Interview with Avie Bennett

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally on Twitter and on book blogs.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
God, yes - some dreadful thing in an English literature assignment when I was about twelve. I thought it was brilliant but in hindsight I feel sorry for the teacher who had to mark it. It was about a guy and a girl who grew up together and I thought that having a Ford Fiesta was akin to owning a Porsche and thirty-two was a grand old age to reach. Well, I mean - it's not bad but it's a third of the life I hope to have!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, although I have tried and cannot find the name of the book, or the author. I guess I must have read the story circa 1983/4 and it was about a girl who developed Anorexia. It has stayed with me for life, as a lot of other stories have, but it was the first one that really made an impression on me. I guess it shocked me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What do you read for pleasure?
Guilty pleasure is chick lit and ahem .. erotica. Head-fixing stuff is a little more intellectual and questioning. A great example of that is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. It's short, but leads you to question the impact your decisions have had on other people's lives.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many! I love Louise Douglas and Jojo Moyes and their ability to make the depth of their characters come through. I love Marianne Keyes - you always know you'll be getting a book that is unputdownable. But I also love authors such as Julian Barnes for his ability to make you think and authors such as Audrey Niffenegger and Alice Sebold who tell a relatively conventional story in the most unconventional way. I could go on for hours about other authors. So I'll stop there.
What is your writing process?
I do like to have a structure to work from. So once I have the idea, I'll do a storyline synopsis and sketch out the beginning and end. Then I'll go about devising the characters and their personality - this all goes into what I call my "assistant document". I'll then break the story's timeline down and write any relevant dates alongside the chapter breakdown that I prepare. Next, I'll fill in a little paragraph by each chapter - this often changes, so my assistant document is a work-in-progress throughout the writing process. For kicks, I like to track the changes in this and then compare it after the story has been finished and edited!

But at the end of the day, it really depends on the story. My debut novel, The Couple on the Green had been developing in my head for a long time, so I kind of knew the whole script to that already - although there were surprises that popped into my head as I wrote. My next novel is another idea that has been around for a while, although it didn't have such a defined storyline in my head. If it's a subject that I know well, then I'll do any additional research on the way through. If it's a subject that I'm not familiar with, then I'll research it thoroughly first and then set about writing. I like to get as many words as will tumble out of my head onto the screen and carry on telling the story. I'll generally then edit and cut it around after I've finished the first draft. And boy, do I like to edit harshly before it goes anywhere near my editor!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Erm, honestly? The fact that if I don't get up, my children will tear the house apart in the hunt for food less suitable than I would otherwise choose for their breakfast! I'm not a morning person by choice, but as a parent - well, lazy mornings are a choice that you leave at the door to the maternity ward.
How do you approach cover design?
My sister's a graphic designer. It kind of helps! I have an artistic background myself, so I generally have a strong idea of how it should look. I then set about translating my thoughts into something tangible for my sister to work with.
Describe your desk
really? Dear God. And I have to be honest?
Ok. Messy. VERY!
When did you first start writing?
I'm so verbose that I probably started writing at around age ten and just never stopped. Even in everyday life, I find that writing helps clarify my thoughts - whether it's a list or a personal email or letter.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Completing a story that's been screaming out to be told in my head. Sharing my thoughts with anyone in the world who cares to read them, vicariously through well-written characters!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As with everything else in life such as photography, music, film and TV - the online arena is becoming the preferred choice of future generations. Although I do still love to hold a book, it is feeling increasingly awkward when I could be holding a kindle instead. No place-losing, easy and instant access to an author's next book when you finish and still can't get enough. I just believe that the future is pretty-much digital. Whether or not I like the fact is another matter entirely!

I also enjoy the freedom that it gives me. If I feel that a certain theme or section needs to stay in, then it stays in. If I feel that I'm covering a subject area that is tricky, I can explore it without fear of being told it's unsuitable or not for my target audience.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Otherwise, writing would really be an extension of talking to myself. Although, incidentally, I do happen to be rather good at that ;)
What are you working on next?
My second novel called 'A Departing of Fate' - another romance novel but once again with twists that real life generally puts upon people before they achieve a HEA.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Procrastinating, time-wasting, decorating the house (I love to change things around), talking to friends - my friends are hugely important to me. Seeing family - again, very important to me. Watching films and overdosing on TV-series such as The Big Bang Theory and Homeland by saving up a whole series and watching them in one sitting! In total contrast to that, I love being outdoors - so we go on long walks as a family, I run (less than I should) for health and I love photography and using natural light to create images. I love cooking, so I'll often have friends round for supper and I love seeing the world, going on holiday and exploring the place we've chosen to visit.
Published 2013-10-23.
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Books by This Author

The Couple on The Green
Price: $1.60 USD. Words: 77,850. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
(5.00 from 1 review)
Isobel and James are the couple everyone wants to be; wildly in love, compatible in every way and caught up in the sexually adventurous haze of young love, but just as they accept this life as theirs forever it is torn away from them. Theirs is the tale of an all-encompassing love-of-a-lifetime ...