Today's guest is historical mystery author Donna Crowe. She has some excellent advice for writers. Check it out!
When doing an interview I’m almost always asked, often as a parting shot, to give one piece of advice to beginning writers.
One piece? Look, I’ve been in this business thirty-some years and written as many books, which is often more years than my interviewer has had birthdays. How can I limit it to one? So I give two: Read, read, read. And follow your passion.
And you can let your writing flow from that reading. Not in any imitative way, but in the choices you will make. Bottom line here is that if you can’t read it, you can’t write it. That was certainly true for me. I started out writing category romance— a great way to learn the business. Then one day I closed the book I was reading and never picked it up again. And never wrote another category romance. Although my murder mysteries, which was what I really loved reading, all have elements of romance in them.
And so my reading and my passions intertwine to produce a lifetime of novels— both read and written: Jane Austen, Dorothy L Sayers, P. D. James, Phil Rickman, Kate Charles. . .
So, as a parting shot, what is my one piece of advice? Well, when you follow your passion you are bound to have a wonderful time doing what you’re doing, so that’s it, isn’t it? Enjoy!
Donna and her husband have 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic gardener. To see the book video for A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE and pictures from Donna’s garden and research trips go to: http://www.donnafletchercrow.com/.
Her blog is at: http://www.donnafletchercrow.com/articles.php
You can follow her on Facebook at: http://ning.it/eLjgYp
And buy her books at Amazon.
She has some beautiful photos on her website. Take a look!