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Eve Ainsworth Interview

Posted on 15 November 2013. © Copyright 2004-2024 WriteWords
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WriteWords talks to Eve Ainsworth aka WW member Eve26, whose novel Seven Days is out with Scholastic in 2015.

Tell us something about your background.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been creating stories. When I was little and before I could write, I used to run around my back garden making up stories out loud – the neighbours probably thought I was a little odd! When I was ten I typed out my first children’s story ‘Muddles The Mouse’ and sent it to Penguin. I received a lovely letter back, saying it had been taken to a board meeting and they told me never to give up. Throughout my teenage years my room was littered with abandoned novels and scrawled ideas. I knew I wanted to be a writer, there was a constant drive inside me, but lack of self belief held me back for a long time.

I really knuckled down to writing whilst pregnant with my first child in 2007. I wrote a contemporary/thriller and began to circulate it to agents. In hindsight, the novel wasn’t my strongest, but through it I began to understand the writing process, and I joined writing networks such as Writewords. I wrote my next novel, The Blog of Maisy Malone, and received much more favourable feedback, although I still struggled to get an agent. At times it seemed I was close, but not close enough. By now, I had discovered my voice and knew that I wanted to write Young Adult. My next book, The Art of Kissing Frogs, was shortlisted for the Greenhouse Funny Prize – yet I still couldn’t secure an agent, despite several ‘full’ requests.

Tell us about your journey to getting an agent and publisher

I decided to self-publish Maisy Malone, but had moments where I doubted whether I would ever actually make it as a writer.

I just couldn’t stop! The drive to write just wouldn’t go away, and there was always a little voice inside my head saying, ‘the next book might be the ONE’. The friends and contacts I’d made on writing sites were also fantastic and kept me going when I felt disheartened.

I also found writing short stories helped me. I was able to develop my writing and it gave me something else to concentrate on. Having some success in other publications such as Writer’s Forum and Prima magazine was a huge confidence boost.

I wrote Seven Days relatively quickly, but I took time to make sure it was ready. I found other writers (beta readers) who read it for me and provided feedback - this helped shape it and make it stronger. When I submitted Seven Days I felt it was as ready as it ever could be. Luckily, this one was snapped up by Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown. I was overjoyed. She is a fab agent and as soon as I met her, I knew she would do a fantastic job for me.
After a nerve-wrecking submission process, Stephanie sold Seven Days to Scholastic UK. It will be published in April 2015 and I couldn’t be happier.

What's the worst thing about writing?

The self-doubt never goes away, and it’s an evil beast.

And the best?

I love seeing the ideas coming together, or a piece of writing flowing beautifully. There is also nothing like the satisfaction of typing ‘the end’ on a piece of work.

My other passions?

My children. Reading (anything)!! I love films by British directors such as Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Shane Meadows.

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Comments by other Members

Pen and Ink at 19:39 on 15 November 2013  Report this post
Great interview, Eve. I love your tip about never giving up.

Wendy Mason at 10:03 on 18 November 2013  Report this post
Me too, very motivating.
Now I know that I need to find a whole book beta-reader. Any one else?

OliviaPaasche at 13:35 on 19 November 2013  Report this post
A very inspiring interview.I regret not keeping stories that I scibbled over the years especially now that I really want to write.Now I am make a point of encouraging my children to file their little stories.
And yes..."never give up...". I like that .Thank you.

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