Author Name: Terri Nixon
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/terri.nixon.page
Twitter Handle: @TerriNixon
Title of Novel: The Battle of Lynher Mill (The Lynher Mill Chronicles, book 3)
Q1. How long have you been writing? And what was the first thing you can remember writing?
I’ve been writing, like most of us, for as long as I can remember… possibly before that! I’ve kept one of my very first school writing books, and I recently dug it out, and found a little rhyme in it about rhubarb crumble and how nice it is. I know this is a work of fiction, because I can’t STAND rhubarb!
Q2. Did you always want to be a writer?
Absolutely, yes. Right the way through school I was the one writing a form of “fan-fic” for my friends, putting them in romantic or exciting situations with the boys they fancied! The boys had absolutely no say in the matter, I remember! I loved essay assignments, and got my first (probably only, if I’m honest!) A+ for a children’s story I wrote in Child Care studies. So I might not be great at looking after kids, but by ‘eck I can tell ’em a great bedtime story!
Q3. How did you feel when you were writing this book?
This book gave me really mixed feelings. It’s the third in a trilogy I have lived with for getting on for twenty years, but only began publishing in 2013. (Unlike my other books, this series is self-published) So the feeling that these characters would soon be ending their journey was both a sad one, and a wildly exciting one. I’d led them through an awful lot, and now I was letting them get on with it, and it was so important that I left them in a fitting situation. By the end of the book I felt, at least, that the ending wasn’t a huge anti-climax, so that was a relief! But I’ve deliberately left a few minor threads hanging, because I just couldn’t let go! The story is wound up, but there is scope for some short stories, or maybe even another novel, so my feeling now is one of tentative excitement to re-visit my new friends!
Q4. How long did it take to write?
This book was one of the quickest I have ever written. I had to fit it in around a full-time job, a family, and the books I write for publishers, and all my novels come out between 110-120 thousand words, so they’re not small! I think, from initial notes to completion of the first draft , this one took around 8 months. With stoppage time!
Q5. Do you have a special place where you go to write?
No, I sit on my sofa, with my laptop on a small card table that I can push against the wall when I (eventually) finish for the day! My sofa is quite high, and firm, and a strategically-placed memory foam backrest has meant I can sit in one place for hours. And hours, and hours. Thank goodness!
Q6. When you begin writing, did you ever think you’d get to where you are now?
I always dreamed of it, who hasn’t? But dreams and expectations are poles apart in the cold light of day, and I never really dared hope those little fantasies might come true. My biggest dream of all is about to be realised though; my debut novel, (Maid of Oaklands Manor) which was released in e-book two years ago through Piatkus, is finally going to print and should be in my favourite shops in the world (Waterstones and WH Smiths) from March 24th 2016. Once I see it on the shelves, I’ll KNOW I’ve made it!
Thanks Terri! It’s great to hear about your new book and your experiences as a writer. I can’t wait to see more of you’re work out there.