I am pleased to be joined by English author Denise Bloom to discuss her novels and her writing journey. Over to you, Denise.
Please tell my readers a little about yourself?
My name is Denise Bloom. I was born in Bradford West Yorkshire a long time ago. I worked for Social Services before taking a management role in Social Housing. After retiring we, my husband and I moved to France. I did think life would be in the slow lane, but I sometimes think how I fitted work in. I write most days even if it is only half an hour. I volunteer for Cancer support France and am part of a writing group.
What inspired you to become an author?
I was at a Literary festival in Civray and attended a workshop by James Vance a local author. He encouraged the group I belonged to and a seed was planted.
What is the best thing about being an author?
The best thing about being an author is other people read your stories. I also get great satisfaction seeing my characters develop on paper. There is also the part where I can kill people without being arrested.
What is your writing routine like?
I don’t have a routine as such but try to write every day. I always take part in Nanorimo-write a book in a month. For the month of November, I write 1600 words a day.
How much time do you spend on research?
Research is very important to me as my books have historic threads. Readers are not happy if you make a mistake and can invalidate the whole story. The amount of time can consume you and I can get distracted by the subject.
How much of the book is planned out before you start writing it?
I plan my book usually knowing the end however that can change if my character doesn’t fit into the story as I want them to. I write a short map of the novel, then write six sentences for each chapter. Each of the sentences become a paragraph. This just a template but I have found it works for me.
What do you think is most important when writing a book?
The most important thing when writing a book is to have believable characters. Each character having that back story to bring your plot to life.
What is your latest book about?
My latest published book is The Ladies of Whitechapel. It is a Jack the Ripper reveal. There are four stories of women living in London 1888. The women were not part of the famous conical five but it was thought possible that the Ripper killed them.
What inspired it?
My inspiration came from my interest in Victorian horror and Victorian life in general.
Any new books or plans for the future?
My latest novel is ready and hopefully out soon. It is called The House. The story is set in France 1939 and 2017. The 1939 story is when part of France became Vichy France and was ruled by Putain. The rounding up of foreigners began, interning, Romani, Jews, communists in camps around France. The house is a place of safety for many.
I have another that is almost finished and that is called Briarwood a murder story based in West Yorkshire.
What genres do you read most often?
My favorite genre to read is crime but coupled with murder I am a little blood thirsty. My dearest father brought me up on Edgar Allen Poe.
Is there anything else you would like my readers to know?
I would like your readers to know, if they are thinking of writing a book, do it.
Denise Bloom born in Bradford West Yorkshire.
She worked for Bradford Council and incommunities. Moving to the East Coast she managed womens services including domestic violence outreach across the Humberside and North Lincolnshire. She is a ripperologist loving Victorian London at its worst.
The ladies of Whitechapel - Mybook.to/whitechapel
Website - denisebloomauthor.com
Twitter - Denisebloom-16