Sally Odgers – Interview with CKT

Sally Odgers

Q. What are five words that best describe you?

Disorganised, eccentric, over-committed, creative, unbored. (And if that last one isn’t a word, it ought to be.)

Q. What prompted you to sit down and write your first story?

The first story I remember writing was about a tulip, striped red and yellow. I think I was probably inspired by my grandmother’s wild and wonderful garden. (I was about six or seven at the time.) Later, I used that garden in my book Winter-Spring Garden. I also used a lot of what my grandmother taught me in a book called Mix and Match.

Q. What tips would you give to an aspiring writer?

If you don’t love writing and love  to do it (which is quite different from loving the idea of it) then don’t do it. Find something you do love unconditionally and do that instead. If you do love it, then learn grammar and spelling to the extent that you don’t have to wonder if something is right; you know  it.

Q. Are you a plotter or a panster?

(Plotter =Plotting out your manuscript before you write it. / Panster = Putting pen to paper and plotting as you go along)

I’m a plotter most of the time. It’s one of my favourite things.

Q. What is a typical writing day for you?

I spend most of most days working as a manuscript assessor and editor. I do that all day except for dog-exercise, weekly-stocking-shopping and Father-Visiting breaks. Then I watch an hour or so of something with my husband and work most of the evening. Now and then I do some writing, which follows the same time frame. I go to check my father between midnight and 3 a.m., give the dogs their midnight treats and go to bed. Then I wake up and (as they say) rinse and repeat. I have plenty else to do, but most of it has to wait for my mythical spare time. These other things include gardening.

Q. Tell us a little about your publishing experience?

It doesn’t get any easier, is about all I can say. That’s because, no matter how hard one works, the publishing business keeps on changing over and over and over. Editors leave, companies merge and fold, markets alter, new writers come along… On the other hand, there are new opportunities in niche marketing and it’s all interesting.

Q. If you could be any character from any book for a day who would you be and why?

That’s an interesting one. I think I’d be Stamp, from the series Pup Patrol. As a border collie, he is happy and enthusiastic and always comes out on top.

Q. What’s next from Sally Odgers?

I have several works in progress and wish I had time to finish them. I’m compiling and editing a few titles for Prints Charming Books, and as usual I have a heap of assessments and edits to do. I’m working part time for a new writers’ site which is exciting.

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