I am excited today to share with you my first author interview. To get the ball rolling I approached fellow indie author Judith Fullerton, author of ‘The Selkie Pact’; she was kind enough to agree to answer a few questions about her work.
You are the author of the The Selkie Pact, tell us a bit about the book.
The story tells the tale of a teenager, Finn, who is plagued by strange dreams and haunting music. He’s arrived at his grandparents’ cottage by the sea, when he discovers family secret that changes life as he knows it. Finn strives to uphold a pact made before he was born, leading him into a dangerous but magical adventure. He also knows that failure will tear his family apart. The story is set in present day, but explores the myths and legends that exist along the Antrim Coast.
What made you want to be a writer? Was there an aha! moment when you knew that’s what you wanted?
I struggled to read as a child, and found myself in the special needs group for reading. I remember looking at my classmates with envy as they read ‘Dick and Dora’ while I was still stuck on ‘Peter and Jane’. It made me determined to learn to read. My mum and the class teacher helped me. I remember being awarded a big bag of books as a prize. Since then, I’ve always wanted to write books that both adults and children will enjoy – it’s my way of giving something back.
What made you decide to go down the Indie publishing route?
Judith: I found myself in a position of having a story, but nowhere for it. There are no publishers for children in Northern Ireland, and the ones in England said that it wouldn’t have a market on the mainland. I disagreed, so the Indie publishing route was the way to go for me. I now have total control and the book is stocked in Amazon and several shops along the coast. Indie authors are the most supportive bunch of people around, always ready to offer advice and support. I’ll never make millions – but that’s not why I write anyway!
What advice would you give to other writers considering self publishing?
1. Proofread, proofread, proofread – make sure your story is the best it can be. Find someone who will tell you the truth. My husband is actually the best proof-reader I know. He is brilliant at finding errors and checking consistency, and he’s not afraid to tell me!
2. Join as many writing groups as you can. Most of mine are on FB.
3. Join Twitter and use pictures – most people respond to images rather than text.
4. Make a book trailer – and share it on your page and tweet the link.
5. Always support your fellow Indie author – goodwill goes a long way!
6. Keep writing – you’ll be amazed at how much your writing will improve.
7. Believe in yourself!
Would you say there were any particular writers who had an influence on you or your writing and in what way did they influence you?
I am influenced by two writers. Roald Dahl and Ali Sparkes. Dahl’s books are filled with the most fantastic scenes, particularly in Charlie and Chocolate Factory and The Twits. Ali Sparkes writes the most fantastic dialogue and her books are fast-paced and easy to read.
Your new book the selkie mist has just been released, how does this follow on from the first book?
The Selkie Mist revisits Finn, one year on from his fulfilling of the pact. A strange mist descended upon the area because the ‘Mists of Time’ are swaying. Finn must race to find and repair the markers to protect the people in the area. His powers are developing and Finn’s visions show that it could be his last adventure!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently writing my third story in the Selkie Pact series – ‘The Selkie Isle’. The tale sees Finn try to outwit the strange sea-people who live on a mysterious enchanted isle. His decisions will carry far-reaching consequences.