1) Hi Felicity and welcome. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started as an author.
Many thanks for inviting me onto your blog.
My name is Felicity Snowden and I live in Morley, near Leeds – married with grown up children, a very patient husband and an elderly but energetic Labrador. A Yorkshire lass through and through.
I always enjoyed books as a young child but my main interest was in drama and music and luckily my mother had a way of getting me into every musical and stage production she possibly could. That was fine by me – I loved it.
Then at High School I discovered the `library’ an intriguing haven of literature where I could virtually spend hours. From then on I started scribbling down short stories which although completed – never got published.
On retirement in 2010 I started spending summers in Bulgaria where I found the time and inspiration to write. My first novel, a time slip mystery set in Adwalton, West Yorkshire ‘When Dead Men won’t Lie’ was published in November 2014.
2) Which writers have influenced you?
Writers who jumped out at me from the library shelves were Wilkie Collins, Daphne Du Maurier, Denis Wheatley and Agatha Christie- who enticed me into their world of atmospherics and mystery. Historical literature has always drawn me. Intrigued by how people lived, their motivation and how their struggles and achievements have shaped our lives today.
I also have a great admiration for Rosamunde Pilcher with whom I share a love of family life and also her birthday – 22nd September. Her books always remain in my memory long after I have turned that last page.
3)Your books are written (living) in Northern England – how have the people and its landscape shaped your stories?
I have been fortunate in my life to travel quite extensively in Europe and lived for some fifteen years on the south coast but for me there is nowhere to compare with Yorkshire. The Dales and the stunning coastline, the bustling cities and traditional market towns bringing people from all walks of life to our lovely county.
Many of the literary giants, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and the inimitable Bram Stoker were drawn to Yorkshire, especially the wonderful Whitby on our east coast, the setting for my second murder mystery ‘Grave Misconception’
4)Writing is a solitary business – how do you interact with other authors?
Many people believe that Authors can take a much deserved rest after publishing but of course that is when the marketing madness sets in and the real work begins. Having at first been dubious about the prospect of promoting my new novel I have found that I actually enjoy that aspect of my work.
I have also been fortunate to attend the UK Indie Lit Fest in Bradford and this year had the opportunity to work with Morley Arts Festival in launching the first ever Indie Book Fair for our town.
These events in our region are not only invaluable for establishing contacts in the Indie world but help to establish a wider audience.
5)What do you have coming up in the future?
I am currently working on the second in the series of Yorkshire Murder Mysteries, due for release April 2018. ‘Swindler’s List’ set in present day Leeds where the lovely Annette McBride and Lou Bannister meet up again in the big city ready to move on with their lives. However the course of true love never runs smooth and as always it seems that the past is always coming back to stand in their way.
Thank you for your interest and please visit my Author Page ‘A Time Traveller’s Tales’ for the latest in the literary world and updates on my work. facebook.com/felicitysnowdentitles
Thank you for agreeing to be ‘interviewed’ by my for my blog Fliss, and thank you too for all your hard work in organising the Morley Indie Book Fair and welcoming me as an indie author to it.