To be honest I never read anything by Veronica Henry before my Instagram feed got hijacked by her latest book ‘How to Find Love in a Bookshop’. Because the title sounds like the most adorable read ever I instantly ordered it.
While reading it occurs to me Veronica is really good in visual writing; I can see, feel and almost smell anything she writes!
You know a book is a success when you are sad it ended, and I was (and to be honest, still am!).
Luckily Veronica apparently is a successful writer (shame on me!) with several books on her name, which all sound lovely
Because of my fascination with writers like Veronica I just send her a message if she would like to answer some questions of mine, and she did!
Have fun reading another ‘5 questions, 1 author’!
KR: I absolutely LOVED ‘How to find love in a bookshop’ how did you came up with the idea?
VH: I always like to write about places I would like to be and that make me feel happy, like the seaside. I was in a bookshop one day and I thought ‘I love it in here. This is my happy place. I should set a book here.’ I used to work in a bookshop when I was younger, so I had the background. The Story just appeared to me after that.
KR: How long did it take you to write ‘How to find love in a bookshop’?
VH: About a year – I spent a lot of time browsing in bookshops to get the atmosphere and the characters right
KR: How is it possible your writing is so visual? When I read your novel I am completely in another world!
VH: I used to write for television in England, for drama series, so I am used to painting pictures with words. I want people to be able to see my imaginary places and characters so I work hard to bring them to life, picking the best words and descriptions until the reader can feel and smell and touch everything.
KR:Which character in this book are you most proud of and why?
VH: I love Julius, although he is more of a presence than a character in the book. He seems a perfect man – strong and kind and clever and a great friend – and handsome too. And a great father. Everything!!! And his love of books is there through all the stories.
KR: I’ve read you still use pen and paper to write your novels, don’t you get lost more easily then when you would use a computer? Or is it really about the ritual?
VR: I use a pen and paper to start with, when I am thinking up the stories and the characters, because I love doodling and thinking with my pen. I also cut up magazines to give me inspiration, and make a board on Pinterest with any images that are iportant to the theme of the book. But when I write, I use a laptop, so I can make changes as I go along. Then I print out the manuscript and scribble all over it, before re-writing again.
Thank you again Veronica. It was so kind of you to answer my questions!
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