The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I live in the UK and have been writing on and off since I was fifteen (many, many moons ago). I am fascinated by the romance and elegance of Regency and Georgian England and it is this I try to capture in my work.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I have always loved reading Regency and Historical Romance.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I write when I am alone in the house and all is quiet. I start the computer as soon as I get up and remain there for as long as the words flow. Inspiration comes to me at all odd times, usually as I am just dropping off to sleep, and I have been known to start writing at midnight.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I find something else to do until the urge to write returns. Usually it takes nothing more than a few hours away from the computer before my brain starts to work again.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Here is the blurb for `His Shadowed Heart'
Can a shadowed heart be healed? Can love grow where least expected? The Earl of Waverly believes not. How wrong can he be!
After the death of his wife, the Earl of Waverly, believing his heart irreparably damaged, enters into a marriage of convenience. However, he is not prepared for the healing influence his new young bride has on his life. Despite the couple's new-found happiness, nefarious deeds abound and strange happenings are attributed to the ghost of his former wife. Will their love stand the test or will the perpetrator emerge the victor?
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I am currently working on another Regency that has the working title of `Sarah'. Undoubtedly this will change as and when a more fitting title presents itself.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
Writing is a compulsion that I just can't ignore, so hopefully, I will still be a published author.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Other than my own heroes, it is Edward Fairfax Rochester. When I first read `Jane Eyre' at seventeen, I fell in love with the enigmatic, brooding hero. When I discovered Georgette Heyer's `These Old Shades', he was joined by Justin Alastair, Duke of Avon. Over the years, these two have remained firmly in place as other heroes have come and gone.
What do you do for inspiration?
Inspiration comes in many forms. A dream, a line from a song or a piece of music, all have aided the creative process. Added to this is the process of `what if.' which helps to generate situations. What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I have always wanted to recreate my own historical world and I enjoy the time I spend with my characters. The thought of writing any another genre doesn't appeal to me as history is where my interest lies. What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I have always read historical novels and I believe it is from these that I have gained my `feel' for the period. However, I have many reference books and regularly research on the web. The Internet is a wonderful research tool and often provides elements that enhance my story line and give it more depth. I believe in making the story fit the fact, not the fact fit the story, therefore, if I state fact, it is as accurate as I can make it. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Definitely hinder! I hate to work under pressure and my muse refuses to cooperate.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Originally, I wrote only for my own amusement but the lecturer who headed the writing group to which I belonged, badgered me into submitting. What would you like to tell your readers?
I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. I love to hear from my readers and promise to answer all my mail. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I write a brief outline as to where I want the story to go, but generally, I go with the flow. For me, it is like watching a play unfold or listening in on my characters conversation. Often, I find words coming out of their mouths that send my story off at a tangent, which usually adds more depth. For example, in `My Dearest Friend', I didn't know Stefan had an illegitimate daughter until the sergeant strode onto the scene and announced it. I know this sounds strange, but I allow my characters to tell their own story. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Until recently, I belonged to a creative writing group, which helped to fine tune my writing. It was the lecturer who headed the group that finally persuaded me to submit my work to publishers.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
`Dominic' was first published by All Romance Books in 2005, but sadly, due to the owners demise, they closed in January, 2006. Wings ePress republished `Dominic' in August, 2007.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
I have a website www.hazel-statham.co.uk where readers will find excerpts and reviews of my work. They can contact me via the link on the site.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Thank you for this opportunity!