Q & A with Denise Burdett

Why did you decide to write your book?

I have been writing short stories for as long as I can remember. This story idea popped into my head and I just knew I had to put it down on paper.

Who/what inspired you to write?

My father has told stories all my life so was probably my biggest inspiration in not denying one’s imagination. I always loved getting lost in books, feeling like I was part of the story and that I had a close relationship with the characters. I loved getting lost in the pages and the characters as I wrote.

Dr Virginia Lowe of Create a Kid’s Book also encouraged me throughout my writing journey.

What has been the most rewarding part of this process?

Seeing it in print; seeing the cover which alludes to the mystery of the story. Knowing that after hours of tapping away at the keyboard I have produced something that others will enjoy.

I have had numerous highs throughout this process. Seeing my cover for the first time was wonderful I couldn’t stop looking at it...I think because my dream was finally coming to fruition. Now it is just the joy of having people tell me how much they loved my story and asking when will my next one be out is extremely gratifying and motivating.

What are your top tips for writing a book?

Keep a notebook handy and write down ideas, settings, and characters as they pop into your mind. As a novice writer, listen to the advice of others – don’t be too stubborn – at least consider what is being conveyed to you in good faith. And be prepared to write and rewrite and rewrite, you will be richer for the process.

Which books/authors have inspired you?

Enid Blyton, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Colleen McCulloch, Bryce Courtenay, Kate Morton, Di Morrissey.

These writers took me to another place and time. They kept me interested and wanting more. They invited me into the lives of their characters, and I became one with them. Their books have filled many hours and touched on many feelings: happiness, sadness, grief, love, fear. I can revisit these books years later and still get enjoyment and discover new insights that I may have missed during the first reading. Their stories are also timeless...

Why did you decide to self publish?

Getting published by a known publishing company is difficult to achieve. I think self publishing to a writer is the same as XFactor for singers – they have talent, you just have to get it out there for the public to judge. How can you bring enjoyment to others if it never leaves your home?

What do you hope your readers will get out of your book?

I hope they enjoy it, I hope it will keep them motivated to read more and I hope they like it enough to consider buying a future book I may write.

Would you consider writing another book?

Definitely, I have another manuscript that I am going to revisit and ascertain if I want to publish it or not. I also have about five chapters written of another story, which I hope to complete in 2013. Some people who have read The House of Secrets ‘Casa d Amore’ have asked if there will be a sequel so I might even consider that option.