Today I have a lovely interview with Jenny Morton Potts for you, as part of her Just blog tour.
Many thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources.
Interview with Jenny Morton Potts…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
I’m a writer, a wife and mother. I put writer first deliberately, since it seems to most fully define me; like I’m of the writer species. I used to write literature (which I miss) and now I write thrillers (which I love too). I’m also doing memoir for a ballet dancer at the moment and working on another book which is a literary collaboration about the cello. It’s not nearly as dull as it sounds. You don’t need any knowledge of the cello (I personally have none, except I like listening to it) to enjoy the book. The same can be said for the ballet memoir. I just aim for cracking good reads.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
I found a little box in the attic which has a dusty old label marked, ‘Fantastic ideas for novels’ and I just dip into that. No, I’m kidding. Ideas just come at me constantly, like one of those tennis ball machines. I could never create the time to write up and around all my ideas.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Not knowingly. There are a lot of things which happen to them which are real events from my life but no, I don’t use the people I know as characters. They are just too villainous; no-one would believe in them.
How do you pick your characters names?
I’m very fussy about my characters’ names. They have to feel perfect. And the syllables have to have the right balance from first name to surname. So that usually, if a character has a two syllable first name, they will have a one syllable surname, and vice versa. I am always scouring the world for names to use. One that I had my eye on recently is Wragg and another is Prayor. I like names like that which sound like solicitors. So they will probably be cropping up soon.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
No mystery. 9 to 5, pretty much. I don’t stop for breaks, just nip to the kitchen for tea. I don’t take any days off while I’m writing a book, no weekends. I will start off by re-reading the previous day’s work and editing that. (If I don’t, then I can’t clear my head of it. I’m a tidy, organised person; methodical.) Then I move onto fresh material. I keep all the work in folders on my laptop: marketing, synopsis, chapter headings, ideas (outlines, one liners, etc), cover. I have a cabin I write in but I could do it anywhere, and frequently do.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
E M Forster, E Annie Proulx, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Mary Dorcey, Kate Millett
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
It would be Mary Dorcey and I’d say, ‘What can I do to persuade you to write another novel?’
Were you a big reader as a child?
Not huge. But I read quite grown up books. My family weren’t big readers and so I was never ‘introduced’ to books or encouraged to read. I just found some interesting ones kicking around and my tummy would turn over when I realised this clever, thrilling stuff was out there.
When did you start to write?
I was probably about nine. I wrote plays and produced, directed, performed them. I did this with all my friends and it was a treasured time. We were in hysterics constantly and it was a challenge to get through the performances.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
I would never change an ending to a book. I have never felt I wanted to. Even if it is disappointing, or incredibly sad, it’s what was intended.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
Oh God, almost everything I read. All of Margaret Attwood’s.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
That’s a fab question. Something irreverent, I guess. Or some silly Victoria Wood quote which has no appropriateness at all, like ‘We shall have fog by teatime’.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
I would probably take one of my own characters. I like them so much. Lucienne Langbrook, I think, who is in my new book, Just. She really needs a friend and I need to persuade her that she’s not nearly as uptight as she thinks she is.
What are you working on right now?
A memoir for a famous ballet dancer.
Do you have a new release due?
Yeah! My fabulous new thriller, Just!
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
I lie low till sunset, then sip a glass of bubbly, trying not to panic about reviews.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Readers are welcome to contact me in any way they wish. Email, Facebook, Twitter, coffee in a café.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I’m really good at super fiendish sudoku and I’m not a bad bridge player.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Jenny!
My great pleasure, Kerry! Jenny x
How far would you go to save a life?
On golden Mediterranean sands, maverick doctor Scott Langbrook falls recklessly in love with his team leader, Fiyori Maziq. If only that was the extent of his falling, but Scott descends into the hellish clutches of someone much more sinister.
‘Just’ is a story of love and loss, of terror and triumph. Set in idyllic Cambridge and on the shores of the Med and Cornwall, our characters fight for their very lives on land and at sea.
An unforgettable novel which goes to the heart of our catastrophic times, and seeks salvation.
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Author Bio –
Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer, and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realized she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.
Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with the family. She tries not to take herself too seriously.
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