Getting to Know the Author: Georgia Hill

2014-10-14 12.22.20HeartWelcome, Georgia.
Many thanks for having me – you’ve asked some really interesting questions!

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
I write in two genres: rom-coms and historical romance – but often find they overlap and I end up putting humour in my historicals and historical bits in the rom-coms! I write in these genres because they’re the ones I like to read.

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Yes! Sometimes the time available dictates what I write. If really pushed for time, I’ll rattle off a short story. Writing is a compulsion, an obsession and I find I always need to write something, even if it’s flash fiction when life’s especially hectic. I’m trying to be more self-disciplined though and stick to one thing at a time.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?
No, although I have a few trusted individuals whose opinion I seek. I belong to a couple of writing groups and they offer feedback on plot problems, or suggestions for marketing and how to avoid procrastination. And an excuse to meet for a coffee and a gossip!

Can you remember your first reading book?
It won’t be the first book I read but it was the first to give me nightmares: Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
I try not to, I’m trying to lose weight! I’ve always got a few cold cups of tea or coffee hanging around and a pint of water. When I need to stretch my legs and rest my eyes, I go downstairs to make a fresh drink, let the dogs out and end up with a handful of digestive biscuits. It’s hopeless for the diet.

deskTidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
Do you know, I used to have a really tidy desk! I’m not sure what happened. I have my laptop right in front of me, a printer to the right which has a pile of paper on top, another laptop, a colouring book someone gave me and often a letter that I’m dealing with. There is currently three notebooks immediately to my right, my watch (can’t type with it on) and a computer storage pen. A few weeks ago, my old laptop died. Luckily I managed to retrieve the 34,000 words of the new WIP and now back up onto the pen at the end of every session. I’ve learned my lesson. To my left I have a pile of scrap paper, with scribbled notes and ideas and the notebook with details of the WIP in. There’s half a cup of cold coffee, a desk lamp, two penholders with sundry cards and papers propped up between. I really need to tidy up, don’t I? I have bookshelves to my left, with dictionaries, name books, books for research, a radio/CD player to my right and image boards and plotting sheets on the wall. Oh – and there’s also an untidy pile of research books on the windowsill. I’m going with an untidy desk means a creative mind!

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I’m published with Harper Impulse, which is the digi-first imprint of Harper Collins, I have books out with the small publisher E-Scape and have self-published an anthology of short stories. I’ve always written but have been writing seriously for the last ten years. In 2009 I was taken on by E-Scape and then got picked up by Harper Impulse. I still can’t believe my luck. It all began with a raging crush on Richard Armitage in North and South – and some fan fiction.

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
That’s a great question! Without doubt the main influences have been Jilly Cooper and Barbara Erskine. I love Jilly’s humour and her breezy style. Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine is the book I always wanted to write. The historical detail is absorbing and she writes wonderful characters. Mary Stewart is another influence. I love her early romantic thrillers and she writes especially good, understated but sexy men.

Ah, Barbara Erskine! I met her last year, lovely lady. 

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
Write what you love to read, what you believe in. Don’t follow fashion and write from the heart. Get a first draft down as quickly as possible and then work, work, work on it until perfect. Then put it away. Take it out weeks or preferably months later and work on it some more.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
I’d love a film to be made of While I Was Waiting but think it would make a better Sunday night period TV drama. Cast? What a delicious task to have to scroll through lots of images of actors. I’d have the very current Daisy Ridley as Rachel, although she’d have to wear heels as Rachel is tall. Liam Hemsworth (with brown contacts) for Gabe. Anna Maxwell-Martin for Hetty as she can do subtle, heartrending acting and the utterly gorgeous Rob James-Collier, from Downton, as the troubled Richard.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
Now that’s got me thinking … I had to go to PC World for ink cartridges once and parked next to a car with a very alive, very lively cockerel sitting on the passenger seat. I live in the country though, so maybe it isn’t that unusual to take your pet cockerel out for a drive! Hope he wore his seatbelt on the return journey.

Links:

Amazon author page (UK) http://goo.gl/p3kvdc

Amazon author page (US) http://goo.g/MnjgHx

Twitter @georgiawrites

Website www.georgiahill.co.uk

Facebook author page http://goo.glUPFx14

Georgia Hill Bio

I used to live in London, where I worked in the theatre. Then I got the bizarre job of teaching road safety to the U.S. navy – in Marble Arch!
A few years ago, I did an ‘Escape to the Country’. I now live in a tiny Herefordshire village, where I scandalise the neighbours by not keeping ‘country hours’ and being unable to make a decent pot of plum jam. Home is a converted oast house, which I share with my two beloved spaniels, husband (also beloved) and a ghost called Zoe.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel widely, though prefer to set my novels closer to home. Perhaps more research is needed? I’ve always wanted to base a book in the Caribbean!
I am addicted to Belgian chocolate, Jane Austen and, most of all, Strictly Come Dancing. Keep dancing, everyone!

While I Was Waiting Tour BannerWIWW final cover

WHILE I WAS WAITING
BY GEORGIA HILL

Genre: Historical/time-slip romance
Release Date: 2/7/15 (e-pub) 10/9/15 (print)
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Tired of her life in London, freelance illustrator Rachel buys the beautiful but dilapidated Clematis Cottage and sets about creating the home of her dreams. But tucked away behind the water tank in the attic and left to gather dust for decades, is an old biscuit tin containing letters, postcards and a diary. So much more than old scraps of paper, these are precious memories that tell the story of Henrietta Trenchard-Lewis, a love lost in the Great War and the girl who was left behind.

BUY LINKS

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

2014-10-14 12.22.20ABOUT GEORGIA HILL

I used to live in London, where I worked in the theatre. Then I got the bizarre job of teaching road safety to the U.S. navy – in Marble Arch!
A few years ago, I did an ‘Escape to the Country’. I now live in a tiny Herefordshire village, where I scandalise the neighbours by not keeping ‘country hours’ and being unable to make a decent pot of plum jam. Home is a converted Oast house (Old agricultural building used for drying hops), which I share with my two beloved spaniels, husband (also beloved) and a ghost called Zoe.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel widely, though prefer to set my novels closer to home. Perhaps more research is needed? I’ve always wanted to base a book in the Caribbean!
I am addicted to Belgian chocolate, Jane Austen and, most of all, Strictly Come Dancing.

AUTHOR LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/georgiahillauthor/
https://twitter.com/georgiawrites
http://www.georgiahill.co.uk/
https://www.pinterest.com/georgiawrites/

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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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3 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Georgia Hill

  1. As always, a very interesting addition to this feature – thanks, both. And I love that advice for other writers: write what you love and believe in. I think writers do have to follow their passions. Wishing you success.

  2. An outstanding interview, Glynis and Georgia! The pet cockatiel would be quite a sight.

  3. Thanks so much for having me on, Glynis and asking such great questions!

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