Last week I shared my review of the beautiful and heartbreaking love story Ghosts of Our Pasts and today I am thrilled the Sophia Duane had the time to answer a few questions for us. I had so much fun learning more about her and I hope you do too!
Sophia I’m so excited that you are participating in Contemporary Fiction Month. In my opinion a whole month dedicated to the genre is just fantastic!
- Could you start off by telling us a few things about yourself that we might not think to ask?
That’s a difficult question because I dislike telling people about myself, but I’ll do my best. You might not ask if I believe in the supernatural, so here’s the answer. I believe in ghosts and the afterlife. In fact, I lived in an apartment with a ghost. It might make me sound crazy, but there was a guy in a hat who would chill out in a vacant chair. I’m pretty sure he died at the top of the stairs and liked to pet my cats, and play hide and seek with my step-kids.
- Since we are celebrating contemporary fiction this month, who is your favourite contemporary author?
I have many actually. A couple are Melina Marchetta,Suzanne Collins,and Philippa Gregory.
- Do you prefer to read series or standalone novels?
I enjoy both, but I think if an author can tell me everything I want to know about his/her characters in one book, it shows real skill.
- Can you tell us a little about your writing process? Do you plan or are you more of a stream of conscious writer?
I’m a little of both. I do plan, but it’s a more fluid planning. Lots of jots on paper, skeletal chapter outlines, that sort of thing. But then I’m also a fan of letting the characters take me where they need me to go, which sometimes isn’t anything close to what I put down on paper.
- I don’t want to give anything away in the story for readers who haven’t yet been lucky enough to read Ghosts of Our Pasts but can you talk a little about what inspired you to create Will and Emma?
I had a real need to process the events in my past in a meaningful way. I think there’s a scar that everyone shares, and Will and Emily were born out of a necessity to help myself deal with the things that happened.
- Will and Emma’s romance was definitely more of a slow smoulder, when it seems that insta-love is so popular what made you decide to let your characters take their time?
I believe in realistic portrayals of love. I think “insta-love” is possible, but mainly it’s hormones. Also, these are deeply wounded people, so they wouldn’t just open up because of something as vague as “love at first sight.”
- After spending so much time getting to know Will and Emma I don’t want their story to end. Do you think you will be revisiting them in a sequel? Or a series?
There will be no sequel or series. As much as I love all the characters I create, I don’t think revisiting them would serve any purpose.
- Can you tell us a little about what you are working on next?
Right now I’m in the editing stage of a historical novel set in WWII and directly after. It’s a whole different genre and will most likely be published under a different name.