Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Diane Fagan, author of Jodie’s Rescue.
Hi Diane, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 5 minutes with… is a short interview with our authors so their audience can get to know them a little better and for aspiring writers to learn more about the writing process.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I think I was born wanting to write! It wasn’t a conscious decision, just something that I’ve always done, like eating and sleeping. I love words and language.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
I don’t really think there is any easy thing because one has to be so focussed, but the joy is reading back what you write, and thinking, that sounds good!
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest part is actually making the time to sit down and write when there are dozens of other things grabbing your attention. Then once you get going, you wonder why you procrastinated for so long.
What is your favourite book and why?
I have so many favourite books but one that stands out is The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico. It’s only a little book but the language is so evocative and tells of a beautiful bird and a hunchback living by the sea. The sea figures prominently in Jodie’s Rescue. of course.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I would only say, just write from the heart. Not what you think will sell or what is in vogue at the time. Write about something that really interests you, no matter how bizarre or unusual, and you will be amazed at how the words just flow.
Why did you choose to self publish?
I’ve been trying to publish my book for twenty years with multiple edits and numerous rewrites, and so many years of it sitting on the shelf being neglected. But Jodie would pop into my head when I was out sailing, and occupy my thoughts, and at last I realized I just had to publish it myself!
How many book titles did you consider before the final title?
I had many titles, Rescue at Lighthouse Point, and lots of others, but when I came to send it to the publisher, it was obvious to me that it had to be Jodie’s Rescue, with the layers of meaning.
How much research did you do?
I actually did a lot of research going to different islands on Sydney Harbour and reading the history about each place. It’s such a fascinating harbour with firstly the Aboriginal, and then convict settlement, the military occupation and the shipbuilding trade, all taking place in such a beautiful breathtaking environment.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about?
I wanted Jodie had to be on the sea in her little sailing boat, with the image of the lighthouse in the background. David, the designer at A&A Publishing, created it beautifully, and I like it that Jodie is moving forward but looking backward as well, as she struggles with her issues.
Will there be a sequel?
Definitely! I’m working on the next Jodie book because there are so many places for her to explore on Sydney Harbour, and also other challenges in her growing up that she and her friend Sarah, have to face.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Thank you for your time Diane and good luck with Jodie’s Rescue.