A QUICK LITTLE INTERVIEW WITH THE CURRENT POST MORTEM PRESS FEATURED AUTHOR – GINNY GILROY
Q: Tell us a little about your writing. What is your typical genre, your style, the voice you aim for and such.
A: I write speculative fiction about extraordinary women. My style can best be described as concise. I often struggle with commas and adjectives, often having not enough of either. In writing as in life I appreciate clarity and directness. Unfortunately, that can sometimes come across as abrupt.
Q: What are some of the endeavors you have on the horizon, or have been participating in?
A: I’m working on my next novel, Jane Gray. It’s a science fiction book based on a short story, The Secret Life of Jane Gray, published in the Barren Worlds anthology.
Q: Do you prefer longer or shorter fiction? And what do you think each provides for your writing?
A: I can’t choose one over the other. Novels give a writer a great deal of space to create a universe. That’s an advantage in writing science fiction. On the other hand I like writing short stories because they are by nature concise.
Q: Let us know a little about your favorite character that you have created, and what makes them your favorite?
A: It’s a toss up between Constance and Jane. Constance is in her way very pure. She has an extraordinary ability to focus. Her life is very ordered and carefully arranged. When her world turns up side down, she doesn’t compromise her identity. Jane Gray on the other hand is adaptable and manipulative. Being a rebel corporate executive, she’s a kind of Cyber punk antiheroine.
Q: What do you typically read and how do those authors help to define your own writing?
A: I’ll read everything and anything. One of the reasons I’m so fond of my kindle is because it allows “sampling.” It’s opened me up to books I never would have put my money down to purchase.
Writers I admire, who have influenced my work, are Shirley Jackson, and Frank Herbert. Whenever I get stuck in my prose, I’ll pick up one of their books and just read. Their novels set the bar for my own work.
Q: What advice might you offer to other writers in their endeavors? What things have you experienced as set backs and potential deal breakers? Also, what things have helped you to gain exposure, bring attention to your stories?
A: Write every day. There is no other way. There are no deal breakers. I’ve taken breaks from writing to “reset” but always come back.
Exposure is an issue I struggle with on many levels. Pinterest seems to work for me. It’s personal but not too personal, and concise. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with interesting captions. We’ll see if it leads to sales. Twitter did not work for me at all. I post to Facebook, but it takes a lot of time and effort to really master. Unfortunately in my world both are in short supply.
Q: Finish this sentence, “Ginny Gilroy is a .”
A: Ginny Gilroy is a work in progress.
Q: Anything else you would like to promote, say, or rant about?
A: Believe me you don’t want to start me on a rant. My website is ginnygilroy.com I update it every quarter or so.
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