A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author Charis Bell – for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.
Charis Bell – Diary of a Diva & The Peasant’s Choice (Both are available on Amazon.)
–> A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)
I struggled to read for most of my childhood – I found it difficult so I didn’t like reading. That said, there are books that stand out in my memory. For example, it was a treat when my third-grade teacher would read to us the Junie. B. Jones series. By fifth grade, I would pick books based on their covers with the sole purpose of drawing the cover. One of those books was Anne of Green Gables. I figured I might as well read it. I laboured over it and renewed it multiple times – but I was in awe that a book had the power to make me feel. That was a turning point for me.
I love biographies – especially ones written like a novel. I really enjoy reading other people’s stories.
Question 1: What inspired you to start writing? When did you start writing?
Author’s Response: I always liked creating stories in my mind, but I didn’t start writing them down until jr. high or high school – mostly when I was bored in class! I thought there was something magical about stringing words together into beautiful and meaningful stories.
Usually life events inspire me – almost like a therapeutic way to deal with life. I enjoy reading and sharing with people the power of words; they can encourage and they can heal, they can bring joy. I hope my novels are encouraging and uplifting. For example, the one that is currently being edited, I wrote in response to a novel I had to read in university. It was so hopeless, I remember flinging the book across the room and thinking there has to be more hope than that. So, I decided to write a book dealing with the exact issue. Stay tuned
Question 2: On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing? Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?
Author’s Response: That depends entirely on the season of life I am in. I would say I think about writing everyday but I don’t always get the chance to actually sit down and write. I am constantly jotting down notes on my phone, or a notebook, or even scrap paper. For my first novel, I had two months where I could sit for most of the day and just write – that was delightful! No project since has been like that; I have to write when I can, often between responsibilities, but that is okay too—there’s less forcing of the plot as I have more time to think through the story concepts.
Question 3: Who is your favorite author and why? What are you reading now?
Author’s Response: Ruta Sepetys is brilliant and her writing is enchanting and her stories are SO important. She writes historical fiction, specifically hidden history, bringing to light so many important issues but in a readable and moving way. I cannot praise her enough! I have read three of her books and would love to read the others!
I spend most of my time reading non-fiction. I am currently reading Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop, a book about grief. I am also working my way through the Hobbit.
Question 4: If you could ask one successful author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?
Author’s Response: This is an interesting question—I’d have to think about it more but for now I would say that I am always fascinated by WHY people write. For authors I truly love, I look up the answer, but I’d love to have a conversation with them about it. Similarly, I would like to know which books inspired them.
I am also curious about the intersection between craft and story – in other words, the way the words are strung together are as important to me as the plot, so I would like to hear their approach to their unique styles.
Question 5: Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Author’s Favorite Quote: As for my favorite quote – I have a whole notebook full of them – there are just too many!
Lots of love,