Interview with Liz and Louise Smith - By Aoife Marie Sheridan 

Question: What have you published recently?

We published our first novel, “The Abbey at the World’s End”, in June 2012, and the second “Jethabel” (which is not a sequel, or more than tangentially related) in Sept 2012. We are also working through a back catalogue of short stories, which will probably feed through over the next year.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

Writing was a by-product. We started by telling each other stories, often when we were supposed to be going to sleep, and as we got older, the stories got more complicated and we went to school, so we started writing them down instead.

I should re-phrase my first answer at this point. “Abbey” is not our first novel, it is just the first deemed good enough to be published. We had seven others (including “Jethabel”) in various stages of construction when we decided to take the step from writing (which we do to please ourselves) to authorship (which we do for others to read).

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

The usual suspects – on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble or direct from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/llwatkinathotmaildotcom

We are currently setting up on smashwords and there are some free short stories there and on goodreads.

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Our favourite times are the evening and rainy weekends, since we both work full time. Old habits die hard, and we still do a lot of the ground work of plotting and world building by chatting while we’re hiking or doing chores.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

Liz’s favourite is definitely Keldaren, the heroine of “Abbey”. She’s a thief and her best friend is a dead witch, but we like her because she’s lazy, bouncy and nothing ever goes right for her.

Louise’s favourite is Hadon. He is a powerful seer, but knows too many secrets and ends up in the dungeons. Unfortunately he features in an unfinished novel that is nowhere near the top of the to-do list, so for the foreseeable future he will only be found in the prequel short story “Faith”.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

I try not to, except when I’m trying to critique. I try to read as I reader, which is why I didn’t do an English Lit. Degree.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

I don’t. Music and the tv are both too distracting.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

Again, with the distraction. I might be drinking tea, though it often goes cold on me.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Diet Coke. Boring, but undeniable.  

What is your favourite cartoon character?

The horse from Disney’s Tangled. 

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Howl’s Moving Castle

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax? 

Plan home improvements (the more walls knocked down the better). Luckily we never carry them through, or we wouldn’t be relaxed anymore.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/llwatkinathotmaildotcom

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