I was delighted to interview Niamh Murphy, who is a historian, archaeologist, and author of lesbian novels. She writes intoxicating romantic tales, threaded together with gripping adventure and epic fantasy.
1) What, or who, inspires you as a writer?
I find a lot of things inspiring, from the people I meet to shows I watch on TV. I like to keep notes of ideas I get for stories or characters either in a notebook or on an app on my phone. Inspiration is everywhere, the tricky part is learning how to turn that into a story.
2) What was the first book that made you cry?
Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
I’m sure there were other stories that made me upset before this, but Tess was the first time that I really had my heart broken by a book. It was wonderful and dreadful at the same time – I loved Tess and my heart broke for her. It was the first time I realised the power of literature and stories and I would not be exaggerating if I were to say that reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles had a profound impact on me and the way I viewed the world.
3) What is your writing process and how does it influence your writing style?
The process for producing my last two novels has been vastly different, I am still learning and a lot of my process has been no more than fumbling around in the dark and hoping that I was going in the right direction. For my next novel, I want to build on everything I have learned about the writing process, so I think my next project will be even more planned out than my last two books. I always use a plot outline to work from and I would like to work on developing that process so that the outline is as fleshed out and detailed as possible right at the start of the process. At least, that’s the dream!
4) What is the most exciting aspect of writing for you?
Entering new worlds, and going inside the heads of my characters. I like the very beginning of the process where I am meeting my characters for the first time and finding out who they are and what they are capable of. I like the discovery!
5) What do you find most challenging about writing?
It is difficult to overcome stumbling blocks and keep going even when the task seems insurmountable.
A 90,000-word book can look like a giant mountain to climb and the only way it is possible to hit the peak is to keep working day after day after day. Even one word added to the page is one word closer to the top.
6) Tell us about your latest release?
Next month I’m going to be re-releasing a seasonal romance set at a New Year’s Eve party called Delicious. I’m really excited because it is a brand-new edit, with new material and it will be appearing in print for the first time outside of an anthology.
7) What is your favourite part of the book?
This is short story, so it is very contained. But I think my favourite aspect has to be the flirtatious character of Nadia, the love interest. She really takes control and puts the main character, Charlotte, completely on the back foot. It was a lot of fun to write!
8) Are you working on anything at the moment?
I have been working on my fantasy novel, Dark Age during NaNoWriMo it has been a tough process mainly because I when I started writing I knew there were big questions that still needed answers and I couldn’t find those answers until I worked my way through some of the writing.
Now that I have explored the world and the story further I know where I’m headed with it and I am really excited, not least because I think this is going to be my first trilogy.
9) Where can we find your books online?
The best place to go is to head straight over to my website, www.AuthorNiamh.com