Q & A with Glynis Smy

Another lovely author graces my blog once more! Please welcome Glynis Smy!

Glynis Smy

What would your bio say?

Glynis Smy tries hard at pleasing others, and getting the grammar right in her novels. She enjoys life in Cyprus, walking in vineyards and sampling village wine. Her three children are grown up, and her year old granddaughter is gorgeous. Apparently Glynis writes better than she cooks. Her DH does 99% of the cooking as he says it is safer that way. Her hobbies are cross stitch and making cards to raise funds for a five-bed hospice. Her ambition is to meet a few online writing friends one day! She helps authors and readers come together with a blog designed to advertise books free for authors. http://newbookblogger.blogspot.com/

When did you start writing and why?

In 2005 I emigrated to Southern Cyprus. At 48 years old I no longer worked long nursing shifts. Out came my pen and my poetry pad. A few short stories later a friend persuaded me to turn one into a novel. I laughed, she insisted. I wrote it, but sadly she died the day I wrote, The End. Determined to not waste the faith she had in me, I published Ripper, My Love. It has received wonderful reviews and I am so pleased I found the courage to continue my writing path.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

My children are adults and live in the UK and Canada. I am free to write all day, whenever the mood takes me.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Catherine Cookson kept me sane during night shifts. I loved her slow pace, and community spirit she introduced into her work. She inspired me. I am also a fan of Barbara Erskine, and Victoria Holt.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I have done it. Strangers are reading my books and leaving reviews. Pure and simple, I want to be read. I would also love to see the film as a movie … who wouldn’t? Then I wake up. LOL.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I would have liked traditional, but two publishers wanted me to remove two male characters. Anyone who has read my book will laugh at the very thought, as they are essential parts of the story. I turned down two offers. Rejections were positive, but they did not know where to place the novel in the commercial world. I wanted to write, not spend more time querying. So I selected, CreateSpace to publish. I have no regrets.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

I have the valuable support of friends on the Internet. I gained them via my blog. It is the place I first ventured into the writing community. They guided me through the nooks and crannies of self publishing. Talli Roland, has been a wonderful mentor and reader. She urges me forward. Jen Moon (aka Heather Woods), helped me with the cover. I found FaceBook author pages and Twitter ideal for marketing and connecting with other authors.

Tell us about your book (s)

Ripper, My Love came to me while I was drinking coffee at a friend’s café. I asked for a napkin and pen. I wanted to create a Victorian romance but wanted to had a mystery or suspenseful twist. Apparently I achieved both. Kitty is a vulnerable young woman with a hint of spirit, and courage. During the time period she wanted to leave home, it was dangerous times. You see she lived in the hunting ground of Jack the Ripper. I didn’t want to go down the route of writing about him/her, so chose to write more about the people who might have been in his life.

Maggie’s Child (Dec). Is based around another strong female character, Maggie Sawbury. Her life is hard, and her choices even harder. Again, this is not just pure romance, although it is not a suspense like my first.

Ripped Genes and The Man in Room Eighteen are my current Wip’s, and will be out in 2013. Ripped Genes is a story that forms from Ripper, My Love. I had not intended a sequel, but have been told by several readers they would love to read something that forms from the ending of the book. So I took up the challenge.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I love the Victorian era, and admire women who worked during that period. They coped with many hardships. Even those who were well off had to face difficulties of their sex and its restrictions.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

You should love Kitty Harper for her determination. She struck out in business for herself before women were given the vote. She rises to challenges, and she has a loving heart.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

No I do not have a soundtrack, I do have a video with a piece of music that took me ages to find.  Music by Taylor Hayward  ‘And If a Boat Came By’ from the album: First Recordings

You can follow Glynis on her website. Click on the book cover for where to pick yourself up a copy!

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