Author Showcase Feature with Book Excellence Award Winner Lexa Dudley
Book Title: Children of the Mists
How did you know you wanted to be an author? I have always loved writing. Diaries, letters, articles, but when I came back from Sardinia in 1972 I knew I wanted to write about the island and its people. I wrote The Whispering Wind and then my latest Children of the Mists which is set on the island in 1855
What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you had to do it again, what would you have done differently? Never give up. After bringing up four sons and helping my husband with his business, I felt it was my time. So I started to write. I had enough rejection slips to wallpaper a room. One publisher accepted it but wanted to change the ending, which for me, was just not on. So, at the age of 74 I published it myself and I have been fortunate to be a Book Excellence winner. A prize, something I never managed to achieve at school. So, as I said, never give up.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? No, but I always carry a note book with me. That wonderful one liner never stays in your head; or the word you have been searching for; or that exact scene. So I jot it down. When I go down to Sardinia I always like to write on the beach, inspiration seems to come in the warmth of the sun and the blue sea lapping a very white sand. Lovely.
What message do you want readers to remember? My books are what I term as classic romance. They are love stories, not chic lit, or violent, passionate jumps into bed or wherever, but with strong feelings. My characters may have to go through a bit before coming together, but it is a love that endures. Having been married for 51 years it is something I do know a little about!
Please feel free to visit me as I always love to hear from my readers, whether it is good or bad review; otherwise how do you know how to improve. I have also found some great friends through my books, which is magic.