Welcome, Talli Roland…
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I started off writing travel guides, which was so much fun! My dream was always writing fiction, though.
After training as a journalist, I’d quickly discovered that sticking to the facts can be a little . . . dull. I wrote four novels before I managed to get my first published, and things have gone from there. I love writing – it’s the perfect job for me.
What was the first story you wrote?
When I was around thirteen, I wrote a novel called Glint off the Gold about a handicapped diver who makes it to the Olympics. I sent it off to many publishers and received my first rejections!
Were you inspired by someone or something?
I loved reading as a child, and my favourite authors inspired me. Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), Monica Hughes, and Judy Bloom all pushed me to make up my own stories.
What do you like about writing a story?
I love immersing myself in another world, and watching my characters grow and change. It’s so rewarding to know you’ve created this out of nothing but an idea in your head.
Can you tell us about your newest book?
My latest novel is called The No-Kids Club, and it’s about a group of woman who – having lost their friends to babies and motherhood – form a social network for people who don’t have children.
How did you come up with the story?
I didn’t have my son until my late thirties, and until I hit my mid-thirties, I’d been quite sure I didn’t want children. I watched many of my friends embark on parenthood, and I saw how their lives and priorities changed. The fundamental differences between people who don’t have kids and those that do fascinated me, and I wanted to explore it.
What genre best fits for the book?
The novel fits quite nicely into contemporary women’s fiction.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
I’m working on a novel called The Everything Dream, about a woman who must choose between following her passion and fulfilling familial responsibilities.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
My tip would be to just keep writing! Don’t give up if one novel doesn’t get published. Plus, keep an open mind about how you’d like to be published. There are many routes to market these days.
What is your writing routine?
My son is in nursery three mornings a week, and that’s when I get most of my work done. I sit down at 8 a.m. and usually work until around 11:30 – with a break for toast! And coffee!
Do you have an editing process?
The second draft is when I focus on the structure, the third and fourth are smoothing out the characters’ journeys, and the fifth is copyediting and working on the writing.
What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?
By the time I get to the fifth draft, I’m usually VERY sick of the whole thing! It takes every bit of motivation to persevere and get through it.
How important is it for you to share your writing?
Very. I love hearing from readers! I enjoy writing, but I want others to hopefully enjoy reading it.
Where can people go to read your work?
All of my novels are available worldwide on Amazon.
Where can people find you on the internet?
Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
Thanks for reading! I love getting emails from readers, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks for a great interview Talli and I look forward to reading The No-Kids Club. Suzan.