I’m really delighted and honoured to welcome author Carol Hedges into my blog today for quite an entertaining festive Q&A session.
It’s that time of year once more. Sleigh bells jingle, coloured lights twinkle and your halls are decked with boughs of holly.
And just when you think it simply couldn’t get more festive, one of Twitter’s very funny and totally loveable historical fiction writers visits your blog site!
So pour the mulled wine, load up your plate with mince pies and settle back for some cracking Christmas fun and frolics.
What will you be reading over the Christmas period?
I’m hoping Santa Husband will buy me the new Steff Penney novel Under a Pole Star. I love her portrayals of bleak icy landscapes and her spare prose style. I also have a new Victorian book called Inconvenient People, about how men and women were placed in asylums by their nearest and dearest for various (usually financial) reasons. Bit of an eclectic mix this year!
Looking back over your literary life, what’s your biggest regret?
I think not self-publishing sooner. Obviously when I started out, there wasn’t the opportunity ~ unless you went via the vanity publisher route. Since January 2016, I’ve started my own imprint, Little G Books, and all my 4 (soon to be 5) Victorian crime fiction books are now self-published. I’m lucky to have the help of my husband and eagle-eyed SIL who edit and proof read. And my good friend David Baird who designs my covers for me.
I know self-publishing isn’t for everybody ~ it’s hard work, and learning how to format and upload to Amazon and Createspace was a STEEP learning curve, but the satisfaction of achieving it was immense! And I’m really looking forward to sharing Smoke & Mirrors with everybody next Autumn.
What’s your biggest extravagance?
I’m not going to say books, because I borrow most of them from local libraries or get them secondhand from Oxfam. So I’d probably have to say my 2 adorable grandchildren. Can’t resist spending on them. Terrible, but there you are! If you are a grandparents, you’ll know how it goes: Money talks: mine says goodbye.
When was the last time you lost your temper?
I think post Brexit, not a day goes past when I haven’t lost my temper! The deliberate targeting of ‘migrants’ by the ghastly popular press, the posturings of Mr Shambassador Farage, the total reluctance to LEARN the lessons from the past..oh, the list is endless. Sadly. I just hope we will come to our senses and start being ‘human’ again.
What from your past would you like to delete?
A pair of purple velvet hot-pants that I wore in the 1960s. Noooooooooooooo.
Who owes you an apology?
My ex-agent, who told me that Diamonds & Dust was so appalling that she wouldn’t even bother sending it out to any publishers. 84 reviews later, and with all four books in the series successfully published and selling well, I’d like to see her face.
Who or what would go in your Room 101?
Donald Trump, and anybody who is cruel to animals.
Tell us a secret
I can play the flute.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
That I am always gregarious and love being the life and soul of the party. I actually prefer my own company. What you see on Twitter isn’t the ‘real’ me.
Who would you like to give a lovely Christmas present to?
Just one? Impossible. Apart from my family, I’d love to give presents to all my supportive Twitter friends, who have bought, read and reviewed my books, let me invade their blogs (always hazardous), offered me help and advice when I needed it, and kept me smiling through the dark times. You all know who you are. And you are greatly loved.
What is your biggest life lesson?
That age is just a number. I started a blog and joined Twitter age 62. I changed literary genre (from teenage to adult) aged 63. I survived breast cancer aged 64. I’d hate to look back and think: I wish I’d …… Whatever the future holds, I hope I shan’t have any regrets.
Carol’s Historical Fiction books
Thanks Carol. I’ve really enjoyed your visit to my blog. Thanks for stopping by.
Best wishes to you and your family. Hope you have a very enjoyable festive season