Hello Smugglers! I received a copy of The Green Girl and the Serum from the author, Sean Armstrong. It is the first book in its series following Stacey Roberts, a woman with green skin. Why is she green? Why is she on the run? Who is she running from? I guess we’re both going to find out! In the meantime, learn what Sean has to say about being an author.
What inspired you to write a book?
I was inspired by a number of things at the time when I wrote my first two books in my green girl series I was one out of work and two broke up with a then ex-girlfriend. As a way of challenging and distracting myself I began working on the first two books.
Was there a book or author that you admired that played a role when developing your book?
There were a few authors who inspired me one of these was JRR Tolkien.
It is often said that in order to write something, you must believe in what you are writing. Do you agree with that?
I agree with this statement.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
When I get up first thing at six in the morning the first thing that I do is turn on my computer and write.
Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
My writing style is very fast paced I do this due to the fact that I am aiming my books at Young Adults.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing? What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
For me, the hardest aspect of writing is the editing side I would say that if anything, it’s one thing that I hate doing. The easiest side and most enjoyable aspect of writing for me is putting together the creative side character creation, plotting and mapping out the story and also the setting which to me is a character in itself.
Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last? Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
Writer’s block, for me, is something which all writers experience to me what I normally do when I experience this is just take maybe an hour or two off from my computer and give myself time just to keep my mind free of thought. After I have had long enough, I am back at my desk writing.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Yes, push yourself, challenge yourself, and also never doubt yourself or your abilities as you might surprise yourself.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
Currently, I am working on the fifth and sixth manuscripts in my Green Girl series these books will complete my series, and once completed, I am looking maybe to work on a new project.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I am a disabled author who suffers from mild cerebral palsy as well as mild learning difficulties.
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