When I first started writing many years ago (yes, I am getting quite old now), I believed there was only one sort of writer. I had that classic stereotype in my mind, of the dedicated, furrow-browed literary type, working frantically on their ‘Murder She Wrote’-style typewriter and getting through piles of cigarettes and alcohol.
Most books require some level of research; even if it’s just basic knowledge of a place or culture. However, some novels need serious time dedicated to digging through publications, websites, archives and videos. It’s taxing…but very rewarding too!
My latest project (yep, the one I said was unpublishable) is set in Dartmoor. Come to think of it, the last three books I’ve worked on have all been too. But trust me, if you ever get to visit the place, you’ll immediately understand the appeal.
I have a confession to make. I’m one of those frustrating authors who can’t settle to a genre or style (though admittedly, most of my books seem to feature the supernatural in some form or another!).