Hi All, I’m Jude, I live in France, retired here for nearly thirteen years. I have one memoir published, one fantasy novel and two children’s books, all on Amazon. My blog:
Q1 – What other authors are you friends with? and how do they help you become a better writer?
The writer/blogger I have most communication with is Jack Probyn. The best thing about our contact is
the sharing of ideas which often generates even more ideas. Jack is here: https://jackprobynbooks.com/
Q2 – If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Don’t be so impatient!
Q3 – When was that moment when you realized that language had power?
I don’t know the moment, but I would say that books and other writings have the power to invoke intense positive and negative emotions and reactions. People have been thrown in prison in the past for their written and outspoken beliefs. Words can wound as deeply as physical force.
Q4 – Who is your favourite author and why?
I really don’t have one. But if I was forced to choose it might be Stieg Larsson. I found The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy absolutely riveting. The characters especially were so vividly painted, the plot was superb, and I read the series twice – the only books I’ve ever read twice!
Q5 – How do you select names for your characters?
Whatever suits them. I make up names that sound right, sometimes taking a first or second name from a person I know that suits the part. The most difficult choice for names were for my fantasy novel – mostly because I’ve never met any trolls!
Q6 – If you didn’t write, what would you do?
More photography, more computer graphics, more motorcycling – but you’d have to cut my fingers off to stop me writing!
Q7 – What accomplishments do you want at the end of the year?
None. I live day to day. I no longer set goals, I just like to flow, because our life style makes that possible. My one little plan is to continue with the sequel to my fantasy novel in late autumn/winter.
Q8 – Why did you contact me to do this questionnaire?
I’m always drawn to questionnaires and I wondered what questions you would ask. But I also like to support my friend’s blogs and join in with new ideas, plus it will be interesting to see what other people have said in answer to the questions.