Interview with Iris Alderson

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in my late teens. I've always loved the written word, and from an early age had many favorite authors whose books I adore.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and gardening.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love e-books. My late husband James surprised me one Christmas with an e-reader. Since then I have downloaded over 800 books. Yes. eight hundred.

The wonderful thing about the e-reader is that there are many books on the market today that would not have been published by major publishers many years ago, specifically because they did not meet the publishers (so-called) requirements. Wonderful books on all subjects - are easy to download and are affordable as well. This is a great time to be a reader and writer, even though the market is ever changing.
What is your writing process?
I write every day. Once in a while I miss a day, but not often. Writing is a job. A job I love. I do a lot of re-writing. I believe good writing is "re-writing." I take time to search out just the right word to say what a whole sentence can say. I tend to write long, so I cut ruthlessly any word that doesn't do or say what I want it to.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was born and raised in England. As such, I am sure many are familiar with the works of Enid Blyton the children's author who wrote the Famous Five Series and the Secret Seven books. Books I loved and still have fond memories of today.

From those early books of Enid Blyton, I developed a love for stories and the written word, along with a dream of being a writer myself some day.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook e-reader and love it.
Describe your desk
Untidy. Filled with scraps of papers and ideas, as well as writing in progress.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As I said earlier, I was born and raised in England, where I developed the love of the written world. In the small town I grew up in, we had no public library at the time. Books were not plentiful and were too expensive to buy. Imagine the joy when our town opened a small lending library, which turned out to be my favorite place growing up.

Who can imagine being able to browse through and borrow any books for free.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has opened up a whole new world to writers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the process as well as the satisfaction of finish a piece. With more than 250 Christian articles in print and knowing they may help others is a great joy.

It's hard to imagine sometimes that in a certain publication where my work appeared, they had a readership of over two million readers world wide. It is a joy to spread the gospel message through the written word.
What are you working on next?
I am presently working on a book that will hopefully help those who are going through the grief process.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote is still sitting in my desk drawer. It was called the Lace Maker - a 300 page historical novel set in England.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest is book is being taken from my journal. It is my grief journey after the loss of my husband after 49 years of marriage. Hopefully this will be of help to many others.
Published 2013-09-15.
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Books by This Author

Keyboard Magic - For Writers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Western
This one of a kind, informative book is written in an easy to understand style. It is especially designed to help make the writer's life easier by introducing a form of shorthand/speed writing that is done directly on the keyboard. Each page contains a wealth of information to guide the reader to a more efficient way of working on the keyboard.