Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m really excited to be posting my exclusive interview with author Jane Corry! Those of you who read my blog regularly will have heard me rave about Corry’s books (you can find my review of The Dead Ex here and Blood Sisters here), so naturally I was absolutely thrilled when she agreed to answer some questions for me. Thanks so much to Jane! Keep reading…
About the Author.
Jane Corry is the author of three Psychological Thriller novels: ‘My Husband’s Wife’ (2016), ‘Blood Sisters’ (2017) and ‘The Dead Ex’ (2018). Her upcoming novel, ‘I Looked Away’, is due to be released on 21st June 2019. Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has spent time working as the writer in residence of a high security prison for men.
1) How would you describe your psychological thriller novels using only three words (My Husband’s Wife, Blood Sisters and The Dead Ex)?
Edge of seat.
2) Are you working on any new books at the moment? Can you tell us anything about your current work in progress?
The next book is called I LOOKED AWAY. It’s about a grandmother who makes a mistake and a woman who’s homeless.
3) I love the way in which the characters in your books seem unrelated at first, but suddenly you reveal a shocking relationship between them. Do you tend to write different POV’s separately or together when working on your novels?
I write them together. I love moving from one head to another. It helps me to add pace to the plot.
4) There’s a big market out there currently for Crime/Thriller novels. What would you say sets you apart from other writers of the genre?
I’m not sure if this sets me apart but I do specialize in writing from two points of view. I also like to tackle difficult subjects that might be considered rather risky.
What do you hope to achieve in your writing?
To make readers think ‘I never knew that…’ Also to make them fall in love with my characters even if they are flawed. Aren’t we all?
5) Could you tell us a bit about your writing journey and how you managed to get published? Did you receive rejections and how did you overcome these?
How long do you have?! When I was at school, I was told to find a ‘safer’ job than being a novelist. That made me cry because all I ever wanted to do was write books. So I read English at university and then got a place on a newspaper training scheme. I sent onto write for various magazines and newspapers, turning freelance when my eldest was born. When my first marriage ended after twenty seven years, I took a job as a writer in residence of a high-security male prison. I didn’t particularly want the job but I quickly grew to love it. Then I got married again. This and my prison work inspired me to write psychological thrillers. When my first – MY HUSBAND’S WIFE – got to number 5 in the Sunday Times, it felt unreal. I overcame all the rejections on the way by getting another idea and writing….
6) Are there times when you struggle with finding inspiration or generating ideas for your writing?
No. There are ideas all around us. One usually comes to me half-way through the book I am writing. It might be a chance word or something I saw. With I LOOKED AWAY, it was coming across a dead body on the seafront.
7) How would you describe your writing process?
I like to write early without any interruptions for about two to three hours. I’ll go back to it later in the day and edit a bit. But I leave the real editing until I’ve finished the first draft. Then I’ll go through it several times, checking the plot hangs together, the characters are realistic, that they have enough problems and that I have twists which take people by surprise.
How long does it take you to write a novel?
Seven months including my own editing process. Then it goes to my editor.
8) Which books have you read recently that you’d recommend to others?
I tend to read outside my genre. I’ve almost finished Louis and Louise by Julie Cohen. I love novels which fire the imagination like this.
9) Tell me a bit more about yourself!
I look after my grandchildren for two days a week. I live by the sea and swim in a wet suit for about nine months of the year. I married a man whom I’d known all my life and who’d never been married before I’m phobic about driving on motorways. (no reason – I just hate the idea of joining fast traffic.) I love trains because they are havens to write in. I jog (badly) and play tennis (mediocre).
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Be with my husband and family. Walk. Swim. Run. Play tennis. Sunbathe. (I hate the cold.)
10) And finally, what writing tips would you give to other budding authors?
Write about something you’re passionate about. Write every day. Give your characters realistic problems. Make your reader want them to overcome those problems. Read your work out loud. It helps to check for rhythm and sense.
Happy reading 🙂