Sibel Hodge is the author of bestselling romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she’s Wonder Woman! When she’s not out saving the world from dastardly demons she writes an eclectic mix of romantic comedies, mysteries, thrillers, children’s books, and non-fiction.
Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and a Finalist for Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?
Write from the heart. Write what you love. Write what you’re passionate about. It will always shine through in your work. And most of all, believe in yourself. It’s not a race, it’s a journey, so have fun, live in the moment, and enjoy the process!
We’re all going to have self-doubts and fears, of course. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t, but it is how we deal with them that will affect whether those doubts become our reality. Whatever your goals are, you don’t necessarily have to know how you’re going to achieve them, you just have to believe that you will achieve them, and the how will get taken care of. One thing will always lead to another, and that’s how amazing opportunities happen. How often do you hear of people overcoming amazing odds to gain success or beat incurable health problems? These people knew they could achieve what they wanted and had no doubt whatsoever – that’s the power of positive thinking.
How has this helped you as a writer?
It’s made me live in the moment and enjoy writing. I started my writing journey with quirky chick lit, but my writing journey led me on a new life journey, and I realized I didn’t have to be put into a box. The more I wrote, the more I learned and grew as an author and a person, which meant I could tackle issues that I felt were important and didn’t get talked about much, particularly human and animal rights issues, and domestic violence and abuse. Being trans-genre can increase your readership. For me, it stopped me getting stale and complacent. And it made me realize that there’s more to me and my books than one type of genre. Just like actors don’t want to get stereotyped, we don’t have to be trapped in a genre box for the rest of our careers. We’re free to write whatever inspires us, or what we want to share with the world, whether it’s under a pen name or our own.
Mac or PC?
Do you use Word or Scrivener?
Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?
Write notes. I’ve got bits and pieces of paper all over the house!
Do you have any writing rituals?
Before I start writing for the day I do yoga and meditate. When I’m working on my first draft I set a goal of between 3000-5000 words per day.
Do you start by writing or researching first?
I’m a pantster, not a plotter, so most of the time I don’t have a clue what’s going to come out of my head until I start writing. I usually know the beginning and the end but that’s about it. If I need to do research I usually do it in the editing stages.
Favorite spot to write in the winter?
All over the house, depending on which room is warmer!
Favorite spot to write in the summer?
I have an outside office area, which is really quiet and overlooks a ravine for some beautiful thinking scenery.
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