Meet our Guest: Valerie Holmes

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We’re delighted to welcome author Valerie Holmes today as our first Guest on Mirren Jones’ Diary.  Valerie is a well-established writer, having had over 30 titles published by Linford Romance/Mystery series, which are now finding their way into the eBook world.  She writes both contemporary and historical novels.  She is also an experienced creative writing tutor, working with The London School of Journalism and Writing Magazine.

 

MJ:  Hello Valerie – it’s great to have you as our very first guest here – thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed.

 VH:  Thank you for asking me as a guest onto your blog. It is very kind of you both.

MJ: We’ve lots of questions for you Valerie, but let’s start with one about the very thing we’re engaged in right now  – Guest Interviews.   We’re hoping we meet your high standards on this with our interview because you’re very successful and well-versed in conducting fascinating Author interviews yourself – you’ve 19 on your Blog (starting in January 2013, at the rate of one per month) with well-known and award-winning authors such as Peter Lovesey and Jo Beverley.

VH:  That is very generous of you to say so.

MJ:  What is the particular appeal of these interviews for you personally, and how do you go about choosing authors for upcoming slots on your blog?

VH:  When I decided to open a blog, I wanted it to be a place that would share inspiration and experience. I have been fortunate to meet some very experienced authors in my career to date, who have served their apprenticeship. Their careers and advice are inspirational and I hope that new writers who read my blog would find them so too.

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Co-Writing That Novel: How We Make It Work

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Collaborative Writing – Mirren Jones style

‘Take in laundry, before you take on a partner’

(proverb)

How can two people write a novel together? How do you decide who will write what? And what happens when you disagree?

In 2008, Elaine Atkins from Wales and Marion Duffy from Scotland published their debut novel Eight Of Cups under the pseudonym ‘Mirren Jones’. Their second novel, Never Do Harm, will be published later this year.

When out and about at ‘Meet the Author’ events, members of the audience are at first full of questions about the practicalities of co-authorship – the what, where, when and how of writing as Mirren Jones.

Very quickly, however, the talk turns to inter-personal issues, such as who’s in charge? And what do you argue about? It’s an intriguing phenomenon – a fiction-writing partnership.

Successful song writing partnerships roll off the tongue – Lennon and McCartney, Roger…

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All roads lead to Edinburgh

The six girls in our debut novel Eight of Cups came from far and wide. Their birthplaces shaped them, their University days in Edinburgh matured them, and their eventual homes both nurtured and challenged them.

But how to describe a place? And how to reflect how it might have been at the time of the action in the novel?

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