Eloise Richer, the author of Ming Ming's Foodie Adventure, shares some details about their life after becoming a new author!
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
I have always enjoyed being creative, and at school I was forever writing short stories or plays, when I wasn’t busy creating imaginary worlds with my toys. It had always been a pipe-dream to become an author – since qualifying as an actuary in 2020, and gaining my free time back after studying for all those exams I finally got around to putting one of my ideas down onto paper. I was lucky enough to come across Pegasus who made that pipe-dream a reality.
What was your first job?
I’m still at my first job! After graduating from the university of Warwick with a master’s degree in physics, I started my current job as an actuary, working my way up to becoming a fully qualified actuary in 2020. Actuaries can work in many areas, but I work mostly on pension schemes, advising trustees and companies on all aspects of scheme management.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
I started writing for fun! Initially it was just a small project, just for me. It was really fun to put my ideas down on paper (old school style, in a notebook!). Once I’d started the ideas kept coming and before I knew it I had a full manuscript. My very supportive family and fiancé encouraged me to send it out to publishers – I knew it would be a tough market to crack and so I wasn’t really expecting any responses. It was a real surprise to be able to publish!
What was your life like before you became an author?
Before I started writing I spent most of my free time studying for the actuarial exams – there were 15 exams to study for and pass. With all those academic requirements there wasn’t much room for creativity!
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
I became unwell with a chronic women’s condition (endometriosis) in my early 20s. While I still struggle sometimes, it became more and more important to do some things just for me, which was probably the main catalyst in deciding to spend more time being creative and writing.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
My life hasn’t changed too much – other than the big confidence boost that came with seeing my name in print! I have lots of other ideas and so I look forward to expanding on my published work.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
A typical day for me starts early, I’m a morning person! I typically start my days work at 8am, and work through til 5 or 6pm. I’m working from home like so many others at the moment, and so at lunch time I like to get out onto my balcony where I’m growing some summer vegetables and flowers – it sounds clichéd but gardening is really incredibly relaxing! After work I usually swim, and then in the evenings I might spend some time with my ideas notebook and jot down any rhymes or new ideas that present themselves!
What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
I’d say receiving the first copies of my book and seeing my name in print was a very proud and memorable moment! It was a real sense of achievement to see the physical book in my hands.
In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Working with Pegasus has been great – staff from the different production teams were in regular touch, so even as a first time author I could understand the different steps and what was happening with my story.
Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
I loved the style and range of the children’s and adult literature that Pegasus publish, that coupled with their reputation made choosing Pegasus a no-brainer.
You can get a copy of the book here.
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