SPFBO Author Interview: Ann Woodley: Witch Spelling

This was an interview I had back in June but it got lost in my email until I did some spring cleaning last night. Sorry Ann! Today’s interview is with you!



First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?  


I’ve written across various genres, including a ghost novel, a stalker novel, a fantasy novella (witches), tarot books, poetry, short stories  (murder, crime, reincarnation, general fiction) & a children’s book.


How do you develop your plots and characters?


They develop as I go along, generally going where they want to, as a pantser, I don’t plan out the fiction at all.


Tell us about your current project.


Non-fiction, I hope to have it ready in time to publish before Christmas.

Pretty hush-hush right now, although there are some out there already, I don’t want to give people the idea to flood the market with similar books before mine is ready


Who would you say is the main character of your novels? And tell me a little bit about them!


Each work is a standalone so there are different characters in each one.


What advice would you give new writers on how to delve into creative fiction?


Not sure I’m qualified to give advice, I only started to publish a little over a year ago.

I guess, start it & continue until it’s done, then go onto the next one


What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the world building within your book?


This is a difficult question as I don’t have epic world building but a moon landing influenced one part of Witch Spelling.


What inspires you to write?


Usually an idea pops into my head & I build on that. The first chapter of Serial Stalker came from a dream & I just built on that.


What was the hardest part of writing this book?


Having a poor memory & having to rely on notes to (hopefully) get everything to tie in correctly.


What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?


Chapter, Wiz.

Part, his travels to the moon etc.  

Not sure why, I just tried to choose a part that sprang to mind after reading the question.


Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?


This was my first longer work of fiction, so it prepared me a little for writing my next 2 novels.


It’s sometimes difficult to get into understanding the characters we write. How do you go about it?

You ask some difficult questions.

I think my characters introduce themselves to me as the story unfolds & they just do what they want to do & be who they want to be. I really do have no idea what will happen in any chapter until I read what I’ve just written & see where it wants to go next.


What are your future project(s)?


I haven’t planned anything yet, my WIP will take a while, and then I hope inspiration will strike again for something new.


If you couldn’t be an author, what ideal job would you like to do?


At my age as little as possible with a huge wage.


What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?


Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/Books-by-A-Woodley-1842697729323365/


Twitter   https://twitter.com/A_Woodley_


Blog    https://randomstuffandbooks.blogspot.co.uk/


Goodreads   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16676598.A_Woodley


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