Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today we are celebrate the launch of Miriam Drori ‘s novel, Style and The Solitary. Welcome to the tearoom, Miriam.
Thank you for having me back, Paula.
Let’s start by asking you when writing Style and the Solitary did you try to be more original when writing this book, or deliver what you felt the readers wanted?
Interestingly, I’ve found that rules or guidelines, rather than restricting my writing, actually make it more unusual and original. When I wrote a romance, I chose an unconventional topic. In my series of flash fiction stories in which the sentences in each story begin with the same letter, this self-imposed restriction led me in unexpected directions. And my new crime story, Style and the Solitary, is also quite unique in some ways.
Did you feel energised or exhausted after writing this book?
I felt energised. I wrote it in November for NaNoWriMo, the month when a lot of crazy authors around the world try to write a novel in a month. In my local group, the leaders advised waiting at least a month before starting to edit our novels. I waited two days. I’d surprised myself by reaching the 50,000-word target, and was excited about finishing my first crime novel.
Do you want each of your books to stand alone, or are you building a body of work that are interconnected? Whether that be a theme, a set of characters, a setting, etc. Explain more for our readers.
I intend this book to be part of a series, in which some of the characters, including the setting, return along with new ones. However, each book in the series will stand on it own as a crime novel. None of them will end on a cliffhanger.
How do you balance your demands on the reader with taking care of your readers? In the book did you spell everything out so your reader just had to read it, or did you rely on their emotional response to your words?
I don’t spell everything out. I’m sure my readers are intelligent enough to work some things out for themselves. But I don’t like to confuse anyone, just as I don’t like to be confused by a book I’m reading.
Do you hope your book will deliver you literary success and how will this look to you?
Naturally, I want literary success. One way this could look would be invitations to give talks on social anxiety. (The novel isn’t just about social anxiety, but it’s included and I’m passionate about raising awareness of social anxiety.)
Was there anything you edited out of this book, you wanted to keep in, but you knew it would be a better book by cutting it?
Not this time, but there was a previous version, written a few years ago. That one included a longish chapter in which one of the main characters learned about social anxiety. The story didn’t need it.
How long did you spend researching this book’s subject matter, or was it a book you had already planned?
Even though the book is set in a place I know and involves characters I made up, a lot of research was involved. I found the characters places to live. I read about Ashkelon and Strasbourg, where the main characters come from. There were all sorts of details in the story that I had to learn about.
What was the hardest scene to write in the book?
There isn’t one scene that stands out as being hard to write.
How will you cope with bad reviews on this book?
I think I’ve become immune (mostly) to bad reviews. As long as there are some good ones, I’ll be happy. No author can please all readers all the time. Besides, most bad reviews are not about the writing.
What’s the one thing you would give up to become a better writer?
I don’t know. Over the past year, I’ve had more time to spend on my writing, reading and promoting. Instead of going out to folk dancing three evening a week, I’ve spent every evening at home. Trips abroad have gone and visits to and by friends have all but vanished. But activities inspire writing. If this existence continued much longer, my writing would probably suffer. Consequently, I don’t think there’s anything I would give up.
Thank you for joining me today, Miriam. Good luck with your sales. To check out more of Miriam’s writing click on the links below:
- Amazon: mybook.to/styleandthesolitary
- Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram, Wattpad,website/blog
- Amazon page: Author.to/MiriamDroriAtAmazon