Au­thor of “Tak­ing The Plunge”

The People's Friend - - 66 -

Q what in­spired the story?

“Tak­ing The Plunge” was in­spired by not let­ting life pass you by, af­ter a few sad events af­fected me and my loved ones. Whether you’re fif­teen, fifty or sev­en­ty­five, if you re­ally want to do some­thing, or change some­thing, don’t be afraid to give it a go. It seems a lot easier to sink into worry or sad­ness or re­gret than it is to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. My view is, “Try it – you might just like it”. And if you don’t, just try some­thing else.

Q what’s the best writ­ing tip you’ve heard?

My tip? To read the di­a­logue aloud. It’s the eas­i­est way to see if it works.

Q what, in your opin­ion, makes a good story?

Well, I like a story that makes the reader work a lit­tle bit. One that doesn’t tell you ev­ery­thing; one that comes in part-way through a sit­u­a­tion and per­haps doesn’t fin­ish quite at the end, so you have to fill it in your­self, like one of those in­tri­cate colour­ing books. Those types of story leave you think­ing, won­der­ing, long af­ter you’ve read them.

Q what’s the best com­pli­ment a reader could give you about your story?

That it made them think about some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ently.

Q what’s your favourite writ­ing snack?

Ac­tu­ally, it’s a drink. A cup of builder’s tea, made with Co-op Earl Grey. Which is al­most as good as the tea in the “Peo­ple’s Friend” tea caddy, I sus­pect – al­though I haven’t tried it! I do, how­ever, have a true story about that tea caddy that I re­ally should put down on pa­per. Per­haps I’ll write that one next.

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