Delighted to have been interviewed by Richard Hardie and you can read here what has kept me so busy http://richardhardies.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/suzan-collins-deja-vu.html#comment-form
Welcome, Pat Casselden…
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I am a 67 year old wife, mother and grandmother, now retired after spending many years working with adults with learning disabilities.
I write fiction under my pen name of Tricia Cass which is a shortened version of my full name and have just written a story for an anthology, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, under my own name, Patricia Casselden
What is the title and genre of your book?
My book is titled ‘No Going Back’ and is a story of Drama / Crime / Family and Love
How did you come up with the story?
‘No Going Back’ is totally fictional. It started in my mind as a short story when I attended a Creative Writing course at my local college.
As the characters grew, the story evolved.
It has a lovely cover. Did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?
Thank-you. Yes, I knew roughly what I wanted and met with a local Artist who came up with the cover. I loved the colours and felt it was perfect for the context of the book.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Look for writing groups / courses where you get advice and support. The local Library is a good place to get information.
Believe in yourself and enjoy.
What is your writing routine?
I don’t actually have a routine as I write when the mood takes me. I can get lost in my writing so I try to clear anything pressing before I start.
I like background noise when I write – it seems to help my concentration.
Do you have an editing process?
I did most of my own editing for ‘No Going Back’ as it was my first book and I had no idea of how to go about things. I had invaluable help once I found out more about the process and I will use an Editor for my next book. The cost involved will be well worth it when I think of the blood sweat and tears I used up this time.
What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?
I love getting lost in my work.
I love discovering how my characters come to life and take me off track.
I love it when one chapter flows into another (This doesn’t always happen)
I get excited when I’m nearing the end.
I get frustrated when my ideas get blocked.
I hate it when my brain won’t switch off when I’m trying to sleep.
Where can people find you on the internet?
Pat Casselden: https://www.facebook.com/patriciacasselden49/?fref=nf
Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
Yes – I will be at the East Anglian Festival of Culture (Eafoc) across the weekend of 2nd and 3rd July in Lowestoft (details below). I would love it if people stopped by to say hello so don’t be shy.
How does it feel to finally hold your book in your hands?
So proud I can’t describe it – it’s a lifetime dream come true.
I love all the positive feedback I’ve had.
Thank you, Tricia. You have been a marvellous guest and I look forward to seeing you at the East Anglian Festival of Culture (EAFOC) this July in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
And if you would like to come and meet Tricia and get a personalised signed copy please visit the website for more details: www.eastanglianfestivalofculture.co.uk . Alternatively, if you are unable to come to the festival here is the link to buy a copy on Amazon