Interview with Pauline McKelvey

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I look after my plants, take photographs, walk in nature and go swimming whenever I can. Also read a lot.
What is your writing process?
Lengthy. I go over the words again and again to make sure they are as clear and as economical as possible.
How do you approach cover design?
With lots of ideas and the help of a good graphic designer.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books about gardens, landscaping, flowers and floral art, classics of fiction and English poetry.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Sydney, Australia. In relation to gardening, the climate allows gardeners to grow just about anything they want.
Why do you write?
Firstly, because I enjoy it. Secondly, I want to share my knowledge and empower people by teaching practical skills, particular those of growing their own food.
What is your experience as a writer?
I started my writing career in trade journalism. This was a good training in the skill of making technical subject matter clear and easy to read. Freelance work in my areas of interest such as food growing, food supply, horticulture and gardens, human nutrition and arts and crafts followed on. I also write occasional essays, radio scripts, short stories and poetry.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think indie e-book publishing is the best way to reach as wide an audience as possible. Readers can find out more about a book they are thinking about buying before they decide on it. Exposure is world-wide and authors can communicate more fully with readers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes the process of e-book publishing pretty straightforward and offers authors all the support they could wish for.
How did you learn gardening?
I started by watching my father. He grew food for the family in a backyard vegetable plot and my first skills were learned by watching what he did. Later in life I experimented with my own garden and grew fruit trees. My horticultural education was greatly advanced by working with experienced organic growers at a centre for environmental education (University of Western Sydney). I learned about proper soil care and the principles of sustainability. I’m still learning.
Published 2013-12-01.
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