The first in my new series of Conversations with …
As part of Jersey’s first literary festival running this week, Georgina Troy, together with John Hanley, present ‘An Audience with …’, at the CCA Galleries on Sunday.
Jersey Festival of Words is featuring internationally renowned writers along with local authors, as part of a programme of events that will be staged at various venues around the island during the five days of the festival.
Georgina Troy, who lives on the island, writes best selling romantic fiction, with her stories set in and around Jersey. The Jersey Scene, her series of contemporary romances: A Jersey Kiss, A Jersey Affair and her new book, A Jersey Dreamboat, are published by Accent press and also available to download.
As she prepares for her talk I thought I’d put a few questions to her, just to help in her preparation of course!
Georgina – firstly, thank you very much for taking time out to have a chat, especially in this busy week.
#1 When did you start and what made you start writing?
I’ve always dreamt of being a writer, but I think when I was younger I hoped I could spend all my time sitting somewhere exotic, like in a writing shed over-looking the sea, or a lake, or in a wood, or something. I think the idea came from being given a typewriter from Father Christmas when I was about seven-years-old. It wasn’t one of those pretty plastic ones, but a black metal thing and very clunky. It wasn’t the present I’d hoped for, but I did spend many hours typing and messing about on that thing.
#2 How is your day structured?
I work part-time and am usually home from about 3pm. I’ll change and then get straight on with whatever writing I’m working on at the time.
#3 Where do you get your inspiration from?
Living in Jersey it’s easy to be inspired, especially when writing romances. There are so many beautiful places where I can set scenes and there are always characters around me that inspire me, or conversations that I might pick up on.
#4 Describe a moment that changed your life?
A writing moment was discovering the New Writers’ Scheme in the Romantic Novelists’ Association and personally, discovering what wonderful company rescue dogs can be. We have three at home now and they’re all very different to each other and quite strange to look at, but all equally as adorable.
#5 If you had your time again what other profession could you have seen yourself in?
I honestly can’t imagine doing anything I’d love more than spending my time writing. I would start writing more seriously at a much younger age though.
#6 What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on edits for book four in the Jersey Scene series, A Jersey Bombshell. The book is due out in April next year.
#7 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I imagine Justin Hartley playing Ed and Gemma Arterton to play Izzy.
#8 Do you ever get writer’s Block?
The only sort of writer’s block I suffer from is when I’ve had an idea and written the outline then fret that I’ll never write the book as well as I imagine it to be. Then I give myself a talking to and just get on with it.
#9 How do you like to clear your head and unwind after the pressures of a busy day writing?
I walk my three dogs on one of the two nearby beaches. I’m lucky living in St Ouen where I’m only a couple of minutes away from beaches and Val de la Mare dam.
#10 Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring writers that maybe reading this, that maybe looking to get either published or selfpublish?
Write the first draft without worrying too much about what you’re doing. I find that I get to know my characters as I write and although I always have an outline and the basic premise of my novel, the story and characters develop much more fully as I live and work with them. The second draft can then make the big improvements that I need. Then improve with the next edits, and the next…
For more details on Georgina’s work click on the links below.
We look forward to listening to Georgina’s talk on Sunday 4th October 3.30 – 4.40pm at the CCA Galleries.
For more information please visit the website www.jerseyfestivalofwords.org