Name Sonnet O’Dell
Where are you from
Worcester in the UK
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
My life was very normal. Parents who loved me, an older brother who annoyed me and various friends and family pets. I went all the way as far as education is concerned and hold a degree in creative writing and writing for stage, screen and radio.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I recently decided to go it alone with one of my manuscripts and self published it as a kindle book. I am immensely proud of A Chance of Rain even though I’m sure it’s not as good as my professionally edited titles from my publisher.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I always have, not as much as I do now, but there was always a little scribble here and there. What really got me into it full on was writing fan fiction. People made such lovely comments about my OC’s (Original Characters) that I thought it might be time to just give it a go and see what happened.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I can’t decide between the moment I got the acceptance letter for my first book or when I held the paperback in my hand. Both were massively emotional moments for me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Lots of things. Mainly I had an idea and the more I thought about it, the bigger and louder it got until I couldn’t drown it out. Something had to be done.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I find it very hard to identify my own style. You can look at yourself and not see what everyone else does.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For A Chance of Rain because the main character is called Cera Raine, I was looking at sayings the involve rain. Weather metaphors are pretty hard to make into book titles let me tell you.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I like to keep as much realism in my books as possible. Sometimes I think titles like mine that have a sci-fi sub genre can be too technical or so advanced that it’s like humans are suddenly a different race entirely. I think in the last hundred years it’s been a real struggle to evolve as much as we have, I don’t imagine in another hundred years’ time it will be much different. People cling to things that make them comfortable.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Lol. Not at all. Sometimes the habit of someone I know might make it into the make-up of a character but not a full on copy of a person.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I love to read and like to think I learn and take something new from each book I read. I specifically adore Women writers who write outside the romance genre.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I am now at that point of picking the next book.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I see a lot of books advertised on Facebook by Indie Authors and have bought a fair few of them, not just because I liked the sound of them but I like to support authors like myself who don’t have a big name behind them.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working mostly on sequels. I have the next book in my Cassandra Farbanks Series to complete. I just had the first in a new trilogy accepted and of course, Cera Raine’s adventures must continue.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have some very good friends who have helped support me massively. If I can name them, they are Russell, Sarah, Cat, Rose, and Ally.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to but airing on the side of realism, I maintain a steady day job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change anything persay but I do wish an proper editor wasn’t so pricey.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I think it was the first class assignment when I was a kid that I actually enjoyed.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I can share an extract from my latest release but I don’t tend to share works in progress due to always rewriting and rewriting again.
A Chance of Rain –
“Can you explain to me why your heart rate and adrenaline spiked last night?” Cera smirked, she’d forgotten that he’d told her, her new permanent fashion accessory monitored her vitals. She arched a brow at him.
“I’ve been in prison for seven years with only women. You really need me to explain that?”
Cera watched his face until the light bulb went on above his head. His face crumpled into lines of disapproval that she found just funny. Grafton rubbed his temples.
“When you leave your apartment, you are supposed to be working. Gathering information.”
“That’s what I was doing.”
“Really?” His disbelief was clearly written on every line of his face. Cera stretched her arms, pushing her chest out and folding her hands to pillow behind her head.
“Yes. There are other ways than the gruesome one to skin a cat. You can for instance politely ask it to remove its fur and join you on a pool table.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Making romance believable.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I like Jim Butchers Dresden Series. I like how real it is. He makes me believe it could really happen.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I don’t travel much. I’ve done a couple of signing locally but I’ve never been invited to a convention or event or anything.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Usually my cover art is done by the wonderful Dawne Dominque. For A Chance of Rain however I designed and created the cover myself.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
When I had finished it, being told it was good but not the right fit. Square peg, round hole.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I had to do some research for one of the scenes and found that the furthest anyone has ever walked with a knife still in them was nine miles. It was a Japanese man and it was in his head.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up what you love doing.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I don’t bite. Promise. I am happy to answer any questions or emails.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think I cheated a little, my first book was a collection of stories on tape. To this day I love audiobooks, there is something soothing about someone else reading to you.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Random thoughts that pop into my head without warning.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d like to meet one of the authors I read. Swap notes. Chat. Become life long friends.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Ooo, too morbid for me. No idea. Sorry.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Mostly reading, but occasionally I draw.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
A good fantasy based show/movie will get me every time. I don’t do reality TV, reality is enough reality for me.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love my mom’s cooking the best. My favourite colour is green and my taste in music is eclectic, though I’m quite into my classical at the moment – cello pieces especially
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I don’t know. I think I was always meant to be a writer.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?