Today, I am interviewing debut author, Winnie Frolik. With a love for animals, nature, and baking, Winnie has always been drawn to write on the side no matter her occupation. Read her interview below to learn more about her current works in progress and what makes a good writer.
What inspired you to begin writing?
I’ve been writing for most of my life. My interest in telling stories dates back to elementary school, and I majored in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the years, I’ve pursued many types of employment; non-profit work, baking, pet care but I’ve always continued to write on the side.
Were there any authors or novels that influenced Sarah Crow?
I consciously wrote Sarah Crow in the style of books by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, and other noteworthy works by 19th century British authors. Though none of them so far as I know tackled self-mutilation.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently tackling a murder mystery set in England in 1936 with the backdrop of the coming war. My main heroine is a District Nurse who is also a closeted lesbian and the main detective is a former German-Jewish policeman now trying to eke out a living in England as a P.I. I’ve also just started an urban fantasy about a librarian with lupus who comes into possession of a Book of Magic and begins to study witchcraft. But of course people want the book too.
What do you believe makes a good writer?
There are many, many things that go into being a good writer. Description, love of books, but one underrated quality is persistence. It takes a lot of trial and effort to get any good. Sure Charles Dickens wrote the Pickwick Papers as a young man and went straight into super stardom but Dickens was a genius and geniuses are not like the rest of us. It takes a great deal of practice. You also have to learn to accept constructive criticism or you’ll never learn to be any better. And of course it doesn’t hurt to have a cat.
What was the publication process like for you?
Again many, MANY years of learning to take rejection, until I happened to show my manuscript to an editor it clicked with. Since then though, I couldn’t be happier since that particular editor has been a treasure and I really love the treatment I’ve received so far from One Idea Press.
Do you have passions outside of writing?
I enjoy hiking, I love animals, and I tend to lean liberal in my politics. Because of Covid-19, I realize now more than ever how much I cherish my local library which I truly miss. I’m into a fair amount of Geek Culture from superhero movies, to Syfy network, British murder tv series, and baking shows. I’m also known to binge watch old seasons of Face Off.
What is your favorite historical event?
Woman gaining the vote and the election of Barack Obama both rank pretty highly. As do the creation of national parks and on a local level the building of Carnegie Main Library.
Do you prefer cats or dogs?
Don’t get me wrong-I really like dogs. But I’m spiritually bonded to cats.
If you could seek advice from any author (living or dead,) who would it be and what would you ask them?
I’d love advice from someone like Catherynne Valente, Naomi Novik, Octavia Butler, or Jessica Townsend on how I could become more creative and build such fantastic worlds as they do. Or perhaps learn from Stephen King how to scare the wits out of people. Or best of all Agatha Christies advice on how to plot a whodunit.
If time and money weren’t a factor, what would you be doing?
If time, money, and the coronavirus weren’t factors I’d love to travel more and have all kinds of adventures.
For more information on Winnie’s work, check out the links below and don’t forget to support her by purchasing her works.
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sarah-crow-winnefred-frolik/1134816146?ean=9781944134181
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