Interview with Gwen Pierce-Jones

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote that was published was "Robert, The Boy with an Idea." It was the story of Robert Fulton as a young boy who always thought there must be a better way to go upstream when fishing with his friend.
What is your writing process?
An idea comes into my head and I think about it for a long time. Then I do research, take notes, and decide how to approach the story from a reader's perspective.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I always liked Winnie the Poo books and Beatrice Potter. On my first trip to England I had to visit Buckingham Palace and on my second trip I went to the Lake District to visit Beatrice Potter's home.
How do you approach cover design?
Estella's Diary was written by my Aunt Estella in 1915 so the covers of the Estella's Diary trilogy were designed to represent the covers of books printed in the early 1900's. I really don't like busy covers and as a writer I like bold type that is easy to read.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like historical fiction as well as a good mystery.
Why did you write Estella's Diary?
I found my aunt's diary when I was cleaning her house. She was not well and we moved her from her home in Florida to a nursing home near the family. I found her entries interesting and they gave me a peek into the life of young woman during the golden years of the early 1900's. I thought other readers would enjoy reading about her adventures.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Nook.
Published 2016-01-06.
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Books by This Author

Estella's Diary: Bachelors and Beaus, Alas, Will True Love Elude Me? (Volume III)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,650. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
In Volume III, Estella finds a steady beau. Could he be “the one?” Using Estella’s authentic diary entries and historical events, you’ll enjoy reading Estella’s account of a young woman’s life in 1915. After a day of husking corn, she’s off to The Bethlehem Dance Academy to meet friends and dance the night away. This, the last of a 3-volume trilogy, covers November and December.
Estella's Diary: Friends and Family, We Had a Jim Dandy Time (Volume II)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,630. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
After a glorious vacation with eight young women, Estella decides to get a job. She finds work at a local factory. After one day on the job, she writes, “I thought I had to get up and run from one end of the factory to the other.” Volume II, the second part of a 3-volume trilogy, covers September and October. Enjoy reading Estella’s authentic diary entries combined with historical events.
Estella's Diary: Catholic or Cousin, Woe is Mine (Volume I)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,810. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
It’s summer of 1915 when Estella begins her diary. She is twenty-one years old and enjoying life. Boyfriends are driving automobiles and everyone is dancing to the new jazz beat. Using Estella’s authentic diary entries and actual historical events, each chapter covers a single day in Estella’s life. Volume I, the first part of a 3-volume trilogy, covers June, July and August.