Thursday, 9 February 2017

Author interview with Olivia Mason-Charles

Author interview - Olivia Mason-Charles

Many thanks to Olivia Mason-Charles for joining my blog today. Olivia shares with us her novel ‘Paper in the wind’ and some thoughts from the writing process of this novel. We are delighted to have you here today Olivia.

What made you want to become a writer?
I never wanted to become a writer. Two months after my daughter was born I became extremely ill and was later diagnosed with lupus. As I struggled with my illness, the only joy that remained was motherhood. I was told that if my condition continued to progress at the current rate, I would be in a wheelchair in 5 years and in an assisted living facility in 10 years. 

At 18 months, my daughter was diagnosed with autism and another journey began. She is such a wonderful and interesting person and I was terrified that I was would not be around to watch her grow up. To combat my crippling fear I would image my daughter’s future. Almost 17 years later, I was still standing and my daughter was becoming an amazing individual. So I decided to write about my imaginary daughter’s journey.

What would be your advice to other indie authors?
Don’t be afraid to tell your story.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
For me it was two years.

Do your story ideas come to you easily?
My story was difficult to write because of what the story represented.

How do you select the names of your characters?
I choose some of my favorite names, including a variation of my daughter’s name and my husband’s name.

Can you tell us why your books storyline is important to you?
This story line gave my peace and comfort during some of the most challenging periods of my life.

Paper in the Wind is a compassionate and riveting story depicting a single father’s dedication to his daughter. In the midst of the overwhelming struggles that accompanied autism, he continues to persevere. Her father’s love enabled her to overcome insurmountable obstacles, discovered the power of love and embraced the gift of life.

Do you write alone or in public?
I wrote at home, because I was crying like a baby.

Where can we find you online?

Thank you so much Olivia for joining us today to share your story Paper in the wind and to tell us more about yourself. We were delighted to have you here and feel honoured to learn about how Paper in the Wind is such a special and personal story for you.

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