I’m delighted to welcome Jane Lambert to Behind the Pen today as part of her official blog tour for The Start of Something Wonderful. Over to you Jane!
When did you start writing and what was the catalyst?
I started writing my novel while on tour in a play but never completed it. Some ten years later, I picked it up again to distract me from a painful divorce. It was the best therapist I could have had; writing gave me back my sense of humour and my self-esteem.
Do you have any particular qualifications that relate to the subject matter covered in this novel?
As my novel is loosely based on my own transition from globe-trotting air stewardess to struggling actor, I am able to write from personal experience. The locations in the book are places I have lived and worked.
How far has your writing career evolved from when you first began to write to what it is today? Is this in line with your initial expectations?
I self-published to start with as I was unsuccessful in finding an agent/publisher. Acting has given me a lot of determination, which eventually led to a book deal with HQ Harper Collins. I had always hoped to find a publisher, and through their involvement I have learned to dig deeper into my imagination and to be bolder in my writing.
Are you balancing a different career with your writing? How do you go about making time for your writing within limited hours?
As I’m self-employed, my work schedule varies. I try to squeeze in some writing every day when I’m working, though I’m still learning to prioritise.
How would you best describe this novel to a new reader?
A romantic comedy of self-discovery.
Where do you normally write? Is it in the same place every day or are you an all over the place writer?
I write wherever and whenever I can; be it travelling, in theatre dressing rooms, on set, or in B&B’s. I always carry a notebook. But my favourite place to write is at home, looking out onto the garden.
What attributes do you think you need to remain sane as a writer? Are there any particular things you routinely do for yourself to maintain your own headspace?
I think you need to maintain a healthy writing/life balance. I cycle in the park opposite my home most days and stop to admire the deer. This declutters my mind and inspires me at the same time.
If you could write a letter to your teenage self, what would be your main piece of advice?
Believe in yourself and don’t let fear or negativity stand in your way.
Do you have an all-time favourite book? Why is this book so significant to you?
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It was my mum’s favourite book and it reminds me of her. She gave me a copy when I was a teenager. I was brought up by the sea, so the location felt familiar. Being shy and awkward, I could identify with the new Mrs de Winter. This book taught me that being shy is not a sign of weakness, to remain true to yourself, and that things are not always what they seem.
Are you more of a print, e-book, or audio book fan?
I love the smell and the feel of a new book and I like to look at them on my bookshelf. I prefer the characters to speak to me rather than listen to someone else’s characterisation in an audio book. However, I love recording audio books, so am grateful not everyone shares my opinion!
The Start of Something Wonderful
It’s never too late to follow your dreams…
Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend.
Until she realises he’s cheating on her…
Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?
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