A warm welcome to American author, Viola Russell, whose latest book THE DOCTOR AND THE WAR WIDOW was inspired by both her travels and life experience. Viola, tell us about your latest book and how you used your travels to inspire you.
Setting a character are equally important. In LOVE AT WAR, England, France, and Germany are important to the story, but the plot surrounding my protagonist Nuala and her friends is what gives the setting its pulse. Ireland also is important to PIRATE WOMAN, but it is Grainne O'Malley who gives the story its flavour.
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? How much editing do you do?
I write contemporary romance, mystery, and historical fiction. My editing techniques and writing practices vary with the genre. Historical fiction takes a long time to write. I research a great deal before I write, and my editing is also extensive. The contemporary romances take a shorter time to write, but I'm still an obsessive editor.
My instinct is to write by just that--"instinct," but I know that not plotting is a mistake. I especially have to plot carefully with historical fiction and with mysteries. Not plotting a mystery can be disaster, and I also plot when I write historicals. Dates and facts should be accurate. When I wrote LOVE AT WAR, I really outlined the story's chronology and the details that surrounded certain events. I discarded some and wove others into my plot. In PIRATE WOMAN, I had a very real responsibility. Graine (Grace) was a real person. I had to find fact, fiction, and lore about her. I also had to know about the period in Irish history.
|Viola outside John Lennon's former home.
I've never followed fashion. When I wrote LOVE AT WAR, I wanted to tell the story of my mother's generation. An agent who is a friend told me WWII wasn't selling. I didn't care. Writing that novel after my mother's death was cathartic. I didn't care what anyone told me. Writing LOVE AT WAR was one of the best thing I ever did. In PIRATE WOMAN, I wanted to tell the story of Grainne O'Malley. Some people warned me that others had written about her. I didn't care. The woman intrigued me. That was another wonderful experience and transported me to 1500s Ireland.
I go for the red wine and cheese. Of course, I'm a good girl. I work out first.
Thank you for talking to us, Viola. We wish you every success with Doctor and the War Widow.
Best wishes Kate.
To find out more about Viola’s work visit her website at www.violarussell.com.
Follow her blog at http://www.violarussell.blogspot.com.