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  1. Lauren Banfield

    The loss of sleep was totally worth it! I just wondered how you plan your amazing writing. Do plan out each chapter or just write and see what happens? Also how long does a book take you to write, roughly? Lauren x

    • I’d never start a book without a plot. Not very detailed, just a couple of pages with the main plot points, and the ending. The story could change as I wrote, but still wouldn’t start without a plot. I usually write a book a year, so first draft of around 100,000 words would take between 5 and 7 months, and then maybe another couple of months editing and fine tuning. Roughly eight or nine months work in total, in between my editor reading, and the copy editor and proofreader doing their things. I would say too though that you need to read a lot – you mentioned that you don’t, and I think you have to be a consistent reader to be able to write. Good luck!

      • Lauren Banfield

        Ah OK great, that’s so helpful thanks. I used to read a lot more, just struggled for time in the last year or so. But I am getting back into it during quarantine!

      • Glad to hear you’re getting back in. There are so many wonderful books out there! xx

  2. Lauren Banfield

    Hi there,
    I wanted to get in touch with you for 2 reasons. Firstly to complain for how much sleep your book took from me! Many nights I said I’d read a chapter or 2 from ‘something in common’ and then before I knew it, it would be 2am. As a 20yr old uni student, I don’t read much but your book kept me off Netflix every night. I felt so attached to the characters that I couldn’t put it down and cried my eyes out. Secondly to thank you. I’ve always liked the idea of writing but never given it serious thought. But your book has inspired me to write my first book. So I am going to be spending the rest of quarantine reading more of your books and writing my own. In fact, I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions?

    Kind regards,
    Lauren

    • HI Lauren, delighted you enjoyed Something in Common (sorry about the lost sleep!) Feel free to ask questions, not that I have all the answers, and I’m currently editing my next book so my free time is limited but I’ll do my best – Roisin x

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