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Interview mit Gemma Halliday

Interview von LovelyBooks mit Gemma Halliday, Juni 2011

1) Since when did you write your own stories and how did it come your first book was published?

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.

2) Which author inspires you most of all?

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.

3) Where do you get the inspiration for your books?

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.

4) How do you get in contact with your readers?

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

5) When and what do you read yourself?

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!

6) How did it feel do hold your own book in your hands for the first time?

Awesome! I think I slept with it hat night. :)

7) Do you have any advice for other writers?

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.

8) Who is your favorite character in your books so far and why?

I have to say Maddie Springer is my favorite. Mostly because she’s so much like me. :)

9) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

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.

10) Are you already writing another novel and can you tell us, what it will be about?

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.