Interview von LovelyBooks mit Gemma Halliday, Juni 2011
I’ve always written stories, but I first started writing with the goal of being published in 2002. I wrote 7 books over the next three years, submitting each of them to various agents, editors and writing contests. In 2005 I won the RWA Golden Heart award, which caught the eye of an editor. I sold her my next book one month later, and worked with her on all of my High Heels books, which was a wonderful experience.
My first mysteries were the Nancy Drew series, which I loved as a teen. I also adore Agatha Christie and have read every one of her books - some several times! As far as modern writers go, two of my favorites are Janet Evanovich and Leslie Langtry, who writes a hilarious series about a family of assassins.
Everywhere! I know, cop-out answer, but it's so true. Any little bit of dialogue I hear at Starbucks, song I hear on the radio, or guy in line at the grocery store can inspire a new idea. The only thing I can say for certain is that I steal from the people I know a lot. Thankfully my family and friends get a kick out of seeing me exaggerate their finer traits on paper, but there are a few ex-boyfriends that probably shouldn't read my books. I do write about murders after all.
I’m fairly active on Facebook, and try to answer reader comments there as quickly as possible. They can also email me through my website’s contact page at: www.gemmahalliday.com
I don’t get quite as much time as I’d like to read for pleasure, but when I do I adore anything with a mystery to it. I also love historical books, though I would never attempt to write one myself. I’m way to worried I’d get some small detail wrong and ruin the whole story!
Awesome! I think I slept with it hat night. :)
Write! Just write as much as you can. The more you write, the better you get at it. And read a lot in the genre you want o publish in. If you know the genre well, it’s so much easier to find your place in it.
I have to say Maddie Springer is my favorite. Mostly because she’s so much like me. :)
I learn something new with each book I write, but I think the biggest lesson is just in understanding people. Every time I sit down to create a new character, I try to think about what sort of history molds a person into who they are now.
Yes! I’m just now finishing up the third book in the Hollywood Headlines series, called HOLLYWOOD CONFESSIONS. It should be available in the U.S. in early June, and I’m hoping that it will be available in Germany in the very near future, as well.