When on the hunt to find an author to interview, I remembered that I was following the chick-lit author Lacey London on Twitter. After looking at her large collection of books on Amazon, I was really interested to find out how she had managed to become such a successful author, mostly because I would love to become an author someday (when I find the confidence to actually sit and write fiction).
Thankfully Lacey agreed to interview with me, and I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did!
When did you realise your passion for writing?
I have always loved books. I was that peculiar child who liked to stay indoors and read when everyone else was playing in the sun. Around three years ago, I decided to pen my own story and the Clara series was born. What started as a fun project soon snow-balled into a nine-book series and I have never looked back.
Which genres do you write?
I generally write light-hearted chick-lit. The Clara series has been described as ‘Shopaholic meets Bridget Jones’ and I think that describes it perfectly.
What is it like each time you publish a new book?
Publication day is always exciting, although it is also extremely nerve-wrecking. After a celebratory glass of fizz, I anxiously wait for the reviews to come in. The following day, I move on to the next project.
What does your normal day look like?
A normal working day for me revolves around my laptop, a pair of fluffy slippers and a mountain of coffee. I generally work all night and sleep all day. I find it easier to write when the rest of the world are sleeping.
What advice would you give somebody who wanted to become an author?
Patience is very important. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The road to writing success is rocky, but if you stay true to your writing and keep motivated, you will get there in the end.
What is the toughest part about being an author?
Reading negative reviews is always tough, no matter how long you have been writing. I had to develop a thick skin pretty quickly and realise that my work won’t appeal to everyone. We are all different and all have our own opinions, which is what makes the world so beautiful.
What was the turning point of your career (so far)?
Leaving Clara behind to start Anxiety Girl was a big task for me. Turning my hand to a new genre was mentally challenging, especially because it deals with a subject so close to my heart.
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
I like to escape in light-hearted books, something fluffy and easy that you can lose yourself in.
I love Jane Costello, Lindsey Kelk and Sophie Kinsella.
Biggest supporter of your career so far?
My husband. He has encouraged me since the very first day I put pen to paper.
What helps you get through a stressful day?
Wine! I also love to take long walks in the countryside with my hubby and our fur-baby.
What advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
To keep motivated and to not get dis-heartened when things don’t go to plan.
Any favourite quotes that particularly motivate/inspire you?
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think…