Get to know author Deborah E Pearson
Deborah E Pearson found her love of Jane Austen’s work when she was 15 by watching the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Andrew Davies. She then read Miss Austen’s books multiple times and began reading fan fiction books, which led her to begin writing her own Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF) in 2010. Deborah’s burning passion is to empower others through the written word.
Deborah left school in 1997. She has many varied hobbies including Watercolour Painting, playing the piano, Violin and the flute. She loves reading a broad spectrum of material which ranging from Philosophy through to the latest fiction. She is a life-long Norwich City Football Club fan. She loves sewing and excels at Cross Stitch. If she is not writing the one thing that she loves is to spend several hours just walking around her favourite beauty spots.
Ramona: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Deborah E Pearson: Judging an average is difficult as timescales on each book can vary wildly. On average I can go from blank page to a publishable document in six months. Sometimes though it can be better to let the document rest in between completion and publication to see if I still love it as it is.
Ramona: How many books have you published so far, and what is your latest book that you are working on?
Deborah E Pearson: I have two published so far, with a third hopefully coming out at the end of November 2018.
The latest book I’m working is the fourth in The Darcy legacy series, which looks at whether or not Mr Wickham can be redeemed and forgiven for all that he has done.
Ramona: Can you name all your books
The Darcy Legacy: 1811-1812 How It All Began Part 1
The Meryton War
Launching on 28th November:
The Darcy Legacy: 1812 How it All Began Part 2
In Beta reading at the present time: The Longbourne Conundrum
And many more in various stages as works in progress.
Ramona: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Deborah E Pearson: Generally writing energises me. However it can be exhausting if I don’t take enough breaks in the day, or the plot doesn’t run smoothly.
Ramona: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Deborah E Pearson: The beginning of a new manuscript. That blank canvas staring at me feels almost scary as if the book is taunting me to write it.
Ramona: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Deborah E Pearson: Generally, the amount of research depends on what the book is about and what I need to know. I do not put a time frame on how long I research for as sometimes I can find the information I need fairly quickly, others I need to gather lots of information and therefore it could be anything from a few weeks to a few months. However, research is an ongoing process, so I will continue to research even during writing the book. The more information that I can gather the better really. I won’t put pen to paper until I am confident I know what I need to, at least on a basic level.
Ramona: What does literary success look like to you?
Deborah E Pearson: I believe that there are 3 levels of success.
For me my entry level of success is having the guts to publish your book and sell some copies – that level I can honestly say I’ve achieved, but I would like to be more successful.
The next level, which is my current goal, is to be able to earn a living wage from my work.
Beyond that the third level is hit the stratosphere of success, which includes the movie deals and awards. This level of success is desirable, obviously, but ultimately not necessary to my ego or my sense of gratitude.
Ramona: Do you think someone could be a writer, if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Deborah E Pearson: I know from personal experience that with the right encouragement anyone can be a writer. I wrote a few short stories while I was in high school, during a period of time that I was disconnected from my emotions. While I can say that yes you can still write in such circumstances, being disconnected from your emotions puts you at two kinds of disadvantage. The first being that you are without the emotional barometer that tells you how well a scene works for your audience. Secondly it can make your style of writing cold and emotionless, which can seem remote from the target audience.
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