About the Author
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’d be happy to. I am a British expat living in Dubai and working as a kindergarten teacher. When I was seven I dreamed of being a script writer and that love still lingers somewhere. Around the age of nine, I moved on to – let’s say “songs” and comic strips. By fourteen I wrote my first full-length screenplay which I adapted to a novel and not long ago, inspired by my love of teaching and writing, I self-published a children’s story called ‘Shania Streep wanted to Sleep’ which sold quite well locally. After that, I decided fear was not an option and dove whole-heartedly into the writing and production of ‘At Water’s Edge’. I feel like I should also mention that I can never decide on a favourite colour, though I tend to lean towards blue. I also wanted to be a choreographer once and I often dream about a giant breaking into my house and telling me I’m a wizard. To learn more check out my page www.smcphersonbooks.com
Hobbies, pets, fun facts? Tea or coffee?
My hobbies are writing, dancing around like a mad woman especially when cleaning the apartment, singing and more writing. I definitely choose tea over coffee although I generally opt for hot water with honey and lemon. I had a cat who was quite possibly my closest friend for fourteen years and I dedicated the first book in my series, ‘At Water’s Edge’ to her memory.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In ‘Caught in the Ripples’, my favourite parts to write were the battle scenes and when Dezaray ends up in a situation that she doesn’t count on.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?
Ninety-nine percent of ‘At Water’s Edge’ and ‘Caught in the Ripples’ are purely from my kooky imagination, but I’ve taken a few names of close friends and a few snippets of dialogue from those around me.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have always wanted to be a writer. My first memory of knowing for sure, was when I was seven years old and for English I wrote a poem for my mum for Mother’s Day which made my teacher cry. Her reaction really surprised me and I remember heading back to my seat thinking ‘wow, words have power’. From then, I kept writing, evolving from poems to songs (because obviously I was going to be the next Beyoncé) to scripts and finally to books. Then one day, whilst watching T.V. the first scene of ‘At Water’s Edge’ popped into my head and I wrote it down. The idea must have simmered in the back of my mind for a while because a few years later, I revisited the scene and the story just poured out of me.
Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either as a child or an adult?
When I was younger, I think my favourite authors were Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. I absolutely loved everything by Roald Dahl. ‘The Witches’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘BFG’, the list is endless. I also really enjoyed ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton. I think those sorts of stories of wonder where impossibilities were made possible, really helped influence my love of fantasy.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
I would say I have three top tips for aspiring writers. Those are to:
· Get a good idea- Though some experienced writers may be able to write a fascinating piece on watching paint dry, for those of us trying to break into the market, I’d say find something that inspires you (unless of course that is watching paint dry) and build on it. Throw in a mixture of characters, a series of events and one main issue to be resolved.
· Write and rewrite within an inch of your life. Rewrite until you’re pulling your hair out and are tempted to throw your laptop out the window.
· Never give up- sounds cliché but is so true it’s almost unreal. You’ll never get anywhere if you allow distractions or bumps in the road to steer you off track. Stay focussed on what you are aiming for and keep going until you get there.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?
Thank you so much for taking to read this interview. I hope you enjoy reading The Water Rushes saga as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I truly love interacting with fellow dreamers and make-believers so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I can be found at the following:
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