Interview with Lucy Abelson

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to reach a new world of readers who may want to read in any place at any time of day or night.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
my greatest joy in writing is the feeling that I am speaking to someone. As a child I was often ticked off for talking too much. When I write I know that a reader has the choice whether to listen to me or not. I love the notion that people may enjoy what I have to say, whether it is to live in my imaginary world with me or simply like my story.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have a special bond with readers who enjoy my work because they have shared my imaginary world.
What are you working on next?
I am engaged in writing a book of short stories on the theme of the leading story, "Remember Me". In my life there have been some memorable people, not famous but remarkable in some way. Some of these people are now dead. I am not writing biographies of them but I have picked out certain of their characteristics or incidents in their lives to make into a story. At the moment my working title for this collection is "For-get-me-nots?"
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to name but amongst those I like are John Le Carre, Nicolas Shakespeare, Margaret Drabble, Elizabeth Buchan, Marika Cobbold, C. D Sansom and many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love of my family
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Meeting friends, Dog walking, playing golf, reading, tinkling on the piano,
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read book reviews and follow people on twitter.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No - I can't remember when I first started telling stories and which was the first I committed to paper.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a set formula. Sometimes I'll write all morning or all evening. It just depends what else is on my agenda. I am a prolific dreamer at night and often wake up in the middle of the night with an idea that I must commit to paper. So I will get up in the niddle of the night and go to my study to write it down. Usually it's less than a paragraph but it will often be the exact phrase I've been searching for or the kernel of an idea for a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I have to admit I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton as a child.
How do you approach cover design?
I find an artist I like whose work is appropriate. She or he then reads the book and comes up with some ideas. I then chose the one I like best.
Published 2014-06-13.
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Books by This Author

Care Trap
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,900. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Strange happenings at a care home worry musician Isobel. When she befriends Nikki, a young female autistic resident, her concern increases with Nikki's bizarre aggressive behaviour. So when she stumbles across a care worker murdered in the woods, fingers point at Nikki and Isobel. To clear their names, she turns detective using her musical sensitivities to find the real culprit.
Crisis in a Surrey Harem
Series: Bisley Heath, Murder myster. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 95,740. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A traditional murder mystery story with a journalist as detective whose expertise is in animals social behaviour. Conflict arises from the use of precious heathland in Surrey where a rich debt collector wants to use the grounds of a golf club as a wildlife park. His pet wolf and vulture plus his four ex-wives are amongst the colourful characters which include golf club members.
Ancestral Hazard
Series: Bisley Heath, Detective mystery. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 96,460. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A traditional mystery story set in the English countryside. Traditional values espoused by the golf club president Lady Olga Brancaster conflict with lady captain Flick Challenger's modern standards. It reaches when journalist Impey Dalrymple introduces her friend TV celebrity Natty Bell to Lady Olga as the prominent golfer is battered and left for dead and Impey is called on to act as detective.
Murder in a Surrey Tribe
Series: Bisley Heath, Murder mystery. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 82,480. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Inn search of a safe haven from a sordid marriage, Impey joins a traditional country golf club. Owing to her skilled knowledge of animal societies, she finds herself drawn into the role of sleuth when the Vice Captain meets a sudden violent death. As she delves into the lives of the upper crust members li she finds nature is still raw, but if she dares reveal their secrets she risks her own refuge