibility to work when I want.
Published 2015-10-16.
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Books by This Author

Courting Fate
Price: Free! Words: 98,920. Language: British English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Sarah Rabb is a barrister who's work has always got in the way of relationships. As she receives her biggest case yet she meets Milo Mottram, standoffish and arrogant barrister with a supermodel girlfriend, and Richard, a muscular sporty businessman. Dealing with her cases, plus her best friends career meltdown and her flatmates failing relationship she must decide between the two men.