Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
My name is Lydia Russell and I live in a small village in Dorset with my young family. When I'm not writing or working in the local Teashop, I'm usually found walking the woods with my dog. I am an avid lover of books, and am always trying to squeeze more bookshelves into my home.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
I have published one book: Darling, there are wolves in the woods.
Where can they be found?
You can find my book on Amazon
Do you have any current WIPs?
I have two wip. The sequels to Darling.
How are they going?
They are both going very well. The second book my faerie trilogy is currently with my editor and will be out early next year. the third book is still in rough draft at the moment but is coming along nicely.
What got you into writing?
A love of books, and a love of wicked faeries. I love reading fairytales and much prefer the darker side of them, I just had to write my own.
What keeps you focused?
I have set writing hours, and treat my writing as to any other job. I go to my desk and work. I have an old writing bureau I use as my desk, and it can be shut and locked away when I'm done for the day.
What gives you inspiration?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from the local woodlands and traditional faerie lore. It is easy to imagine you can step into Faerieland when surrounded my Dorset forests.
How do you battle writer’s block?
When writer's block strikes I tend to skip a scene, maybe jot down what needs to happen for the story to progress then move on. Usually, when I come back, I can fill in the gaps. Sometimes if i am really stuck I like to write out scenes that would never be a part of the book. it's a great way to get to know the characters better.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
I decided to self publish
What made you make that choice?
I decided on self-publishing after a lot of soul searching, and decided it was the best path for me to take. I love being in control of my work, being able to choose the cover and the layout. I have a wonderful editor and a fantastic beta group. It has been a learning experience, and I am still learning, but I have absolutely no regrets.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
Excuse the cliché, but it's an absolute dream come true, When I started writing Darling, there are wolves in the woods, all I wanted was to hold my book in my hands, that was the dream. Now i have that, and a second book coming soon. I have people I've never met tell me they loved my book and that, to me, is everything,
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