Meeting Janet Gogerty, author of Three Ages of Man

This week I’d like to welcome Janet Gogerty to the Thursday Throng. Janet hails from somewhere very local to me, Southbourne-on-Sea in Dorset and was one of the contributors to ‘Dorset Voices’, a compilation of stories from local authors in our area. She’s produced three novels and her work is contained in two anthologies. Her book, Three Ages of Man, is the second in a trilogy that considers what happens when the world around isn’t quite what it seems on the surface.

janet gogertyThe Janet Gogerty Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I once helped the King of Norway do his Christmas shopping in Harrods Toy Department.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

‘The characters were three dimensional and real, I felt part of the family.’ What more could I desire  a reader to say about my family story ‘Quarter Acre Block’?

How did you choose a title for your book?

‘Ten Pound Pommies’ was hardly original; ‘Quarter Acre Block’ was what migrants were promised each detached suburban house would be built on in Perth, Western Australia and that is what the family in my story buy in 1964. That was its working title, I considered changing  it, but there are no other novels with the same title as far as I know. Poignant now, as that ideal was long  ago discarded; the house my parents bought has been demolished and replaced by several homes.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Write and keep writing, joining a writing group is not for everyone, but having to write something every week, reading it out loud, then receiving a written critique the following week, propelled me into serious writing.

Three Ages of ManHow do you remain sane while working?

Carry on with real life, fit writing in between socialising, exercising, housework etc.

Are you jealous of other writers?

Especially the writers in the Amazon Kindle e-newsletters, obviously they always feature an amazingly successful writer who has sold zillions of e-books and trills how glad they were to have published on Amazon Kindle.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Anywhere and everywhere. Each week at writing group we have a title or suggestion and many of my short stories have been sparked off this way. ‘Brief Encounters of the Third Kind’ was originally a short story – our brief was a quote ‘What’s that in the sky mother?’ and thus Emma Dexter and her mother Susan were born. Once an idea is born my characters and their surroundings are inspired by people I have observed and places I have known.  My characters are usually ordinary people, but I often face them with extraordinary experiences – that’s when my  imagination takes flight!

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

I don’t think I’m the first person to say this, but reading is my answer. The Blue School, Isleworth; I remember looking at words stuck up around the classroom walls and worrying if I would ever remember the difference between to, two and too. I did. I don’t remember learning to read as such, but I recall how boring I considered the reading books, Janet and John and ridiculous stories about Chicken Licken. Most of the credit should go to my mother reading Noddy to me and hearing me read.

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

A cliché, but Mr. Darcy coming out of the lake, it’s not even in the book, but that  BBC production is my favourite Pride and Prejudice.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Tea to refresh, filter coffee with evaporated milk and brown sugar for an energy boost and sherry while I cook dinner as my reward for dragging myself away from writing and down to the kitchen.

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

In the past or the future.

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Where can I find out more about Janet and buy her books?

Three Ages of Man is available in Kindle format from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. And you can meet Janet on her website at: www.ccsidewriter.co.uk/

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/

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