Writing Wednesday: Author Interview

Iza MacleodAuthor Name: Iza MacLeod

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Buenos-D%C3%ADas-Lucy-London-1499561123590166/

Twitter Handle: @IzaMacleod

Title of Novel: Buenos Dias Lucy London

Q1. How long have you been writing? And what was the first thing you can remember writing?

Since 2011.

I remember writing stories at junior school and being told I was a great story teller.

I also wrote poetry through my teens.

The first manuscript I wrote was in 2011 for my first fictional novel, Buenos Dias Lucy London.

Q2. Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes, the desire to write a novel started in my late teens and grew and grew as I became older until I found time to write my first novel after I’d been in hospital for a month and was unable to work.

My novel occupied my mind when I had nothing to do at home, and brought happiness and positivity after a very difficult time. My novel felt like my saviour.

Q3. How did you feel when you were writing this book?

I felt passionate about writing Buenos Dias Lucy London. The book began based on my experiences of learning Spanish in Argentina but then as I invented scenarios and became more creative, I became more engrossed in it.

When I wrote my second novel, Katie Cannes, I was staying in a remote area of Buenos Aires with only the company of my dog during the day. I was so absorbed by the characters that they began to feel like my friends, and that I had a real social life. When I finished the book I felt a bit lonely. It was a strange feeling.

Q4. How long did it take to write?

I felt passionate about writing Buenos Dias Lucy London. The book began based on my experiences of learning Spanish in Argentina but then as I invented scenarios and became more creative, I became more engrossed in it.

When I wrote my second novel, Katie Cannes, I was staying in a remote area of Buenos Aires with only the company of my dog during the day. I was so absorbed by the characters that they began to feel like my friends, and that I had a real social life. When I finished the book I felt a bit lonely. It was a strange feeling.

Q5. Do you have a special place where you go to write?

No. I just need to be alone in a room with no distractions of work or from people. My husband needs to be busy, and my financial situation needs to be good, so that I have no worries or thoughts to take my mind off the task of writing my novel. I need to be settled in a place (I move around a lot (from country to country), or have done over the last few years, so I need to have spent a short time getting to know the area (a few weeks are enough), so that I know where I can get everything I need (gluten free vegan supplies, for example).

Q6. When you begin writing, did you ever think you’d get to where you are now?

It was so self gratifying to finish my first novel that I knew from that moment that I would always continue to write, whether it brings financial success or not. As an indie author my funding comes from my hard work as a freelance event manager/English teacher, therefore I have to take time out to earn a living between writing my books. I enjoy working – I love teaching and event managing so I have no issues with continuing with these careers. However, writing fiction is my passion, and my dream job would be to write full time as a professional novelist.

Thanks so much Iza for sharing your writing journey with me. The book sounds amazing and I wish you the best of luck in writing the next!

 

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