Brook Cottage Books is thrilled to have Julia Ibbotson on the blog today as the first week of her book tour for her book DRUMBEATS comes to an end. Lots of great posts for next week and you can follow the progress of the tour HERE. Let's find out what the book is about first.
JB: Do you plan your storylines or do you start with a general idea and let the writing carry you?
JULIA: To an extent. I do plan out the novel in general, chapter by chapter, and details about the characters and their back-story. I like to think I know where I’m going on the journey and that it’s mapped out. But I find that, as I write, it all changes as the characters, situations and relationships go their own way, down other unexpected pathways – but overall the shape remains the same as my plan and it all arrives at the intended destination.
JB: I like to write stories that make the reader think, give them something to ponder, as well as, hopefully, taking them on an enjoyable narrative journey and introducing them to strong likeable characters. Those are the books I like to read too: ones that are a bit different, perhaps with an unusual narrative structure. And I wanted a swoony romantic hero, mysterious and maybe dangerous to know! Drumbeats is about Ghana and I myself lived there as a volunteer teacher and nurse just like Jess, and I’ve always wanted to write about the place. I also wanted to write about a young woman finding her way in life, growing into adulthood. Although it’s fictionalised, I wanted the novel to evoke authentically the vibrant colours, noises, smells and tastes of Africa, so those were from my own experience, seen through Jess’s eyes. Many of the things that happen to Jess, happened to me! So, which bits are true? Sorry, but I’m not telling!
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