Interview with Hannah Brown

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called "Something for Monday morning" and was based on the life of an older colleague who taught me a lot about teaching.
What is your writing process?
When I wrote Waiting for tomorrow, I began with the section after the prologue, then I wrote the last chapter before the epilogue. Then I spent years writing the rest of it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a child, I read lots of Enid Blyton, which made me feel I led a very dull life. I remember discovering Little Women and What Katy did, which opened up the wider experience of reading fiction set in other times and places.
How do you approach cover design?
With great difficulty. I needed someone to make my cover.
Who are your favorite authors?
Alice Munro, Kate Atkinson, Michael Connelly, Curtis Sittenfeld, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Austen, Colm Toibin, Julia Crouch, Mari Jungstedt, William Boyd, Sue Miller.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The cat demanding to be fed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working 2 days a week, supporting literacy in a High School. Working on family history projects, meeting with friends.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as an only child in the post-war years. I spent a lot of time in the company of predominantly female relatives. As a result, I have absorbed their particular speech patterns and topics of interest which, I hope I have managed to re-create accurately in Waiting for Tomorrow.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The social background of Waiting for Tomorrow is similar to my own, even though the events portrayed are, for the most part, fictitious. I wanted to create what it was like, to be a particular female individual living at that time and in that place, in an attempt to show how the various influences - environmrntal psychological and social - can determine how a character might develop.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The social background of Waiting for Tomorrow is similar to my own, even though the events portrayed are, for the most part, fictitious. I wanted to create what it was like, to be a particular female individual living at that time and in that place, in an attempt to show how the various influences - environmrntal psychological and social - can determine how a character might develop.
Published 2014-02-17.
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Books by This Author

Waiting For Tomorrow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,940. Language: British English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Coming of age
Brenda Wilson is a baby -boomer, living with her parents, on a desolate Northern English estate where they have been rehoused after the war.The family's journey out of this environment is told against the background of the great social changes of the post-war years.