Siegfried Sassoon

Fear and Inspiration

Written by Wendy Lawrance on . Posted in Blog

Writing a novel is one thing: launching it onto an unsuspecting world is something else altogether; and these are moments filled with a mild sense of panic, not to mention nervousness and nail-biting anxiety.

The questions one asks oneself (probably in common with almost every debut novelist) are: what will everyone think of my novel – will they hate it or love it… or something in between; will people even buy it?

Hands

Music and Words

Written by Wendy Lawrance on . Posted in Blog

In many novels, there is a “soundtrack”: a musical accompaniment which the author includes as a guide to characters, or as a background to the plot, or simply to give the story a place and time. In the case of Light and Darkness, an actual soundtrack would not really have been appropriate, so when I started planning and writing the novel, music played very little part in my thought process – and certainly not as much as poetry.

Red Rose

Obsessive and Compulsive

Written by Wendy Lawrance on . Posted in Blog

Now that I’ve finished writing Light and Darkness, I feel a sense of sadness… even disappointment. This has come as quite a surprise as I had always expected to feel rather relieved that the late nights and somewhat obsessive behaviour might finally come to an end. However, the novel has taken many years of thought and research (and many months of actual writing) to complete and now that it’s over, I can’t help thinking that I’ll miss it – or to be more precise, I’ll miss the characters and their world.