Nick Morrice's debut book, The Lily and the Rose, was recently published on the 28th September 2017. In light of this, we thought that we would catch up with the author and get an update.
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
When I was five, I painted a picture of myself writing at a desk, and in the background was a vast bookcase full of books. Sixty years later, I am fulfilling my dream!
What was your first job?
Selling biscuits at Fortnum and Mason's.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
I signed up to a Lifelong Learning class called 'Writing the Novel.' My intention was to write the novel that I had wanted to write all my life!
What was your life like before you became an author?
I was a reluctant teacher. The best fun was producing the school plays.
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
Teaching was a huge struggle. But I had a determination to teach, and make a success of it.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
Somehow the ideas keep flowing, but I really don't know where they come from.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
I rise very early (to my partner's dismay), managing on about six hours sleep. I really try to write in the mornings after an Aeropress coffee - but 'writing' means planning, editing, scrapping and starting all over again. Whatever happens, I try to forget about it in the afternoons and evenings.
What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
Making a breakthrough to an idea which no one has previously developed. It is impossible to be totally original, but one can find a new variation on a theme, and this is really exciting.
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