Jera’s Jamboree : Safkhet Soul Blog Tour

Jera’s Jamboree is delighted to be taking part in

safkhet soul tour

Safkhet Soul Tour 4th – 8th November 2013

Come and join the fun!

Blog tour dates

 4th November – Suzie Tullet joins Donna at  http://donnasroomforreading.blogspot.co.uk/

 4th November – Carol E Wyer joins JB at http://brookcottagebooks.blogspot.co.uk/

 5th November – Suzie Tullett joins Josie at http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/

 5th November – Carol E Wyer joins Sharon at http://jerasjamboree.com/

5th November – Carol E Wyer joins Jane at  http://booketta.blogspot.co.uk/

6th November – Sheryl Browne joins Lisa at http://bookaddictedhousewife.blogspot.co.uk/

 7th November – Lin Treadgold joins Lisa at http://bookalicious-traveladdict.blogspot.co.uk/

7th November Suzie Tullett joins Laura at http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Safkhet Publishing presents:

 Carol E Wyer, Author of Just Add Spice

 Carol E Wyer has written award-winning novels, articles and books that poke fun at getting older. Known for her light-hearted take on life, Carol now also tours, giving talks on ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and how to age disgracefully

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What inspired you to become an author?

Like many authors, I was inspired to write at school by my English teacher. She pointed out to the entire class that I had a gift for writing humour. (My mother would be the first to tell you that I was always a great entertainer with a vivid imagination.)

I spent much of young life with my nose in books. Every school holiday and weekends I would read and read and read. Ill health that kept me in bed for a very long time, allowed me to read far more than the average young person, so it was inevitable that I would develop a love of literature.

I studied English and French Literature at University, specialising in Linguistics and Camus – an odd combination, I guess. Shortly after leaving university and settled in a job in Casablanca I began writing short stories with titles like, Humphrey and The Dustbin Cats for children and then later wrote short stories that taught children French.

I couldn’t write full-time until after my son left home abandoning his bedroom which I immediately converted into an office. That was when I decided to become a proper author and began writing humour for adults.

What was your best ever job?

I was a teacher at a private school in Staffordshire for a while. I loved that. I got to wear a long black gown and looked like an extra from a Harry Potter film. I was called a ‘mistress’ and was allowed to go to the Master’s Study for sherry after chapel on a Sunday. It was very ‘oldy worldy’ and the pupils were wonderful. I have some very happy memories from those days and a lot of friends on Facebook who I used to teach!

What does your workspace look like?

Barren! I can’t work with clutter. I need blank walls no distraction and space so I can swing about on my swivel chair. Oh yes, and a drawer filled with Jelly Snakes to help me through the writing.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I’m afraid once I get those creative juices flowing I am unstoppable. It takes months for me to prepare a book in my head and in notebooks but once I am ready to write I go for it until I drop. I’ll start as soon as I get up about 6am. Hubby will insist I stop for breakfast and then he loses me until dinner time or until he reminds me I haven’t eaten or drunk anything all day. I’ll then have the evening off and once he goes to bed, I’ll start again until I am ready for a little shut-eye at about 4am. Weird, aren’t I?

Are you a pantster or a plotter?

Plotter, definitely a plotter. A plot has to run through my head like a film. If I don’t like a scene or I don’t like the ending, I stop the film and start again. It has to run over and over again before I make notes.

If you could write in another genre what genre would you choose?

 Psychological thriller. I want to write a story with a horrible gory plot and a psycho killer, something along the lines of American Psycho author Brett Ellis crossed with Tessa. Some days I frighten myself!

What advice would you give a yet-to-be published author?

Be patient. Do not hurry your first work. Take time to make sure you have edited it, had it beta-read and you are completely satisfied with it. Don’t be in a burning hurry to get it published. Start a second book and wait. Slowly, slowly, catchy monkey.

 Just Add Spice is available now

 jas

You can find out more about Carol E Wyer here

http://www.safkhetpublishing.com/authors/Carol_E_Wyer.htm

https://twitter.com/carolewyer

http://facing50withhumour.com/

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7 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree : Safkhet Soul Blog Tour

  1. Sheryl I love Dexter! Missed out Tessa Geritsen’s surname here. Must have been overdosing in Jelly Snakes st teh time of doing thus interview! Thanks ladies and many thanks to my wonderful hostess here. Xx

  2. Wow! Now I shall be calling you… I don’t know, what did the kids used to have to call you? I have vision of you in that black gown…oh la la! Great interview, as always, your sense of humour is amazing and thanks to Shaz for hosting! XX

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