We caught up with Fiona J. Roberts, author of 'Ebb and Flow' and 'Just Des(s)erts', to discuss her process as an author, why the interest in mystery novels and what is her motivation to keep writing books.
When did you first discover that you loved to write?
We’re hoping that we can, with this post, help put some minds to rest. Now, before anyone starts to hover angrily over their keyboard about to write a response, please, we simply beg that you start looking at us with an open mind.
Here are some common misconceptions, followed by our responses. We have tidied up the language used by some people...
Where do you have offices? Are you working in a virtual office?
If you’re dyslexic, then you, Albert Einstein, Richard Branson, Henry Winkler and Orlando Bloom can all officially high-five each other.
Before the first dictionary was written by Samuel Johnson, nobody was dyslexic, there wasn’t such a word. In fact, we spelt rather imaginatively.
Shakespeare hardly spelt the same word twice and a lot of his work, apparently, was written down for him.
Here at Austin Macauley, we’re widely known as Hybrid Publisher.
This means we offer both Traditional and Contributory (or Partnership, as it’s sometimes known) contracts and while we would LOVE to be able to offer everyone a Traditional contract, it’s not always possible.
"Your Mum is not well at all...she is having an emergency brain scan". This was the email my Dad had sent to me desperately trying to get in touch with me. I was oblivious and happily travelling in West Africa with no phone or computer to be contacted on. As you can imagine, Internet cafes haven't yet reached Guinea Bissau or Côte d'Ivoire. When we reached Accra in Ghana, a lovely couple I had met, Lynn and David who lived in the Blue Mountains in Australia, kindly let me borrow their computer to check my inbox.