Author Interview #3, with Ms. Shelagh Watkins!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Shelagh: Honest, easy going, hard working.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
Excerpt from The Power of Persuasion:
… as I stepped forward, a gust of blustery wind took hold of my skirt and revealed a substantial amount of leg. To struggle with the thing would only draw attention to my legs. Trying to remain cool, I continued to walk towards, of all people, F. William D’Arcy, who, seeing my predicament, not to say, a great deal of leg, smiled and allowed me to enter the lecture theatre ahead of him.
This was the third time I’d seen him – definitely not the luck of the Irish.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
Excerpt from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:
More than once did Elizabeth, in her ramble within the park, unexpectedly meet Mr. Darcy. She felt all the perverseness of the mischance that should bring him where no one else was brought, and, to prevent its ever happening again, took care to inform him at first that it was a favourite haunt of hers. How it could occur a second time, therefore, was very odd! Yet it did, and even a third. It seemed like willful ill-nature, or a voluntary penance, for on these occasions it was not merely a few formal inquiries and an awkward pause and then away, but he actually thought it necessary to turn back and walk with her.
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
Shelagh: Writing is considered to be the most enjoyable part of the whole process of publication. I agree with this viewpoint and thoroughly enjoy writing the first draft of a novel, whereas the rewriting process is much less enjoyable. It is also demanding and requires a great deal of discipline. Over-polishing a manuscript can remove the vibrancy and originality of the first draft While honing the text, the writer has to take care not to remove the narrator’s voice and be left with a boring monologue.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
Shelagh: Good writing flows and does not interfere with the reader’s thought processes.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Shelagh: Although you love to write, do not assume that your work will be just as enjoyable for others to read.