Interview with Pauleen Novosel

What motivated you to become an author?
I have always enjoyed creating with words. From a young age, I wrote short stories and poetry, entering them in competitions and enjoying the unique pictures that words can paint so effectively in the mind of a reader. During my career in teaching, I had a special interest in encouraging children to write, particularly to use their imagination expressed in powerful words. I began to write non-fiction books in Literacy and Numeracy and Australian History some years ago. These were published and their success led me to try a fiction novel. The end product is exciting for me and I hope readers find my story a fulfilling read with characters that evoke empathy and curiosity in the reader.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the measurment of a successful read. Their enjoyment of my writing affirms that I have built believable situations and characters. Thrilling and satisfying my fans is the ultimate goal for my story! Please keep reading my books and I will keep writing more for you to enjoy.
What are you working on next?
I have two books that are in various stages of progress. They are stories of human strengths and frailties told in the narrative style of "Under Lamplight." The subject matter is very different in each of the stories I am working on, but the authentic, human characteristics that shape lives underpin each tale.
Who are your favorite authors?
I admire the original imagination of Markus Zusak. Others who feature in my 'favourites library' are Kate Morton, Ken Follett, Brendan Graham, Jennifer Donnelly and Belinda Alexandra.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to travel with my husband. We have visited many countries and find meeting the people in faraway places inspiring and educational. Most of my book 'Under Lamplight' was written during a three months stay in Canada. I also love music, shopping, markets and visiting with friends and family, especially our gorgeous grandchildren. But there is always something to write about - poetry, education ideas and of course, novels!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am learning many ways of discovering great ebooks through Smashwords and from other sites such as Apple iBooks and Amazon. I generally read the book description and select from my interest in historical fiction.
What is your writing process?
I store ideas for stories in my mind at first. Sometimes they are discarded or stay there as a possible start to a story. I build on that by giving the idea a title, developing a framework of chapters and usually knowing how the end will be crafted. I then set about developing the characters and plot in detail, building definite traits for my characters that readers can relate to. I have to be disciplined in sitting down to write and when I am in the zone, writing seems to flow easily. Of course, with historical fiction, there are a lot of hours spent in research for accurate portrayal of events or sometimes just for a simple, authentic word or sentence. There are also times when I have to get out of bed in the late hours to write an idea down so I will remember it in the morning!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I used to love the classic fairytales read to me when I was very small by my mother. However, one story which has had the lasting impact of its skill in developing character portraits through literary features of similes, metaphors and powerful verbs was a book about St George and the Dragon.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask my husband and eldest son. They are wonderful at it! I like to have a cover that represents the action within the pages.
What do you read for pleasure?
My reading taste has evolved over the years. I began with fairy tales and Beatrix Potter, moved on to Georgette Heyer in my early teens, then to Alistair McLean, Desmond Bagley and many others in my adult years. Now, I read all types of books, both fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy reading about other artists, writers and musicians, poetry, narratives and sometimes just about quirky literary tricks e.g. Tom Swifties
Published 2014-11-07.
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Books by This Author

Under Lamplight
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,340. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical
‘Under Lamplight’ is a story of ordinary people in extraordinary times. War uproots futures and changes directions and expectations. Love is the enduring emotion which strengthens resolve that adversity challenges. Spanning seven decades and thousands of geographical miles, ‘Under Lamplight’ shines its glow, sometimes harshly, sometimes gently into the deepest feelings of its characters.