Caroline Green is an award-winning author of books for young people. Her debut, Dark Ride, won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award, Hold Your Breath won the Oldham Book Award, and both Hold Your Breath and Cracks have been short-listed for eleven awards between them. Caroline is Writer In Residence at East Barnet School and teaches Writing for Children at City University. She has recently moved genre with a pen name, Cass Green, and a brand new psychological thriller, The Woman Next Door, which is currently storming the Kindle charts.
You can find out more about Caroline and her books at www.carolinegreen.net
In the intro I give a quick update on my writing (I finished my latest book – yay!) and recommend Mark McGuinness’s new book, Productivity For Creative People which is currently free on Amazon (or from Mark’s website, Lateral Action).
Mark is poet and a creative coach and he really knows his stuff. You might also like my interview with him in episode 12 of this podcast!
Also, I have completed my first ‘independent’ venture and the audio book of The Language of Spells is out now!
I answer a listener question on the writing advice ‘show don’t tell’ and mention an article I wrote on this subject for Novelicious. Here’s the link.
I’ll answer it on the show and credit you (unless, of course, you ask to remain anonymous).
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In the interview:
Caroline on the realities of publishing:
‘The year when most of these things were happening and I had national paper reviews and won awards and everything was wonderful, that was the year I actually did my self-employed accounts and cried because I had made no money.’
On using a pen name:
‘I think it just helps you to separate the two writing personas…’
‘My perfect writing day involves going to The British Library… It feels like more of a commitment and I feel that when I’m there I really have to make the time count.’
‘Storytelling is what inspires me.’
Caroline recommends Into The Woods by John Yorke
Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way
Write Your Novel From The Middle by James Scott Bell
Zoe Marriott’s blog The Zoe-Trope.
The Pomodoro Technique for timed writing sessions.