Interview with Christine Doran

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote a book and it needed to get out and about.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, it's giving me a platform to publish.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When something new comes out of thin air and appears on the page, or the story takes a turn I wasn't expecting - that's when the magic happens.

Also, I enjoy the chocolate biscuits I eat with my numerous work-related cups of tea.
What are you working on next?
I've written the sequel to my first book but it's still in rough first-draft form, so I need to edit that, stat. I have notes for book three in my head and my notebook, but nothing written yet. And I'm about 30,000 words into a brand new book that's very different from Lilac but I'd love to offer to the same readers when it's completed.

In between writing I bake a lot of muffins, pick up my children's messes, and sometimes edit other people's writing, so those all count too.
Who are your favorite authors?
Quite honestly I've never loved any authors as well as I did the ones who started me off on this path - the books I read in my youth and continue to discover now that I'm a little older than that.
LM Montgomery
Noel Streatfield
KM Peyton
Rick Riordan
Ursula LeGuin
JK Rowling
Antonia Forrest, to name just a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that someone has to make the sandwiches for the lunchboxes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making the sandwiches for the lunchboxes.
That reminds me, I have to run up a batch of pumpkin muffins before tomorrow morning.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire, when I can wrest it out of some Minecraft player's hands.
Describe your desk
It's my kitchen table. Right now it has a green hairbrush (not mine), two paperbacks, my Kindle Fire, some birthday present thank-you notes that need to be sent, a red pen, and some random pieces of paper on it. That's quite tidy, really.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up just south of Dublin, in Ireland. I don't think anyone can write without first going inside themselves and seeing where they came from, and I've been writing about Ireland ever since I left it.
What is your writing process?
Sit down. Stand up. Put on the kettle. Open Word. Clean something. Check Facebook. Open the document. Run away quickly before it sees me looking at it. Make a cup of tea. Find some chocolate. Look at the document. Close my eyes. Put my fingers on the keyboard. Take them off to drink some tea. Put them back. Type something.
Published 2016-05-12.
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Books by This Author

Lilac Blue
Series: Lilac the Girl. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,120. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Lilac Blue is the third book in the Lilac the Girl series, a quirky-sweet tale of an Irish schoolgirl. Lilac is reading her granny’s recently discovered diary looking for comfort and guidance, but what she finds there raises more questions than it answers. For independent readers aged 9-12 and up.
Lilac in Scarlet
Series: Lilac the Girl. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,840. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: April 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Ten-year-old Lilac sometimes feels as if she spends her life going from one mortifying event to the next, with barely a pause between. But there's a mystery to solve and a burglar to catch: can Lilac and her friends save the day, or will Lilac be scarlet once again? Lilac in Scarlet is the second book of the Lilac the Girl trilogy, a series set in Ireland for independent readers aged 9 to 12.
Lilac in Black and White
Series: Lilac the Girl. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,920. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Ten-year-old Lilac lives by the sea with her big, bounding puppy, Guzzler. When her class takes a trip to the local aquarium Lilac decides on a mission, and while the town rallies to raise money for the building, she and her friends embark on a madcap crusade to rescue the penguins. A delightful tale of whimsical adventure for discerning readers of 9-12, and the first of three books about Lilac.