Interview with Charlotte L.R. Kane

Charlotte L.R. Kane Author PhotoCharlotte L R Kane is a new author whose first book, Whisper – a collection of short stories – was published for Kindle in September, 2012. Her second book, Tea Time Tales – a collection of 250 words and poetry, was published for Kindle in December, 2012.

Charlotte has been writing for many years until the opportunity arose for her to become published. Her favorite genres are short stories, crime/thriller and supernatural. She currently resides in Swansea, South Wales, and by day works as an Admin Officer in her Local Authority. She enjoys writing but doesn’t get to work on her books as much as she would like. She is an avid reader who enjoys authors such as Stephenie Meyer, JK Rowling, Kathy Reichs, LJ Smith, SJ Wardell, Maggie Steifvater and Rachel Caine.

The eBook Review Gal Interview:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t think I ever did. I was introduced to writing a few years ago and enjoyed it. Over time the opportunity arose to write other stories and have them published.

How long did it take you to write Whisper?

Whisper took me years as they are adaptations of the fanfictions that I wrote many years ago and have upgraded and edited. Some were new. Whisper took me a couple of months, but again some were what I wrote a while ago. I Do took me four months.

How did you come up with the title?

With the first two books, my publisher thought of the name because I was struggling with them. The third one, because of the theme, was easy enough to decide on. I am not that imaginative when it comes to names I’m afraid.

Tell us about your writing schedule.

I hold down a full-time job so I don’t always get to write when I want to. I squiggle down notes or write them on my phone or tablet when I am out and about, but unfortunately, I don’t have the time to sit down and write thousands of words a day. I spend all day on a PC at work so sometimes at home that is the last thing that I want to do.

Where did you get your ideas for your books, stories and poetry?

Ideas come from everywhere and I find that I can get an idea from almost anything – although I don’t always write them. Information comes from friends and colleagues and, if needed, I do some researching on the internet. Gotta make sure that the information is correct!

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

All the time, but I think that is mainly related to all the typing I do at work and therefore do not wish to do any at home. I have a few stories I have started but have gotten writer’s block during it. I am planning on sitting down and completing one at a time and making sure I plan them before I continue so I do not have as much of a writer’s block as I have had this year.

What would you say makes a good story?

Good plot is the most important. If the plot is interesting then the book will keep you hooked. You also need a good first chapter so the reader is brought into the book from the start. Lastly, characters you can relate to, or who grow throughout the book help to keep the reader interested in the book.

What are some of your book-marketing methods?

To be honest this is my weak point. I am not very confident and so cannot stand up and say, “Hey I’m an author, check out my books”. I have a blog, and Twitter and Facebook accounts. I’ve also produced some bookmarks. Free promotions have worked and have helped the book get out there. I’m hoping this will help me get some new readers. However, it’s a dog eat dog world out there and it’s very hard to make an impression.

Are you working on anything now?

I am working on a wartime story about two people who write during the war, then meet, and then finally become married. It is based on a BBC4 drama I heard and was inspired to create my own little story using a similar plot line. I am also working on writing some more short stories as this is the genre in which I prefer to write.

How do you deal with criticism?

Just take every comment on board. Some of the stuff that has been said for my newest book I have taken on board. I’ve updated the book using the changes they have made comments on. Criticism makes you better. The better the book, the more sales and the more readers you will get – or so I believe.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Kathy Reichs, J.K. Rowling, Maggie Stiefvater, Rachel Caine and George Martin. It is hard to say why I like these authors, there’s some magic in their books that I cannot escape from. The books are exciting, have enough plots and the characters are driven and relatable.

What would be your best word of advice to aspiring writers/book authors?

Keep going and do it. Don’t let others put you down, if you want to do it then do it.