About the Author
J.G. Dow was born in Huddersfield and went to University in Manchester to study Social Science. The author enjoys music and walking and also likes reading a wide variety of books and watching football and snooker on TV and also writes poetry on occasion.
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer/storyteller?
I realised when I tried poetry and liked it and then had a go at writing a novel and it went pretty well and I fancied doing another one. That’s how it came about really.
What motivates you to write and where does the inspiration come from?
I suppose I write because it’s fun and also it’s good to keep you busy. Sometimes it’s harder to get on with it than other times though.
What is your writing process?
I try to write in the afternoon before I get too tired. In the evening, one can find it hard to concentrate sometimes.
Are you traditional or self published?
I am self published at the moment but wouldn’t mind getting picked up by a big publisher one day!
What field or genre would you say your book is in?
I’d say my book is in the genre of chick lit and I wrote it as I fancied seeing if I could write a good one.
What do you do if inspiration strikes in an inconvenient place?
It’s best to have a pad of paper or note function on your phone in these situations, otherwise it can be annoying as you’ll forget the idea.
Do you think there is value in a review?
There is value in it as good reviews can help sales and can convince people to give you a go if they don’t know your work.
What is your biggest fear about having a book published?
The fear is that it doesn’t sell well or that people really don’t like it I suppose, so you have to hope most do like it!
What is the intended audience for your book?
The intended audience I suppose is women of all ages. But I think that young women may connect to it more than older ones perhaps.
What makes a good story and why?
What makes a good story is plenty of incidents and good characters and a good strong plot.
Do you read your reviews? Any advice on how to deal with the bad ones?
Yes I read them. Try and forget the bad ones and enjoy the good ones and realise everyone has a different view.
Were the characters/events based on real life or made up?
It was all made up but the place setting is real and all the areas in the book are real as well and can be visited.
What are the most important elements of good writing?
Writing good dialogue and creating decent, real characters and plot.
Do you see writing as a career or something else?
I see it as a career if I can get enough readers - have to see!
What are the advantages/disadvantages of self-traditional publishing?
Self is tricky as you have to market on your own and get reviews on your own and things like that. So, it can be hard.
What makes the book stand out from the crowd?
Hopefully the humour and good characters.
What is your least favourite part of the writing process?
Editing can be annoying as it’s all about attention to detail and checking.
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers?
About the Book
Jane's life on the face of it isn't really too bad...she has great friends like party girl Natasha who's always up for a laugh and her close pal Polly, always there for her and of course her loving parents, but things could still be better...
Most people she knows are either married or have kids and she has been single a while now and wonders if a good man is ever to be encountered again. The single life is far from a quiet one for Jane however, as she is constantly getting dragged to night clubs and bars by Natasha and the crew as well as enduring a particularly boozy weekend away at the seaside!
Jane loves a lot about her life, disregarding rude plumbers in her flat and dealing with annoying superiors and a smug sister, but as a certain someone takes her eye, is everything about to change and get a whole lot more serious or is the single life determined to keep her captive a while longer yet...
Thank you, for this amazing interview! I wish you success for all your future works. Keep writing!