Monday, 14 August 2017

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Jane Washington!

    I started writing when I was two years old. I’d concoct stories while my mother wrote them down for me, not even blinking an eye when I killed off the mother-dinosaur in my fictional dinosaur family, sending the baby dinosaurs off to live with their dinosaur grandparents. So, due to my mother’s lack of censorship every time I made up something borderline controversial, I’ve grown into an adult that mostly just writes borderline controversial things.
    And that, my friends, is how you shift blame.
     I live in Brisbane, Australia, with my Husband and our first-born son. He’s a dog, and he wasn’t born so much as bought, but he’s still our heir. We also have a couch, this one really nice lamp, and a few potted plants: Wally, Salvador, and Pinky. There was another, Alexander the Great, but he’s dead now. My writing process consists of a cycle of skipping. I skip sleep so that I can write, I skip meals so that I can write, I skip shopping so that I can write, and then I skip meals again because I didn’t go shopping. In the end, I skip writing because I’ve made myself sick.
It’s not a process I recommend.

What has she written?
She has written:

   In collaboration with the amazing Jane Washington, we will be giving away a signed copy of her awesome novel Charcoal Tears INTERNATIONALLY! Whooo! Simply enter into the giveaway bellow for your chance to win this signed copy all for yourself!
Charcoal Tears
(Seraph Black #1) 
by Jane Washington
       “You see, there is safety in simplicity… in a life of simple peace, where the electricity doesn’t dance across the backs of my eyelids, and the sparks don’t slither over my consciousness. Only asinine peace, where my paintings don’t seem to paint themselves, leaving me with terrible feelings of premonition and a chill beneath my fingernails.”
       Seraph Black used to think that she was prepared for anything. She could last days without eating, and she always walked away from the violent altercations with her father relatively unharmed. She even survived working at the club, surrounded by the dregs of society, all staring into their bottles instead of noticing the unravelling lives that trailed behind them.
       She had thought that she could survive anything, but she wasn’t prepared for Noah and Cabe to come bulldozing into her life, careless of the precious secrets they picked apart in their quest to take over her world. She was even less prepared for the mysterious Miro and Silas, but most of all…
Most of all… it was the stalker that threatened her talent for surviving. She wasn’t ready for the photos, and the messages. The warnings. The threats.

       Seraph’s life of surviving in the shadows was over, because the searchlight had found her, and there was nowhere that she could hide.
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Now on to the Interview!!!
1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
       I started lying when I was old enough to talk. I think that counts.

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
       The experience of going through something terrible, and then overcoming it. The healing process. OR... maybe if they just have a giggle at something, that's fine too.
3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
1. Don't write to impress. Write what's real.
2. Being a good author isn't about having so much confidence that you don't feel fear, it's about being terrified ... and writing anyway.
3. Also, there's this awesome thing that Kurt Vonnegut said, and I agree with it 100%: “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”

4) What is your favourite novel, why?
         Catch-22, Joseph Heller. Because it's pure brilliance.

5) Who is your favourite author, why?
          Samuel Beckett, or Joseph Heller. Beckett, because I've never encountered a person so optimistically miserable. Heller, because again, pure brilliance.

6) What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
          I play the piano!

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
          My brother, Seb. He was the first person to encourage me to write, and he never stopped.

8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
          I have too many, I can't even answer this question! :')

9) What is your funniest childhood memory?
          The day my ten-year-old self learnt how to fake-cry, and the looks on my brothers faces.

10) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
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