Throughout this months I ’ll be posting interviews with the authors and poets who will be taking part in our Book Fair: http://www.narberthbookfair.co.uk/.
There are forty authors, so, obviously, there are many genres for both adults and children. There will be talks an writing and books, creative writing workshops for adults workshops & talks and fun workshops for children, activities for the children Children’s Page and a fun book trail through Narberth, the gorgeous little market town in Pembrokeshire. Location.
And, of course, there will be the chance to chat with all the authors and to pick their brains on all aspects of writing. Even to buy their books and have them personally signed.
And, as usual, there will also be the writing competition: this year is a poetry competition: competition . Submit a poem, in any form, of 20 lines or less, on the subject of : –
BOOKS AND READING.
Having outgrown our previous venue we have been lucky to hire the Queens Hall: https://www.thequeenshall.org.uk/ who have been very generous in their support of the event.
Although, five years ago, I started organising the book fairs on my own I was soon joined by Alex Martin: http://amzn.to/2hZCgt2 and Thorne Moore: http://bit.ly/2rc5qyA. Unfortunately Alex has moved on to pastures new (although is still a great supporter), so Thorne and I have been joined by Elizabeth Sleight. Elizabeth is involved in the charity we are supporting through our raffle; The Harriet Davis Seaside Holiday Trust For Disabled Children: http://bit.ly/2sNyeKQ .
Our author today is my great friend and children’s writer, Sharon Tregenza
Tell us, Sharon, why do you write?
I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I didn’t write, I’ve been doing it for so long now.
What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
I can’t honestly say there’s been a book that has influenced my life – that sounds a bit grand. There have been a few books that may have influenced my writing.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher. It’s a master class in layering and stitching together bits of myth and magic to create a fascinating whole.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I get something to physically embody the story. For instance, I’m writing another children’s mystery – this time about the trapping of songbirds so I bought myself a pretty glass greenfinch to hang in my study.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Work schedule? Ha. Haha. Hahaha.
Stop laughing, Hahahaha… I’m only asking the questions!!
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I’ve written five. Three are published one seems to be going by the wayside and the fifth I’m tweaking now. My favourite? Probably ‘The Jewelled Jaguar’ as it’s the most recently published.
What genre do you consider your books? Have you considered writing in another genre?
My books are for Middle Grade (8-12). I’m working on a couple of picture books though and if I chose another genre it would be cosy murders – you know, Miss Marple kind of thing. They seem like they’d be fun to write.
In three words, can you describe your latest book?
Children’s – adventure – mystery.
What is your favourite part of the book?
The ending. I’ve must have read and rewritten it umpteen times but it still makes me well up. How sad is that. Haha.
If you could spend time with a character from your book who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I’d spend time with Rhodri Tudor because he’s a dude. He’s smart and kind and funny and plays folk guitar.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do. Because they’re kids they say the sweetest things and it always lifts my heart. They’re the harshest critics too mind. You don’t want to short change them, trust me.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
If they’re hidden it’s because I want ‘em to stay that way. 😉
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to secretly connect words or characters in some way just for my own entertainment. Often I don’t mention the connections to anyone. For instance in the book I’m working on now (which will be called The Black Peacock) I’ve given all the characters names related to birds (Damn – I’ve told you that secret now. J)
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Socialise (preferably with wine) read and listen to stories, exercise.
What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you? Not particularly to do with your writing?
Oh, good grief. How long have you got? If I had to pick one quickly it might be when I visited Egyptian friends in Cairo and was given a bowl of melted ice cream as the Muezzin called the faithful to prayer from the Minaret outside and Benny Hill blasted out of their TV set.
Give us a random fact about yourself.
I LOVE quirky properties. I’ve lived in part of a church, an old Mill House and am now in a converted chapel. I’m about to downsize so who knows what’s next? Windmill?