Studio Carry On Harry [ Interviews with Authors ] Book Talks with Author Mandy Eve-Barnett. Occasion being her New Book Release “The Commodore’s Gift” . Today in this interview session she is about to introduce her book to us and shares her journey as an author. She is also going to share her writing process and will share some tips for new authors .
Mandy Eve-Barnett currently lives in Alberta, Canada but is originally from England. Her background is diverse and gives her rich experience to utilize in her writing. She has been a nursing professional, a business owner, and a sort after administration expert and has traveled throughout Europe, parts of America and Canada and was born in Africa. She is a multi-genre author writing children’s, YA and adult narratives, with nine books published since 2011 and another five awaiting the editing process, she indulges her Muse in creative as well as freelance writing.
Mandy regularly blogs at http://www.mandyevebarnett.com where she encourages support, networking and advocacy for writers as well as readers. As Secretary of her local writers group, the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, she hosts the monthly meetings and creates weekly writing prompts for the website. She is the Secretary of the Alberta Authors Cooperative and past President of the Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County Council.
How much does your life influences your story telling and the characters that you bring to life ?
I pull from my life experiences a great deal within my stories, not only for characters but also settings. I use history and folklore from England, the exotic creatures and landscape of Africa and the vastness of the Canadian plains as inspiration.
Title Of Your New Book Release
The Commodore’s Gift
What is the central theme of book ?
A steampunk adventure romance centering on the ambition of an unconventional woman, who is adept at swordplay, outspoken among men, and a seeker of adventure. She navigates the patriarchal world to play an important role in a rebellion.
Where did the idea came from ? How much did you tweak it ? Your Initial planning and analysis of final stuff ?
The initial story of 7900 words came from a ‘title prompt’ when I attended a writing retreat. It was accepted for an anthology but sadly the project did not materialize. The story then stayed in a folder for over two years until I revisited it and the main character from the original story became a secondary character as my heroine, Owena came to the fore and demanded I write her story instead.
How much are you playing in the book as one of your characters ? Do you ever hide behind shades of your characters ?
As with every writer, there are aspects of my life and knowledge within my characters. This comes from personal experience, observation or research. There is no one character that reflects the ‘true’ me, rather just glimpses that I do not reveal in the real world.
what is difficult to write Goodness Of Character / Evil Intentions. What do you enjoy most out of developing them ?
I enjoy writing darker characters and have no idea the exact reason why (maybe its reading too many Stephen King novels – who knows?) A darker character gives me more scope to explore a twisted psyche. With good characters I have to work harder at making them believable with boring my reader. No one is all good or all bad after all.
Do you structure the flow of story in beginning itself or you improvise ? In your idea what is good to have before you hit a road block ?
I have, until recently, always written free flow and edited and revised later. However, my current project is a detective trilogy, so I have created a plan for each book and the overall plot arc. I have enjoyed learning this new concept of creating a narrative.
How many books have you written and how different is new book ? Difference is in which specific area ?
I have nine books published, including this latest Steampunk one. I write an idea/narrative rather than a genre and my books reflect that. Each one has its own specific genre, age group and storyline.
Which Character do you like most and why . Any real life inspiration ? Do you ever wish to meet this character in real life ?
A difficult question to answer as many of my characters stay with me long after I have finished the story. I am specifically drawn to the characters that step up, take chances and bring about changes to their lives or the situations they find themselves in. As for real life inspiration, yes I do stand up and make changes – some harder than others.
Why will you recommend this book to readers ?
It is an adventure set in a world ruled by a tyrannical self-proclaimed King and his barbarous right hand man, The Commodore. The narrative follows, Owena Wintermute an unconventional, spirited and ambitious woman, adept at swordplay, outspoken among her male counterparts, and a seeker of adventure. She plays an important role in the rebellion alongside a rebel group and the one man, who can match her ambition and determination. Together they fight for the exiled King’s return.
Have you already started working on next book ? What is on your mind for it ?
Yes, I have finished the first draft and initial editing of book one of my detective trilogy. Apart from writing a sequel, due to reader demand, of a medieval set novella, I usually write stand-a-lone novels. The idea for this detective series came to me fully conceptualized with each books character’s, theme and construct. It was unusual in that way as I normally write and let the story form of its own accord.
Any good tips you would like to share for new aspiring authors apart from saying just start the book ?
Believe in your story and your voice, no one else can write it the way you do. Join a writing group that will support you and give constructive critique and allows you to write in your own style. Find online or in person creative writing workshops to learn about your craft. If your local library has a Write in Residence program take advantage of it.
How did you hear about CarryOnHarry ? Any message for Studio ? Any Suggestion that we can make it better ?
I saw a Facebook post about CarryOnHarry. I enjoy the diverseness of the authors and books.
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