Interview with SJ Welsted

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Being a child of a foreign office worker, I grew up all over the place. We lived in a variety of cities, countries and cultures, moving every 3 or so years depending on how long my father's post lasted. When I hit my teenage years I stopped travelling with them and was put into boarding school. This was not only to help me concentrate, being smaller classes and supposedly more specialised, but also if they had to go away on post my GCSEs and A-levels wouldn't be affected.

I've always had an active imagination and right from childhood I have written stories, but it wasn't until my late 20s did I actually wrote a full length novel. I write from my dreams and from life itself and over the years I have found it relaxes my mind, often calming the storm that lies within.
When did you first start writing?
I have always written in some form since I was little. Being dyslexic sometimes has meant that I have found it hard to get down the creativity within my brain onto paper. Which is probably why I never really finished any of the stories I started.

When I wrote Mr. Right I Presume? I was at a point in my life when I was beginning to accept who I was and what I could do; including stopping caring quite so much what people thought about me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I wrote Mr Right I Presume? I was working in quite a stressful job, where there was all sorts of politics going on. There was no real juicy office gossip as what goes on in the story, but I have worked in many a place where it did happen.

Then one day I just started writing and the story went from there. As I wrote I discovered more about the main character Debbie and some of the situations and events are based on ones that have either happened to me or I have heard about through the grapevine. Sometimes I would have sections come to me in my dreams, others on my way to work and I would have to frantically write them down during my lunch break so that I didn't forget.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me it's actually discovering the characters and what road they will take and part they will play in the story. When I'm in the midst of a story it also helps to focus my normally random dreams and also give me something else to think about during my 1hr 20min commute to my day job.
What do your fans mean to you?
Since publishing Mr Right, I have been overwhelmed by the support that I have received, particularly when I express to people that I had to edit it myself as I could not afford to have it professionally done. In retrospect I should have probably waited until I did have enough money or had read it through several more thousand times until I was truly happy with the content, but what can I say I'm quite an impatient person.

I love writing and it's wonderful to know that people like to read and enjoy what I have written.
What are you working on next?
I've just had the sequel back from my editor (since Mr Right I have changed jobs and now have extra money!) and have a bit of work to do before it's ready for release.

I've got several other stories on the go, but they are in various stages of completion. One I'm having to do considerable work on as my editor has suggested that my bad guy just is not bad enough.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is always a hard question as there are simply too many and would hate to miss one out. However, I would say that the first books for me to rush and buy would be anything by Sir Terry Prachett, Peter V Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and more recently K.F. Breene. Their writing styles are all slightly different, but their characters always seem to come alive and I feel as though I am part of the story. That's what keeps me going back, that need to find out what happens next.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
During the winter months, not a lot. I'm quite disappointed that we humans decided that we didn't need to hibernate.

When the sun is out and the weather improves I just simply want to be apart of life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day job, which pays all the bills. That takes up about 11hrs of my day, but I do find time to go to the gym, spend time with my Bob, see friends and family, take photographs, bake cakes and all sorts of random dishes, walk and if I get really side tracked, video games.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Ebooks are still a new phenomenon for me. I have and always will be a book kinda girl. However since being given my Kindle, I have been able to read more purely because my Bob doesn't moan quite so much about the glow from the devise as he does about the bedside light being on. If I do disturb him and have to resort to going under the covers, it also doesn't mean getting out a torch. Although I do miss those days sometimes as it felt even more delicious that I was getting carried away with the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Small Gods by Terry Prachett - I just love the idea that Gods exisitence is directly reliant on how much someone truely believes and that the Great God Omis only a tiny tortoise because there is only really 1 person, Brutha, that truelly believes.
2. The King Chiller Chonicals by Patrick Rothfuss - couldn't pick one out of the two books as I love them both. The story of Kvothe is fascinating.
3. The Demon Cycle by Peter V Brett - again couldn't pick one out of the now 4 books. I love the fact that the story builds from the viewpoint of several characters.
4. Private Dancer by Kimberly Dean - I came across this book purely by accident when researching other romance stories that were to do with dancers. It's raunchy and so easy to read that I can just pick it up and get through it in a mater of hours and feel satisfied at the end.
5. Darkness by K.F. Breene - yet again cannot really pick one although the final one, Jonas, probably would be my favourite as he is actually my favourite character, however without the other books in the series it just wouldn't have the same effect.
Published 2015-04-12.
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Books by This Author

For the Love of Africa
Series: Adventures of Debbie McHewin. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 97,620. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Debbie is persuaded to tell of her adventures in Swaziland, Africa one night over dinner by her boyfriend and her two closest friends. She tells them of the game captures, safaris, conferences and life that she had, including the romance that developed between her and her employer, Luke. As she speaks, she relives each moment as if it was only yesterday.
Mr Right I Presume?
Series: Adventures of Debbie McHewin. Price: Free! Words: 91,060. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Contemporary Erotic Romance about a girl named Debbie who, like so many out there, is looking for Mr Right.