Day Four of The Great BLACK WATER Blog Tour! Today, I’m talking to Michael J. McCann in the Limerick Forest south of Ottawa and Alison Bruce in Guelph, Ontario.
Michael, author of the Donaghue and Stainer crime novels, asks me what impact my journalism background has on my fiction writing. Years of interviewing people for newspaper and magazine articles has definitely helped with writing dialogue for characters. It’s fine-tuned my ear to the nuances of how different people speak. But journalism also trained me to report facts. I had to learn to loosen up, use my imagination and write more description that journalism calls for. Read the interview with Michael here.
Over in Guelph, Imajin Books author Alison Bruce notes that family drama is a key component of my novels. She wants to know why I focus on certain family issues. The answer, of course, comes from my characters. I’m a character-driven writer, and the issues always spring from the characters themselves. Read the interview with Alison here.
When you’ve finished reading them, you’ll probably know more about me and my writing than my husband does!
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