ELIZABETH DAVIES: THE MAIN THING IS THAT PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING MY BOOKS
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Elizabeth Davies released her latest novel The Spirit Guide in August. The readers’ feedback was very nice (av. 4.5 stars from 23 reviews in Amazon). We’ve got a chance to speak with Elizabeth about her books and next projects. Let’s say welcome to our next featured author.
– Elizabeth, What is your last book The Spirit Guide about?
– The Spirit Guide is set in the Middle Ages,and is about a young woman called Seren who has an unusual gift – she sees spirits, the shades of the dead.Terrified of being accused of witchcraft, a very real possibility in twelfth century Britain, she keeps her secret close, not even confiding in her husband. But when she gives her heart and soul to a man who guides spirits in the world beyond the living, she risks her secret and her life for their love.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I stumbled across the true backstory in this novel when I was researching my State of Grace trilogy. There was a tremendous battle where over 3000 Welshmen died, plus a slaughter of Welsh princes by one of the subsidiary characters, and this started me off thinking about ghosts.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– I always reach a point in my writing where I wonder why I’m putting myself through it all – usually just about half way. It takes determination for me to carry on, as I sort of run out of steam.
– Tell us something more about your main character? Is it 100% fiction or it’s close to someone from your real life?
– The places and some of the historical events in the novel are real. And some of the characters actually did exist, but I have superimposed my own ideas on what they were like, and this may not reflect their actual personalities. But Seren, the main character is pure fiction.
– How much time you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– I started writing this novel in February 2014 and published it in August of the same year. I write, on average, about two books a year.
– Give us some insight about Resurrection series, which were very well received by the readers?
– Thank you for that – yes, readers do seem to like it, for the most part. Mixing vampires with time-travel, and romance thrown in, shouldn’t work, but it appears to. When I wrote this I’d read a number of vampire novels, but none of the vampires in them hit the spot for me, so I decided to write my own. I wanted to take a slightly different tack from the norm of portraying vampires as supernatural beings – my vampires are a product of evolution, but no less lethal and dark.
– Who are you?
– I’m married to my best friend (cliché, huh?), have an almost grown daughter, and a scruffy old dog. We live in South Wales, not far from the areas about which I write. Here the land is full of castles, wind-swept mountains and hidden valleys.
– What are your writing habits?
– I have a full time job so I usually get up early and write before I got to work. I need to have the house to myself to be able to concentrate, too.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book?
– Probably not – I’d like to sell more copies. Who wouldn’t? But at least people are reading my books, and enjoying them, and that’s the main thing. And I don’t have to reply on book sales in order to buy food!
– Do you have plans for your next novel?
– I’m just over half way through my current manuscript, The Medium Path, just at that point where I seriously consider taking up basket weaving instead of writing! This one is about ghosts, too, and does link into The Spirit Guide, but I hope it’s sufficiently different to capture readers’ attention.
– What are you doing to promote by the best possible way your book?
– I probably don’t do as much promotion as I could – I simply haven’t got the time. But I do have the usual social media accounts, and I try to interact with readers on a regular basis. I also offer give-aways in exchange for honest reviews.
– You are living in Wales, would you describe the three most beautiful places in the country?
– I love the mountains, and I’m biased towards them, so my top most beautiful place is Cader Idris. This mountain is wild and untamed, and when I’m on it I can feel the magic of Arthurian Britain. I also love the smaller mountain range not far from where I live, the Brecon Beacons. My husband and I go walking there most weekends. Then there are the mountains of Snowdonia…. full of craggy majesty and hidden castles. I think my county is beautiful!
– How the secretary job helps you in your creative writing and during entire write up process?
– My job doesn’t help me at all, really. I use a whole different skill set in work, where I am practical and organised – so different to the creative process. The only transferable skills are those of formatting, and document manipulation, which I tend to take from my writing life into my working life.
– Ask yourself a question (And don’t forget to answer!)
– Will I carry on writing? I think so. Although I do have days (sometimes even weeks!) when I wonder whether it’s worth it. Especially when I receive a bad review, or I’m stuck mid-manuscript, or I feel the whole process of writing, publishing and marketing is taking over my life. But then I see how grumpy I get when I don’t write…