What got you in to writing?
I can’t remember ever not writing. I started off writing journals and poetry. Mainly from the time my sister passed away.It was the only way I found I could express myself.
What first got me into writing novels was an old friend. We both found one summer, that we couldn’t find anything we wanted to read.
So she joked I should write a book about the only thing we wanted to read about. Guy’s in bands. And so over that summer Zero on the rock-o-meter was born.
What’s your favourite book and why?
I don’t really have a favourite book. There are a few I do reread.
If I had to pick one it would probably be, Angus thongs and full frontal snogging by Louise Rennison.
Simply because I wanted to write books that made me feel that happy to be reading.
What’s your writing routine?
I write everything in a notebook first. I’m all about pen and paper. I can sit and loose myself for hours.
I find when typing I have to really motivate myself to sit and type.
But I can write and anytime and do it for hours on end. And sometimes I just can’t sit still.
Tea or coffee?
I don’t drink either.
As a young author, do you find there is prejudiced against you?
I haven’t really felt any negativity because of my age. It’s never really been an issue.
You write YA. Is this an active choice?
Writing Young Adult just happened. It wasn’t a choice.
I do read a lot of it, so it was no doubt an influence.
I find I can relate to it more than any other genres.
Are your friends and family supportive of your writing career?
Yes they are really supportive.
I have a couple of good friends who always push me to finish, when I have my moment of not wanting to type.
And one’s that I can bounce ideas off of. My parents have always been very supportive of it.
Though it does seem to have passed my brother by.
Is it hard balancing your writing life with your working life?
No I don’t find it hard. Writing has always come first. I have a good support system at home.
Are you self-published or with an agent?
How do you keep motivated?
Most of the time it just comes out, and I don’t need to motivate myself.
When writing with pen and paper I can write for hours.
But I do need to be in the right mood when typing. But My friend is good for giving me a push.
She does nag me a fair bit to finish them, so she can read it.
I always have head phones on and listen to music when writing.
Broken In Stereo (2) by Clare Watkinson
Dirty Denim by Clare Watkinson
|Zero on the Rock-O-Meter by Clare WatkinsonLink: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1496043448|