SAINT ALBA'S JAWBONE
by Fiona Law
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Thank you for joining us today. Before we begin, why don't you tell everyone a bit about your book?
Fiona: Hello! Saint Alba's Jawbone is a light-hearted story set in Medieval Britain. Jack has been given the task of escorting Clara to a convent where she will become a novice. Only, she would rather be with him and he wishes she'd stay, but there are so many obstacles and distractions it looks unlikely they'll ever realise that their love is mutual.
Where did the concept for the book come about?
Fiona: Actually, it started as a piece of homework for my writer's group. We had to take a myth and rewrite it in a different time and setting. I chose the Greek myth of Clara the water nymph (who got into trouble with Zeus) and Mercury (the messenger of the Gods.) ... and one thing led to another.
How long did it take you to finish, from concept to final product?
Fiona: A good few months - six at least. I only write when I get a moment. And I write slowly.
Are there any authors that have influenced your own writing?
Fiona: In this story, I was deffinately influenced by Georgette Heyer - her characters are highly entertaining. My mum had loads of her books and I used to read them as a teenager. I also aspire to Terry Pratchet with his keen sense of humour and to Geraldine Mclaughlin - her writing is exquisite.
Do you have any favorite place where you feel your Muse is more apt to come and play while you write? Or perhaps you listen to music? If so, what do you listen to?
Fiona: I always put music on to write to. Nothing with words, or I'll end up listening to the lyrics. I like stirring music, themes from films and TV shows. I often put on Karl Jenkins, a bit of Enya or Medieval Babes. Sometimes I light a candle and burn an insense stick.
As a writer, what is your greatest fear?
Fiona: I don't associate writing with fear, really. Frustration, yes and despair, but not fear. I guess I worry that I'll never make it and I'll have to pack it in and then the last fifteen years of really trying to become a published writer will be wasted.
What normally occupies your desk while writing? Pencils? Coffee mugs? Breakfast crumbs?
Fiona: My desk is a tip. Course work which I should be getting on with is everywhere, books, unopened post, opened post, ash from my insense and a candle. It's disgusting. I've also got a board where i stick pictures of my characters and bits a pieces about my latest project on. I love that.
Do you have any new projects that you are working on? If so, what are they?
Fiona: I've got two projects on the go, both are fantasy fiction. One is on hold while I am trying to complete a competition entry. I don't think I'm going to make the deadline...
What tip would you offer to a new writer who is just beginning their submission journey?
Fiona: It's a flooded market and it's unfair, so be prepared for a long haul. Don't just keep writing, keep learning how to write - join a writers group (or start one) and take up a writing course, or two. (I like those week away courses - you meet other writers and 'network'.)
Please tell our readers where they can find you.
Fiona: I have a little website: www.fionlaw.webs.com
If you want to add anything please feel free to do so.
Fiona: Thanks for making me feel like a success by interviewing me. ha!