Interview with Sophia Valentine
About The author
S. Valentine grew up in England. Studying English language and literature, as well as law, she worked in a solicitors for many years before moving to Spain. She does however still visit the UK, which in a way, will always be home. Returning to her lifelong passion of writing books, she’s also a weekly columnist for The Ibizan newspaper on: lifestyle and fashion. Her other interests include reading, shopping and a nice glass of wine to shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter, Gossip Girl and SATC. She’s a social media addict, and loves connecting with new people.
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Can you tell us a joke?
Andrew called in to see his Scottish friend Angus to find he was stripping the wallpaper from the walls. Rather obviously, he remarked ‘You’re decorating, I see.’ To which Angus replied, ‘No. I’m moving house.’ LOL!
If you were a superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
The Invincible Girl, lol! My superpower would be that I could never be defeated 🙂
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Too many! Chocolate mainly!
What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
A massive house so I could move all of my family abroad. Or I’d get a private jet.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Read, have a nice bubble bath, sit in the sunshine, listen to music.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I’m quite creative. I make things now and then. I’m quite skilful at applying make-up on people also, different looks.
Were you good at English and creative writing in school?
Yes. A headmaster told a whole assembly in school that I was a ‘budding Catherine Cookson.’ I use to write in the Elizabethan era. Not a bad compliment.
What made you sit down and actually start writing a book?
The thoughts that would never leave my mind had to be put on paper. I have a vivid imagination. I wrote stories in primary school for lessons, then I completed several manuscripts when I was a teenager, and then got back into writing a few years back. If you have a passion for something, it more than likely won’t go away until you do something about it.
Do you think the cover plays an important role in the buying process of books?
I think it does. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but I’m a sucker for a pretty cover. Although if a book is absolutely amazing, it doesn’t need a fancy cover. Take ‘The Great Gatsby’ for example.
What do you think makes a good story?
Likeable characters, a horrible villain, an interesting plot, and definitely some sort of conflict, situation in which they need to either escape from, or resolve.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I usually work on two manuscripts at a time. I like to mix it up a little, switch back and forth.
How important to you are character names in your books?
Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or do they have a meaning? VERY important. Sometimes it can take me hours to find a name. I like unusual sounding names. I cannot name characters after people I know though, no way. They need to be fresh to me.
What does your writing process look like?
Coffee first. Then I check social media and emails, and blog for a bit. I then sit down to write. Coffee is a must though!
Is anything in your books based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?
A mix of both. They say a writer should write what they know. Some things I have experienced and some characters are loosely based on people I have come across. Other than that, the fictional stuff can take a whole lot of research.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
If so what is it? I would never sway away from any subject. I find writing about unfamiliar or weird things interesting and challenging. With The Black Door Trilogy, I had to research a lot, and discover a world that I am a complete stranger to. It was so interesting though. The same goes for my new contemporary novel. I had to research a big bad world, and that was exciting too! Spirits and aliens tend to freak me out a bit, especially the research part, although I can write horror and am part of a horror / thriller anthology set to be released in May. It isn’t my favourite subject to delve into.
What do you find is the hardest part of writing a book?
Marketing and promotion is the most difficult.
Do you have any advice to share for future writers?
Never give up. If it takes years, then so be it. Research, read a lot, write a lot. Improve your writing as much as you can. Talk with other authors, seek advice etc.
Sophia’s debut novel, His Confession is out now! I highly recommend this read!
Thank you for participating in the interview Sophia 🙂