Gemma Halliday is a very successful author and has taken time to answer some of my questions. Gemma is the bestselling author of the High Heels Mysteries and Hollywood Headlines and many more.
How do you strike the balance between writing something you want to write and writing something that people want to read, in terms of the compromises you make, if any?
This is an awesome question. When I first started writing, I wrote the type of book that I thought would sell well. Of course I had fun with it and added my personal voice to the genre, but I was ultimately writing a genre I didn't necessarily read but that I thought was the "right" one. I wrote four books like that before I got tired of the endless "close but not quiet there" rejection letters. Finally I decided to just write a book for fun, something that I felt strongly about, that I thought would be fun to read. That's the book that ended up winning awards, earning me recognition in the publishing communities and, ultimately, caught the attention of an editor who published my first book. So I think writing what you love is a really big part of being successful.
What excites, attracts or appeals to you about the genre(s) you write in.
I love a puzzle, so mysteries are what tickles my fancy.
How much of you is in your characters? Which of your characters is the you that you’d most like to be? Or be with ?
My main character in my High Heels series is pretty much just like me. I didn't plan her that way, but I think in order to be authentic in your writing, you have to draw on what you know.
What type of book do you like reading? Is it the same genre as you write?
Actually, I really do love reading the same sort of mysteries that I write - fun, light on the violence, heavy on the humour. I also love historicals, but I would never attempt to write one. I'd be way to afraid of getting the facts wrong.
How do you feel when a reader points out the spelling mistake(s) you have made?
I appreciate it! I have several editors and proofreaders that go over my work before I publish it, but, let's face it, they are human. I've had books go through several rounds of edits with traditional publishing houses and come out with errors in them, too. It happens. The nice thing about indie publishing is that I can fix errors even after the book has been published. So I do appreciate people letting me know if they find one.
What is on your near horizon?
I have several projects slated for this year, including another instalment of my High Heels series, plus a couple of new series in the works with co-authors, which I'm really looking forward to.
Where can we find you for more information?
Readers can find me online at: www.gemmahalliday.com
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