Scribal Love Welcomes
David Russell is an author of romance.
His recent work, Self’s Blossom, is available from Devine Destinies.
So where do you hail? Where are you from?
What inspired you to write this book?
Fascination with someone out of reach
Do you have a specific writing style?
I have an eclectic and adaptable one
What is the name of your recent book?
And how did you come up with the title?
The idea of a flower blossoming
What is Self’s Blossom about?
A woman going on holiday in quest of her sensual destiny.
What books have influenced your life most?
William Golding’s The Spire, the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Did you find the idea of having your work published for others to read intimidating? If yes, why?
There is always the possibility of someone slamming it (that happened a few times with my work); but then, if you believe in what you’re doing, you can take some flak.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
What books are you reading now?
Alan Sillitoe’s ‘A Start in Life’
What are your current projects?
I am doing a translation of the Chilean epic poem ‘La Araucana’
Do you find that international audiences are different from your home or native country's audience?
I think not; a lot of my readership is American
Do you see writing as a career?
In terms of a vocation, yes; in terms of income no.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your recent book?
I would have researched the ‘local colour’ more thoroughly.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Wanting to emulate some of those I read.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes; a great deal. If one writes, one struggles to stretch the resources of the language, to look for hidden meanings, to face difficulty.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes; it proves the value of believing in what you are doing. I actually wrote the book 25 years ago. It was rejected and lay dormant until early this millennium when the new wave of publishers, (Desktop and e book) too an interest in it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Work hard, face your feelings; confide in friends. Be open to criticism, but never accept one individual’s judgement as final.
Thank you David for Stopping by!
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