The Who, What, When, Where and Why with Dorothy Koomson

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By Jade Craddock

Dorothy Koomson had her first book published in 2003 and ever since she’s been a stalwart of the bestsellers’ charts, and rightly so. Dorothy’s latest book – When I Was Invisible – was released at the start of the month, and it is with great excitement that we welcome her to We Heart Writing to discuss the who, what, when, where and why of her writing.♥

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

There are so many people, it wouldn’t be fair to try to narrow it down to 20, let alone one! Many people don’t even realise how important they’ve been with a particular book or moment when I needed to hear something that would keep me going.

What motivates you to write?

I love writing, it’s my true passion and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing, but writing is also my job. So, what motivates me to write is to do my job as well as I possibly can – just as I would with any other job I have done or would be doing.

When did you first start writing?

I started writing my first book when I was about 13. I had been writing smaller bits before that, but this was the first book I attempted to write and finish. I didn’t published until my thirties, though. I was writing short stories and a couple of other books during that time.

Where do you write?

I used to write in my bed. I loved doing that – I would be able to write long into the night when I worked in bed. But I’m not allowed to do that anymore so I have a new desk which goes up and down so I can stand as well as sit and a new ergonomic chair which is great for my back. When I Was Invisible was the first book I didn’t write in my bed.

Why did you write this book?

I wanted to explore the subject of living the life you were supposed to. What would you be doing if you weren’t doing what you were now? I think we all wonder at various points in our lives whether we are where we expected to be and what we’d be doing if we weren’t doing what we are now. This book – When I Was Invisible – was a way to explore that. It’s the story of two girls who essentially grow up with the same experiences and how those things shape who they are in the past and in the present.

Dorothy Koomson wrote her first novel when she was 13, before getting her big break as a published novelist with her book The Cupid Effect. Dorothy Koomson’s When I Was Invisible (Century, £12.99) is on sale now.

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