Interview with Gwyneth Williams

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I tend to be traditional and enjoy reading print books but I love my Kindle! When I travel, spend a weekend in the countryside, or have to sit in a doctor's office for any length of time, the kindle is my best friend.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me. Writing for pleasure is extremely satisfying but having readers enjoy my work and want to read more leaves me speechless. I love the interactivity and always look forward to hearing from, and writing for, fans!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Wales and England. That taught me that perspectives on reality can be very different from each other.
Describe your desk
My desk, a beautiful antique in my home office, in a delightful room filled with plants, books, photographs, and paintings, is typically covered with piles of papers, tea cups, pens, pencils, my computer, and frequently my three cats.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was little (school competitions, weekly essays, etc.). Being published never entered my mind. Much later, as an academic, it took me quite a while to have the courage to submit articles to so-called learned journals. Finally, I did and realized that my work was well received: both good and interesting. From then on, I never quite stopped writing (that includes some translation), but this is really my first official attempt at fiction.
What is your social security number?
Nice try!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simplicity, I think. Although a lot of work!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching the pile of pages grow.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What free time? Actually, reading, travel, cultural events, friends & family, cooking, and playing with my cats are a few of my favourite activities. Films and some evening T.V. - mainly mysteries - also consume my time.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes publishing easy. What I call a "turnkey" publishing solution of sorts. Very helpful and responsive staff, clear instructions and help files, several channels including retail, libraries and many e-book reader platforms. Just lovely! Were it not for Smashwords, I would probably not be publishing.
What are you working on next?
I have a few projects but a follow-up mystery novel is top of my list. I am also publishing some papers and those concern my academic work and then hopefully moving on to others that, for the moment, find themselves on the back burner.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Why feeding my cats, of course! My morning espresso doesn't hurt either.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Such a long list! Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons), Le silence de la mer (Vercors), Le monde indigo (Hélène Parmelin), Conversation en Sicile (Elio Vittorini.) but in the mystery field I would have to say that my favourite authors are Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, and Ngaio Marsh (one of whose novels I was literally reading when my second daughter decided to surprise the world and be born!), Jean-François Vilar (just great), Sue Grafton, Fred Vargas, Brigitte Aubert, Maud Tabachnik, and so many more...
Do you like chocolate?
Love dark ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ chocolate!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! It was a story about sheep (living in Wales and all...), but I was very young and it never occurred to me that I would one day be able to publish.
What is your writing process?
I don't know that I have a process. I start writing, on a computer nowadays, and let the sentences lead me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth, reviews in journals, newspapers, magazines, on the radio, online bookstores...
Who are your favorite authors?
Mysteries? Definitely Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, and Ngaio Marsh.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not at all. I was very very young. But I remember enjoying the mysteries, comic books and thrillers of my big brothers. Reading very very young and frequently was compulsory in my family...
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had an image one day, so I started telling a story about it, and a book was born. I also have always lived in a very diverse environment and wanted to express that.
Published 2014-10-06.
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