I’d like to introduce you all to a new author today, Philippa Jane Keyworth. Her first book, The Widow’s Redeemer, will be coming out later this year. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.
When did you first start writing?
I don’t really remember when I started writing to be honest. All I know is that I used to write stories on pretty much every scrap of paper and in every notebook I could find. The first full-length story I wrote was started at 12 and finished by 15.
What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?
I have all the stories I’ve ever written (at least I think so) They’re in a big lever-arch file in a trunk with all my keepsakes and there are others in about four different notebooks on my bookshelf. My first book, which was a complete rip-off of the Animal Ark books, is written on notebook pages in various coloured glitter gel pens and tied up with gold string:
There are some which no one but me has read and a few which my dedicated friends, who have struggled past the grammar and mistakes, seem to like.
What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in?
Well, I write in both the Regency Romance genre and Fantasy. The Regency Romance came about because my parents had a lodger who had Pride and Prejudice the BBC version on VHS and they let me watch it. Since then I’ve always liked Jane Austen but found her hard to read until I was older. I then found Georgetter Heyer whose work I love and after thinking I wasn’t clever enough to write a Regency I just suddenly one day decided, ‘Yes, I will write one and just see how it turns out!’
The Fantasy stories I write come more from my imagination. It’s always been vivid ever since I was a child and I guess growing up reading Brian Jacques Redwall and the Oswain and Narnia tales just made it overflow to writing my own myths and legends. The negative side of that imagination is that I do get rather worried about things as my ever-patient husband would tell you! Continue reading