Author Name: Janet Gogerty
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Beachwriter
Title of Novel: Brief Encounters of the Third Kind
Q1. How long have you been writing? And what was the first thing you can remember writing?
I have been writing seriously for eight years and seeing your second question this memory has just come back to me. In scripture lessons at school we had dinky little note books. On one page we had to do a drawing and on the opposite page the story in our own words. I loved doing that. But I was always disappointed that Bible stories lacked something and realise now what it was – not enough background story and characterisation!
Q2. Did you always want to be a writer?
In the loft is a box with notebooks. As a teenager I started jotting about everyday things, having read this was what prospective writers should do. Every now and then I would say to friends ‘I’m going to write a book. about that.’
That was as far as I got, not brave enough to declare I was going to be a writer. But many jobs and family life later at least I have got a lot to write about!
Q3. How did you feel when you were writing this book?
This was my first novel and I e-mailed chapters for my sister to read, so it was encouraging that she enjoyed them. Most of all I felt excited not knowing for sure what was going to happen.
Q4. How long did it take to write?
Difficult to say, several years from start and a lot of editing down, removing sub plots, changing chapters around. Also I was on a steep learning curve on the technical front as I had never worked with computers before. The most important thing I learned was that nothing is set in stone till the moment you press Publish on Amazon Kindle.
Q5. Do you have a special place where you go to write?
I write ( well scribble) in long hand first and I enjoy doing that anywhere; in the garden,at our beach hut , in coffee shops, on holiday. if I am out without a pen or notebook in my bag it is an emergency. My first novel was all typed on a lap top on the dining table. Now I have my own computer in a corner of the bedroom – Command Control Centre.
Q6. When you begin writing, did you ever think you’d get to where you are now?
I haven’t got there yet!
Fantastic interview Janet! I loved hearing about your journey as a writer and I wish you the best of luck for the future!
Bio: I haven’t decided what to do when I leave school yet, so for now I’m going to stick to writing. I have lived on both sides of the world, done all sorts of jobs and have many interests; I don’t think I’ll ever run out of ideas for writing.To rest my brain I enjoy gardening and knitting, both in bright colours. We go to a camera club, but I just sell the raffle tickets – I don’t DO technical – just point and shoot; you can see some of the results on my website.