Today, my curiosity has got me asking ‘where does Paula write?’ Paula is a good friend of mine who I’ve known for many years. We’ve appeared in a few anthologies together, perhaps most notably, the Whitby Abbey Pure Inspiration book, published by English Heritage. Despite us living at opposite ends of the country, we have met up at Whitby Goth Weekend on a few occasions and it’s always fab to see what she’s dressed in! Paula is a Gothic storyteller and writes as Paula R C Readman. She’s an old hand at short stories and has won prizes for them, and has recently had some success with her first novel, Stone Angels, set in the art world, and her first novella, The Funeral Birds, set in a very strange detective agency.
So, Paula, my Gothic friend, I’ve had a good look at your pictures (for research purposes, you understand not that I’m nebbing…much!) and I see CDS there – do you have any favourite music you write along to, or a playlist depending on what you’re writing?
Thank you for allowing me to chat about my writing room. I always wanted a book lined room to write in, though originally I was going to be an artist. I guess you might have realised I have a love of art with the theme of my newly released novel, Stone Angels.
Yes, I do listen to music 🎶 while writing. I developed tinnitus last year which robbed me of complete silence so now I need music to focus on while writing to drown out the horrible noise in my head. I listen to a collection of New Age Music and Classical it has to be soft gentle uplifting music. Music with words are too distracting as I start singing along.
People have left the building when I sing and my dog just stares at me in disgust – but sometimes you just have to, don’t you? Anyway – there’s a photo on your computer screen. Are you using that for inspiration at all?
The photo on the screen is where I upload my music collection on to my computer and used my photographs instead of album cover so when a new track plays a new picture appears.
Great idea! There’s also a healthy collection of notebooks I can see. Well done. Are they all written in, or are they like mine, where many of them just have my name written in, then they are stored on a shelf as they are too pretty to write in?
The notebooks all have something written in them. The smaller normally travel with me when on holiday while the larger ones beside my bed for when I’m woken by a thought or idea.
You’ve also got quite a few clocks – do you collect them?
No, I don’t collect clocks, but Russell does. I have one clock I do wind every day. I love to hear the sound of a ticking clock.
It’s soothing isn’t it? Very nice. You have lots of lovely photos up – I know you take pics, are any of these your own, or are they special family ones?
I have a collection of cards given mainly by the two precious men in my life, my son and husband. As well as photos of them.
I can see there’s an extra seat by the window – do you allow visitors or do you like to write in peace and quiet?
There’s two computers in this room, one half of the room was my husband’s as he used to buy and sell on eBay, but now he has an IPhone and no longer sells on EBay, I have the room to myself. Anyone is welcome into my room, but please let me know first. I do get visits from my two cats.
That’s lovely to know…I’ll be sure to book in! Finally, what are you working on now, and what are your future plans for writing?
I’m busy editing my first novel, Seeking the Dark. It’s a vampire novel with a twist. I have a publisher who’s waiting on it. Next year, if not sooner, I have a follow up novel to the Funeral Birds. The story is plotted out, all I need is the starting point. I find once I have the first line I can just write. It seems to set the tone of the book and allows the words to flow.
Brilliant. I always start with a concept but sometimes I just have to leave it and see. But once you get that flow, there’s nothing better when you write, is there?
Thanks you so much for popping in to see me – it’s lovely to invade your writing space for a few minutes. Best of luck with all your books, and I’ll hopefully see you soon!
Paula R. C. Readman was born in Essex and has family roots in Whitby, North Yorkshire. She’s married. After leaving school with no qualifications, she worked in low-paying jobs until redundancy changed the direction of her life. Encouraged by her husband, she taught herself how to write from books purchased from eBay.
Paula writes mainly about the darker side of life and has had a wide range of short stories, flash fiction and a crime novella The Funeral Birds published. In 2012, she was the overall winner in the Writing Magazine/Harrogate Crime Festival Short Story competition.
Paula’s first full-length crime novel, Stone Angels was published by Darkstroke Books this year.
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