Interview with Jean Hendy-Harris

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I guess old fashioned hard slog.....emailing around information and hoping people bother to read it. It works reasonably well if you keep at it!
Describe your desk
It varies but at the moment I am sitting at a `build-it-yourself' plastic construction from Freedom Furniture, Broadway, Newmarket.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an industrialised area of North Kent, by the Thames river.
When did you first start writing?
As a seven or eight year old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the second part of a memoir - the first part was completed over a year ago and it's taken a while to get going on the second part. However, I'm delighted to say that the second draft is finished.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that once you get over the initial hump - which is a bit like throwing yourself of a cliff, you get the most enormous sense of freedom and autonomy.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By being easy to manage and reliable. The website is nice and easy to use once you get going and seems to contain fewer hitches, glitches and bugs that plague other sites; not just publishing sites but places that should not provide problems liked Energy Companies, Banks, On-line shopping, etc. Far too often the sign-in process `fails' or is sluggish but with Smashwords this has never happened to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To be able to step outside the mundane for a few hours, go into a parallel existence.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having fans if indeed they are out there, is fantastic. I love every one of them!
What are you working on next?
Not quite decided yet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh dear, difficult question: Joanna Trollope, Margaret Drabble, Liza Picard, A.N.Wilson for starters.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's not actually that easy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, walking, meeting friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing.....and word of mouth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called `The Magic Christmas Tree' and was about a truly festive little tree that grew gifts and candles on its branches.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I do, it was about a rabbit called Peter (aren't they all?) and it was too difficult for me. I remember being very dissatisfied because I could not read all the words.
How do you approach cover design?
With trepidation. I usually reach out for help.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Diaries of Samuel Pepys - love every volume because of the way he conjures up life in London in the 1660s. I have read them again and again over the years and never tire of them.
What do you read for pleasure?
Social history, poetry, novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What is your writing process?
I don't have a process as such. It's just a case of sitting down and getting on with it which isn't always easy.
Published 2014-06-09.
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Books by This Author

More than Just Skeletons
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 59,680. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Stories from a shared childhood east of London in the years following WWII, of overwhelming poverty, food rationing and shortages, neediness and overcrowding, a memoir of a time that is now almost forgotten.
In Disgrace With Fortune: A Chronicle of Harlotry
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 90,210. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In the 1960s Jean takes up the life of a show girl and meets Stephen Ward and the Kray Twins. She falls in love with Vidar who is fascinated by the occult and deviant sex and when she becomes pregnant insists their child is aborted. Leaving him she works in a deviation brothel and writes child care articles. Finally she marries a New Zealand doctor proving a fortune teller was totally accurate.
Eight Ten to Charing Cross
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 46,820. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In the second part of her memoir of growing up in industrial North Kent, Jean continues her story now as a teenager in the 1950s. Yearning to escape the confines of her working class family and a mundane future as an office worker via a fast track to fame and fortune she settles for the reflected glory of typing for the rising stars of popular music and her rich fantasy life remains.
Chalk Pits & Cherry Stones
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 63,510. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
This is a memoir about growing up in an industrialized riverside area of North Kent in the nineteen forties and fifties. It was a time of food rationing and shortages, air raid warnings and Doodlebugs, cheerful poverty and overcrowding where of necessity the local chalk pits and bomb sites became familiar playgrounds.
Deceived By Faith
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 98,380. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Bernadette had tried for forty years to forget the wrongs done to her younger more naive self but when a chance encounter with the past emerges via the internet, the temptation for revenge becomes too great to resist.