Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Although this is my first
foray into middle-grade fiction, I have been a professional writer for the past
decade. Previously, I co-wrote two nonfiction books, one of which was a New
York Times Bestselling Business Book. I also have a website which offers tips
and advice to aspiring writers (www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com).
Describe your book ‘Dancing On The Inside’ in 30 words or less.
Sidelined by severe social anxiety, 12-year-old
Jenny Spark struggles to fulfil her dream of becoming a ballerina, only to
discover an amazing and unexpected talent.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The idea behind the story really grabbed me, and I
wanted to it justice. So I spent a lot of time learning about story structure
and how to make the plot compelling before I starting writing.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
In the middle-grade/young
adult genre, it would probably be Harry Potter. I love the way Rowling went to
great lengths to plot all seven books in advance so she could include things in
the early books that wouldn't become significant until much later. I tend to write much shorter sentences than she does, however.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
Ironically, I'm much better at promoting
other people than myself, and more comfortable offline than on. My marketing plan
is still evolving, but I started out by soliciting reader feedback. So far,
it's been very positive.
How do you spend your time when you are not
been working on expanding my marketing platform (which I neglected for too
long). I also enjoy reading about a variety of obscure topics – I get
enthusiastic about ideas that are off the beaten track.
What are you working on next?
I have several ideas for novels I'm working on at
the moment, one of which is a sequel to this book. I also have been developing
some nonfiction projects.