The Who, What, When, Where and Why with Veronica Henry

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By Jade Craddock

This month sees the release of Veronica Henry’s thirteenth – yes thirteenth! – novel and if her other books are anything to go by number thirteen won’t be unlucky for her. Here, Veronica tackles the who, what, when, where and why of writing. ♥

Who has been the most important person in your writing journey?

My agent, Araminta, who has been a wonderful guide for the past fifteen years and is a fantastic cheerleader. Writing is full of highs and lows, and it’s important to have someone there to hold your hand through the trickier moments as well as the champagne moments. Thanks to Araminta there have been more of the latter.

What motivates you to write?

I have to treat writing as a business, so it’s important to be disciplined and organised, but it’s not always easy to be creative to order. The best way to keep motivated is to create a world you want to immerse yourself in, and characters you want to be with. Finding out what happens to them is what keeps me going back to the laptop. I know I am in control of their destiny, but I have to care about them.

When did you first start writing?

When I worked as a production secretary on The Archers – I used to write scenes for members of the public to record with their favourite Archers character when we did roadshows. From the Archers I went on to become a script editor for Crossroads, and had to provide the storylines. Eventually, when I had my first baby, I became a script writer.

Where do you write?HIGH TIDE cover

I have an office which doubles as my spare room, but I often end up writing at the dining room table as I have an uninterrupted view of the sea from there. I have to work in total silence these days and have no distractions. My dog Zelda sits at my feet, and if I reach a tricky bit we head to the beach for a walk and very often my plot muddles are sorted out by the time we get back.

Why did you write this book?

I’d written a lot of seaside books set in the summer, but my favourite time of year is actually autumn, so High Tide explores a small seaside town hunkering down for the winter months ahead. It’s a book about change, and autumn to me represents change, with the leaves turning from green to gold. It’s very atmospheric – full of log fires and mists – and fireworks!

Veronica Henry was a scriptwriter for programmes such as Heartbeat, Doctors and Holby City before becoming a full-time novelist. In 2012 Veronica was writer-in-residence on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express. Her novel A Night on the Orient Express won Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2014. Veronica lives on the coast in North Devon with her sons. Her latest novel, High Tide, is published by Orion.

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