Interview with Chloe Walsh

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Up until 2012, I was a paper back baby. I inhaled books when I had the chance.I was a stay at home mom to my two babies under two, and I honestly didn't have time to comb my hair, let alone figure out the marvellous word of new technology.

That changed when I become so engrossed in The Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare. I couldn't get enough, and her books were my very first eBook purchases.
After that I was hooked. I downloaded, Adobe Digital Editions and The Kindle App on my laptop and off I went.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was six, there was a competition in my primary school for the best book. I remember I wrote a small story about a pig call Chloe. I won and that my first taste of writing.

But I was fifteen before I wrote my first full novel; Finding Bev. It's still tucked away safely under my bed at home. :)
What is your writing process?
I write with a playlist. Music gets the juices flowing.
I usually scrawl away on word until something sticks out to me.
Then I develop the appealing character. Add a playlist and off I go.
Describe your desk
My desk is a disgrace, it truly is. It's cluttered with leads, and pieces of paper I've used to write notes down on, blank cd's, broken pens, you name it, you'll find it on my desk.

I do all my writing on my laptop, with an extension keyboard, and I honestly so try to keep it tidy, but when I get into a story, I'm like 'ehh'.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the countryside of West Cork, in the South of Ireland until I was eleven, when my mother moved us into the town.
I can safely say, that move had one of the biggest impacts of my life on me.

I was a country girl through and through, and found it difficult to adjust to the sudden lack of privacy. I hid my nose in books because of this.

My family was also what you would call 'a blended one', with my both parents having been married previously. I had a whole load of half-siblings, and a insecurity of where I fit in. I guess that's what influences my style of writing. I'm all about the underdog, or the outcast.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember when I started, I just always remember having a pencil and a copy book as a child, plotting and scheming away.
I was fourteen before I got serious with it though.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Break My Fall is based on the relationship between shy, insecure Lee Bennett, and her gorgeous hot-headed new roommate Kyle Carter.

It begins with Lee arriving on her old friends Cam's doorstep, looking for a place to stay. The reasons and motives for her being there reveal throughout the book. In the story Lee is coming from a sheltered home life, and a horrible secret. She finds herself drawn to Cam's roommate Kyle, and sparks fly from there.
The book is written from the point of views of both Kyle and Lee, because I think it's important to the reader to having an understanding of the main man in a romance novel. I had such fun writing Kyle. He was the first male character I have attempted to portray.

I didn't think up this story too much, it just kind of poured out of me. It's 76,000 words, and I wrote it in just under six weeks. The character's just came to life easily in my head, which made writing their story so important.

I'm still having a hard time getting back into a regular sleep pattern, because I barely slept more than a couple of hours a night during the process. It was one of those 'have to write, can't stop' stories. They're hard to come by.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never really thought I would publish anything in the first place. I'm shy like that. For years I would work on a story, perfect it to the best of my ability, and then when it came time to go further, I would freeze, and either rip it up or delete it.

A good friend of mine had read Break My Fall, and demanded I publish it. She said people needed to hear the story.
I self published that day.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Definitely, I followed Marks you tube help guides to a tee. If I hadn't, I would be still be here, screaming at the computer. There is a lot of freedom with Smashwords, that you don't always get with other places. I'm grateful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love weaving That's my term for when my story flows well between mixed character POVs. I love getting lost inside a story I'm weaving. Even though I'm writing it, I still get surprised when this person does this, or what not.

The best feeling in the world though has to be when a stranger contacts me, telling me they loved my book, or they love Kyle.
I get a lot of 'I really hate that Rachel' which makes me smile. I know they're interpreting the story the way I wanted.
What do your fans mean to you?
The people who take the time out of their lives to read my stuff are incredible. I truly mean that. And I love getting feedback, it helps push me forward. So far, I am awed and overwhelmed by the positive response I have received. It's kind of a pinch me moment.

There is no greater feeling than having your word liked and understood. I appreciate every single person who has read Break My Fall and made it so successful.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the sequel to Break My Fall. I'm taking my time with it, because this time around, I have an audience of people waiting, and not just myself. I hope to have it out by the end of March this year.

I also have a supernatural romance that I've been working on with a year. It's more of Young Adult than New Adult, so it should be interesting to see how it will be taken.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read many different genres, and have quite a few favourites.

Some of my favourites are Charlaine Harris, Josephine Angelini,
Jennifer L. Armetrout., Abbi Glines, Coleen Hoover and Jessica Sorensen.
Published 2014-02-21.
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