It’s March, and I’m over the moon to be re-launching my Meet the Author series! We had a bit of a break over January and February, but we’re back! The format is slightly different now, so rather than the questions being the same each interview, authors are now able to choose some of their own. Hopefully this will keep it fresh, and we’ll learn lots of different things about lots of different fantastic authors!
Interest in the series was through the roof, so again I’ll be publishing 2 interviews a week on a Wednesday & Saturday (and we have a waiting list for 2021!!). I’m so excited!! So without further ado, I’d delighted to welcome out first author of 2020 – D Wells………
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a married mother of three and I have self-published for five years. I love writing about family dynamics and can’t resist setting part of my novels in another era, as I adore researching history. My family and I live in East Anglia and after experiencing living in various cities over the years, I am a self-confessed country girl.
How many books have you written and published?
I have written three short stories, which I self-published under my married name (D. van de Merwe), as well as one full length novel 6 Caledon Street under my pen name D. Wells. I have also written manuscript number five which is out on submission and I am working on manuscript number six right now.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I have yet to complete a first draft in less than six months, due to only writing part time. With planning and research, and edits, it probably takes between 10-12 months.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
That is a little like being asked to choose between my children! I love each book for different reasons, but I was particularly proud of 6 Caledon Street, as it was the first full length novel I had published.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Arthur Turrell, from my short story collection: Red. He is a quirky, underdog, kind of character, and highly intelligent. He’s shy, harmless and a little unsure of himself. Actually, he’d be pretty useless in a survival situation, but I probably have enough survival skills for the both of us. I’m probably only choosing him as he wouldn’t get in the way and would let me get on with things.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an author. I loved writing stories from early on. I realised, aged about eight, all those books in school library were written by people… and that was their job! It was a massive revelation.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
I would love to time travel. I would probably choose to visit the Georgian period as my favourite novel Pride and Prejudice is set there.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I’m philosophical about the idea. The very first time I met my husband there was a strong sense that ‘this person will be important.’ It was a few weeks later before I realised it was because I had feelings for him. That’s the closest I have got to love at first sight.
What is something you can’t live without?
Coffee! I have given it up twice in the past (tellingly, before having children), but wouldn’t even attempt it now. As well as being able to wake me up in the mornings, coffee has some pretty good health benefits too.
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
Hmm, this is a difficult question. I love writing strong characters, which I think then allows for a gentler plot, as they can better carry the story. But I have always loved descriptive writing and aim to set my books in inspiring places.
Do you like reading and do you have a favourite author?
I love reading, but I actually don’t have a favourite author… yet. I am constantly reading, and I enjoy multiple genres, so I am still hopeful that I will discover my favourite author one day.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
6 Caledon Street is an uplit novel with an historical twist. We follow Sarah Miller as she leaves behind her painful past and moves into a recently restored Edwardian townhouse. There she establishes new friendships, strengthens old ones, and discovers the mysterious journals of an Edwardian girl, who lived there over one hundred years before.
Recognising parallels in her life and the young girl’s among the crisp pages of the journal, Sarah is faced with the choice to overcome her past, or allow it to hinder her future.
6 Caledon Street is sold via Amazon, in paperback and ebook formats. It is also available on Kindle Unlimited.
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final words from chelle….
Massive thank you for D Wells for this lovely interview! I have to say that 6 Caledon Street sounds fantastic! I’d absolutely love to move to a house and find some journals from a long passed away person that lived in my house!! I’ll definitely be adding this book to my wish list.
I’d be interested to know when you find your favourite author and who it is! I also find it fascinating that you’ve always known you wanted to be an author – it must be an amazing feeling to know you got there!
Thanks again, and if any of you lovely readers out there have any questions then pop a comment below, or get in touch using the links above.
Have a fantastic day and I hope March is amazing for you all!