Written by Yanis from The Yanis Mix (Tuesdays 5-6PM):
Writing is a very creative and interesting career, and one that differs greatly for each author.
On The Yanis Mix, we’ve been hearing from multiple authors to listen to their their unique experiences and anecdotes of the creation of their novels, and how they fell into their careers.
Note: all of these interviews are available on your favourite podcast app (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc). Press here to listen on your app.
Susan Allott – Book Club Ep. 1
She decided to trade the jaw-dropping landscapes of Australia to the grey views of a rainy Heathrow airport after failing to love the country her friends couldn’t get enough of. It was only as the plane touched the ground that she realised the had made a mistake.
Her secret dream, to become an author, may not have been actualised so well if this hadn’t happened. And if it weren’t for the encouragement of the Australian man she wanted to marry, she might of just given up. After writing a novel based in this country, her dislike of it slowly evaporated, leaving only a deep longing to go back.
Her debut novel has now been published. It was selected as “one of five new thrillers and mysteries to offer welcome distraction” by The Washington Post, “one of 5 psychological thrillers you should read this May” by CrimeReads, and has been reviewed by some of the most impressive names.
This is Book Club Episode 1 with Susan Allott.
Abigail Mann – Book Club Ep. 2
“Writing a novel is a brilliantly weird thing to do. You tell people you’re going to do it and everyone is very excited for you, but the actual sitting your bum down to tap one word after the other is akin to stuffing a squid in a jam jar; you know it’s possible, but it’s so bloody hard and you frequently want to chuck it in the sea.” – Abigail Mann, CWIP Website.
She was always passionate about English. After trying out her fixed idea of being a vet, she moved on to other career options. Being an author was never something she thought about.
As a secondary school teacher, she rediscovered her love of writing and started to gain confidence that perhaps it could hold a future for her. When she took a year to write her novel, she embarked on a challenging but rewarding adventure that ended in a book she never saw coming.
Her debut novel won her a runner-up prize in the Comedy Women In Print Awards 2019, one of the biggest and most exciting moments of her career.
This is Book Club Episode 2 with Abigail Mann.
Nicola Gill – Book Club Ep. 3
“I think even the fact that you’ve written one or now two books before, it doesn’t make it any less scary to sit down and just think: Wow. I’ve got to create this whole story from nothing” – Nicola Gill
She’s wanted the job since she was 5. She published her debut in February 2020, her second in September and is already writing her third. She went from being an unpaid intern running from one job to another to her dream career – writing.
Her uplifting and comedic stories, although not covering the most lighthearted of themes, emphasise the bold contrast between the light and the dark – something she believes provokes comedy.
“It’s the light and the dark together that I really like – I like writing and I like as a reader as well” – Nicola Gill
“Sometimes, in the darkest times in our lives, we’ll still find humour” – Nicola Gill
This is Book Club Episode 3 with Nicola Gill
Hannah Gold – Book Club Ep. 4
“A lot of people probably think that writing children’s book is maybe easier, and I wouldn’t necessarily say it is easier because, you know, you can’t underestimate children – they’re so smart, and they’re so ingenious, and they’re so sensitive, and they’re incredible” – Hannah Gold
Writing has been a long term passion for her, along with the idea of animals and being a vet. Having recently released her debut children’s book, “The Last Bear”, she has settled on her first dream, although her love for the natural world still shines through the pages of her novel.
Her dream for writing was one she pursued in her early 20’s, with the idea for “The Last Bear”, her first book to receive a publishing deal, and to receive endorsement from Michael Morpurgo, sparking in 2019.
“I also really like the freedom in children’s books, it’s like sometimes adult’s books can be boxed into they have to be particular genres and you can’t cross genres. I think there’s a lot of adventure and freedom and this idea that anything can go in children’s books, and they’re just really hopeful. They’re really hopeful books and they’re sort of celebrations and you can read them and they can be just like really good escapism” – Hannah Gold
This is Book Club Episode 4 with Hannah Gold.