Hi guys! To celebrate the paperback publication of her first novel Falling, author Emma Kavanagh has stopped by the blog to talk about what a typical day looks like for a debut author. (It’s definitely less glamorous than we might think!) If you’d like to follow the blog tour and read Emma’s other posts, make sure to visit these blogs.
My days generally begin in utter chaos – getting my 3 year old son ready and out of the door, unloading the dishwasher, tidying up and making enough coffee to keep your average elephant awake for a month. There’s this myth that all writers work in their pyjamas, and whilst I think that’s great in theory, I tend to get dressed just like I would if I was going out to work. I find that it helps me get into the right mindset and helps differentiate work days from rest days. Once all that is done and the house is finally quiet, I settle down on the sofa and open my laptop.
Typically, I begin each day by scanning my notes and reminding myself where I left off. Then I’ll re-read some of what I did the day before, then begin to write. I try not to edit myself too much during the initial writing process, but just let the words pour out. There will be many re-writes to come so I try not to get too bogged down in the minutiae at this stage. If it’s a day where my son is out of the house for a full day, I’ll usually write from 8.30am till around 2pm, depending on how well I’m getting on. The afternoons I tend to reserve for administrative stuff – blog posts, articles, answering e-mails.
It’s not an exact science and the format of my days depends on where I am in the publishing process. Closer to release date there are far more publicity demands and sometimes I even leave the house. And, of course, when something is working this well the obvious thing to do is to throw a brand new baby into the mix. Because that always makes things easier. Oh, wait…
About the book
A plane falls out of the sky. A woman is murdered. Four people all have something to hide.
Jim is a retired police officer, and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is wrong. Tom has woken up to the news that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son. Cecilia had packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy, and sees no way out. Freya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.
Falling by Emma Kavanagh is out now in paperback (£6.99, Arrow).