Today in the Library we have Phyllis Goodwin, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.
You are very welcome, Phyllis, please introduce yourself:
I was born in Bath, United Kingdom and spent my childhood in Argentina. I returned with my parents when I was twelve and attended a Grammar School in Bath. After working in London, I married and moved to the Midlands with my husband. In Southampton, I attended the University as a mature student whilst my two children were growing up. I now have four grandchildren and live on the Isle of Wight. I started by writing articles and a column in a Dog Paper.
Did you read much as a child? Are you an avid reader now? Do you prefer books in your own genre or are you happy to explore others?
My parents read to me as a child and I liked telling stories by looking at the pictures. I didn’t go to school until I was seven. I do prefer books in my own genre and belong to a Writing group so I do read a variety of books written by members.
Are you self-published or traditionally published?
My articles have been published in magazines and newspapers. My novel is an historical romance, self-published in paperback, available from Amazon. My non-fiction books are about Field Spaniels.
Has your country of origin/culture influenced your writing?
The country where I grew up has influenced my writing. I like travelling and using impressions in my stories.
Do you have a favourite time of day to write?
My favourite time for writing is in the morning and I have to be strict with myself about going on line to check my emails and social media sites. I try not to do this until after lunch!
What is the best thing about being an author? And the flipside – what is the worst?
The best thing about being an author is holding the finished book in your hand and the worst thing is trying to use all your ideas and put them into print before it is too late.
Is social media an essential chore or something you enjoy? Which forum do you prefer?
I enjoy social media and Twitter is my favourite followed by Facebook and Pinterest.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be up to?
If I were not a writer, I would probably be a pain to my poor children!
It’s the last day and the earth is facing oblivion – what book would you read?
My favourite book is ‘Pride &Prejudice’ by Jane Austen but if the earth is facing oblivion I may try to go to the Moon.
Please tell us what you are working on or your latest published work.
At present I am working on three projects. The first is a book of short stories called: ‘Dog Tales & Other Gems’. This is almost ready for publication when I’ve finished sorting the illustrations. Then my 2nd novel called ‘Home to Haiti’, an historical romance with a touch of mystery and thirdly a Memoir tracing my childhood from three months to 12 years in Argentina. At present this is called ‘It’s Raining Frogs’
If you would like to know more about Phyllis and her work please follow the links below:
Cry for me Argentina is available on Amazon.co.uk
Her Field Spaniel books are available to order by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org