Woohoo! I just got to spend some time getting to know a fellow writer in the Romance genre. Such a fun person! Bigga has concentrated on writing short stories in the past, but she’s recently delved into the world of writing novels.
Here’s a little snippet of our conversation, along with her bio and contact link at the bottom of the interview.
So how do you develop your characters for your story?
Ah, this depends on what I’m writing, but mostly I develop characters as I go along according to the story. I admire writers who have dossier upon dossier on their characters – they know every single detail about their character.
For me, I just know their gender, and perhaps their story goal. Sometimes they wouldn’t even get names until I’d written a considerable portion of the story.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Oh boy, that’s so funny and tickles me because I’m still an aspiring writer in some ways and there is already so much advice out there – good, bad and plain useless.
I guess from my own expereinces I’ll say read, write, and for crying out loud, don’t get exhausted by reading ‘how-to-write’ books, or following the writing rules. And treat so-called writing blog gurus with caution.
If possible, invest in a reputable basic or beginner’s writing class or course with a commercially published instructor/tutor. Equally, join a good critiquing or workshopping group (in real life or online). I’m a member of Scribophile which I highly recommend, because I doubt I’ll have finished my novel if I wasn’t part of the site.
What drew you to write in this genre?
Now that’s an easy question. I read a lot of romance as a teenager, so when I started writing I just seemed to gravitate towards romance.
Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
I’m not into about famous people. I’m interested in celebrity news but it’s mostly for watercooler and small talk or just icebreakers. Also there is the public image and persona which may be very different from the private person.
I’m more about non-famous people I can learn directly from – I work in the charity sector so I get to meet and work with a lot of inspirational people, and then my family, friends and people I know.
Are there types of scenes you find more difficult to write? How do you handle that?
The sex scenes are difficult. The action sequence, the mood, and feelings or sensory details. A little more than ‘Wham bam, thank you, ma’am’ type thing. At times, I’m not sure it’s worth the effort since getting the right balance can be challenging, and it’s also a matter of reader’s taste.
How do I handle that? At this point I’m not sure, I like sex scenes to be emotionally charged and move the plot forward. So the jury is still out.
The next are emotional scenes. These are best written when I know the ‘essence’ of the character. I can really channel into their core emotions, and it’s hard to describe because it’s not just about having a paper character profile with traits.
However, if I don’t have the ‘essence’ of the character, writing emotional scenes can feel flat and generic. It will still be technically sound but just missing that something – however at times that needs to be good enough.
Anna W Aden lives in the UK. She also blogs and writes under the pseudonym Biggaletta “Bigga” Day. She is a self confessed cake-aholic who loves a bargain in the sales, discovering London’s open green spaces, the occasional music concert, and libraries.
And once in awhile she catches up on reality and youtube shows.