Getting to Know the Author: Vanessa Finaughty

HeartSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES  Welcome, Vanessa. let’s learn more about you …

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
I write mostly fantasy, with a bit of science fiction thrown in. I’ve always imagined what other worlds would be like, and writing about them is one way to explore the possibilities.

WoE 2Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
I do at times, but I try not to. I find the writing flows smoother if I’m focussed on one world at a time.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?
No, I use beta readers, but they only receive the manuscript once it’s been through my editor and I feel that it’s ready to publish.

Can you remember your first reading book?
Unfortunately not, but I do remember some of the first books I enjoyed, like the Narnia books, Secret Seven, Famous Five, Nancy Drew, The Faraway Tree and so on.

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
If there are any handy, definitely! It’s usually chocolate or biscuits, but can be anything that doesn’t leave crumbs or make my fingers oily.

WoE 1Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
Organised chaos. It looks like a bit of a mess, but I know where everything is and, if anyone tidied it, I wouldn’t be able to find anything. There’s a stack of two filing trays on the far right corner, with a lava lamp next to them, and a stationary holder and oil burner in front. Then my monitor and speakers, a container with note paper, with lots of the pieces strewn in front of it – taking up pretty much the rest of that space, along with my coffee mug, pens, highlighters, a lighter, hair band, cell phone, lip ice, nail file and plenty of other items.

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
Self-published. My first book was published by a company that I ended up being deeply disappointed in, so I decided to self-publish all future books in order to gain full control over the process. I prefer this to being traditionally published, because, together with my ‘team’, I can ready a book for publishing much faster than if I was in a queue of authors at a publishing company.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
My favourite authors to read are Dean Koontz, John Connolly and Terry Brooks. The first two don’t write fantasy, but all three authors’ books instil a sense of wonder in me, and I strive to do the same for my readers.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
Make sure there are no language errors. There’s nothing more off-putting than reading a book filled with errors, and it prevents readers from being lost in the story. Self-edit it from start to finish – repeatedly – until you no longer feel the need to change anything. Then proofread it and hire a professional editor to edit it. I usually try to find beta readers after that, and then I either make final tweaks based on their comments, if any are needed.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
Brant Daugherty as Lashlor Leaflin, Michael Malarkey as King Lanaran Dragonsbane, and Jacqueline Fernandez for Queen Narraki Dragonsbane.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
I can’t think of anything, sorry.

Author bio:
Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’. Her passion for the written word started her career as an editor and copywriter, and she part-ran a writers’ critique group for close on seven years. She’s been writing ever since she learnt how, has always been an avid reader, and currently lives on coffee and cigarettes. Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, life’s mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.
Links:
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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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6 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Vanessa Finaughty

  1. Glynis – Thanks for introducing us to Vanessa.

    Vanessa – Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself. I respect and admire anyone who can create whole new worlds in the way fantasy/science fiction authors do. I wish you much success.

  2. Glynis none of the authors media links are working.

  3. Thanks for a fun interview, Glynis – much appreciated!

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