Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?
My latest book is an editing guide, Words’Worth: a fiction writer’s guide to serious editing, which I published in April 2016. It’s short – 54 pages - and describes a technique for comprehensive editing.
It’s available on Kindle from Amazon.
For many years, writing was a hobby, something I would fit in around work. When we planned to move to France for three years (2006 – 2009), I knew I wouldn’t be able work there with my limited French. A month or so before we left, on a wet Saturday afternoon at the gym, walking on a treadmill and listening to Martha Reeves and the Vandellas singing "Dancing in the Street", I had a defining moment when I thought, ‘I’ll give writing a go.’ And I haven’t looked back. Interestingly, it was only during our second year in Grenoble that I was able to tell people I’m a writer, without that critical demon in my head accusing me of being a fraud.
Ian McEwan, Clare Francis, Anita Shreve, all of whom have a wonderful use of language, the ability to create plausible characters, describe setting, and to tell a story.
At home I have a desk in our sitting room where I write. I’m surrounded by large yuccas and rubber plants which I enjoy looking at.
I also rent desk space at a wonderful social enterprise organization, The Melting Pot, in Edinburgh. Sometimes I go to our local café, aptly named Nom de Plume, which is a lovely venue – cozy in winter, sunny in summer, where they serve delicious cheese scones and chocolate cake. There are also a few quirky places I use.
If I’m on my exercise bike, I rest my laptop on the handlebars and combine my workout with writing or editing. If we’re traveling and the scenery is boring or darkness has fallen, I sometimes write in the back of our van.
As for time of day, I don’t have a routine. It could be any time between 11 am and 2 am. Afternoons tend to be my most productive times for the actual writing/editing part. Mornings I often spend promoting my books. I’m not one of those writers who starts at 6 am and finishes at 10 pm every day.
THINGS TO CHECK: PART 1 - OVERVIEW EDITING
Jane Riddell is a Scottish writer based in Edinburgh. For years she worked for the NHS as a dietitian and health promoter, writing being a hobby. In 2006 she impulsively moved her family to France, and during her three years there writing became a passion.
Jane writes contemporary fiction and her novels Daughters of the Lake and Chergui’s Child can be found on Amazon.
Jane is also the proprietor of an editing business, Choice Words Editing.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Riddell/e/B00B9E4ABQ/