As an introduction to Neve’s blog, we’ll kick off with a good ol’ question and answer session so you know a wee bit more about her. After this, Neve will be heading up the blog, airing her thoughts, and talking about up and coming books, writing, and the well-trodden path which has paved the way for ‘lesfic’ authors today: we salute you wonderful ladies!
Where did the inspiration for A Dangling Fish come from?
I’ve lived and worked in Greece on and off since I was in my early twenties. I’ve also lived in places with larger than average lesbian populations (Greece and the UK). I draw my inspiration for its characters and location from these places. But especially book 2, which I’m currently working on, the location, what becomes dubbed as ‘Girltown’, is just a place I’d love to discover – I’d probably never leave.
Is there another Ms Fontaine?
Spill, why not? Damaged? Divorced?
No. None of the above. I’m a single lady; no baggage and undamaged – as much as any healthy person can be. No kids. No ex wife (or husband!) I’ve been on my own for an embarrassing amount of time, actually. But I’ve been busy. Ahem. (Neve looks at her trainers with more interest than they warrant).
When did you start writing fiction?
I’ve always had a curious wondering mind so writing stories and daydreaming is as much a part of me as the skin that holds me together. But after school, like most people where I grew up, life happened and, because we’re told writing isn’t a proper job, it took a backseat. In fact, no, it got buried in the boot, under the bit where the spare wheel goes. I wrote my first proper book about 7 years ago, a novel, but it remains a draft. I’m not entirely sure where it is… Oddly, it was also written in pencil when I was stranded on a Scottish island for 10 days due to bad weather… Might try find it.
It’s said that many writers (inadvertently) embody themselves in their characters, are you Gabbi Sinclair?
There’s a part of me or my views, as well as pure fantastical creation, in many of my characters – along with some people I’ve met who’s qualities and quirks, or flaws, inspire their creation too. Obviously me and Gabbi have some similarities: our northern roots, love of the underwater world, love of our fairer sex. But Gabbi faces many of the same challenges and awkward situations many of us do – I’ve certainly had my share, hopefully I’m past them now. Really, ADF is about not conforming, feeling the fear and doing it anyway; about not presuming. About the beauty in women, our quirks, our vulnerabilities.
Do you really live in a house with no running water or power?
Yes, off-grid would be too polite, it’s just in a place with no power cables or pipelines. As a friend said, I’m babysitting it. No TV. No nothing. A Dangling Fish must be the greenest book ever published. I’ll be honest though, it’s not easy and I doubt I’ll live such a basic life again. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing (I hope). A girl needs some home comforts! But we can’t have it all ways and it was a compromise I made so I could get the peace and quiet to focus on writing.
Which one of your characters would you date and why, and you have to choose one ; )
… (Thinking). Star: because she doesn’t give a shit, she’s honest and loyal, comes across as a laid back hippy, yet she’s quite savvy. Importantly, she likes to party.
You mentioned book 2, will there be a book 3, is ADF a series?
I don’t know. 2’s not finished yet. Although I haven’t planned or conceived 3, I’ve created a place I’d like to visit, seems a shame to stay away forever. But there’s a few other projects I’ve got in mind. I’ll keep you posted. Everything takes twice as long without 24/7 power. I don’t drive either so going shopping takes half a day, part cycling and part hiking up and down the mountain – I’m in great shape!
Can we expect to see you at any UK lesfic events, or any lesfic events, this year?
Well, I’m stuck up a mountain in Spain. And like I said, transport is a problem – I got dropped off here after living in my tent on the coast. Seriously though, I’m focusing on book 2, which will be finished before autumn 2016. After that, who knows, it’s possible. I should hold my own lesfic festival, I’ve got enough land. Actually, if there’s any lesbian writers, poets, painters; women who understand one needs a certain environment to be creative, but also likes to crank up the volume and have a beer, get in touch.