Jera’s Jamboree is delighted to be taking part in
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
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
You can find out more about Carol E Wyer here
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