This week my guest is JG Dow, author of a chick lit novel, Jane of Manchester. JG lived for many years in the North of England and spent a few years living in Manchester. He enjoys walks in the country and indulging in a spot of cooking now and then and also writes the odd story and pen the occasional poem from time to time. This is his debut novel and so if anyone happens to enjoy it, he may just write another!
What is one thing that people wouldn’t normally know about you?
There are probably a few things people don’t know about me and maybe juggling is one of those things. I used to practice against a wall to try and get a good rhythm going and after a while, I could do it without the use of a wall to bounce balls off and could juggle properly which was nice! It’s not the most impressive thing ever but showed me that learning a new skill is always useful.
How did you choose a title for your book?
I chose the book title ‘Jane of Manchester’ because I used to live in Manchester during Uni days but also I felt it had a nice ring to it and had an almost classic feel to it in a weird way. I really didn’t have any other titles in mind either and this just felt right I suppose. Titles have a way of coming to you and just seeming like they are meant to be in a way
Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?
I did want to do poetry when I was younger which is writing of course but in a different form to what I do now. I was alright at it but not good enough to get published maybe. I play guitar and did try to form a band when I was at uni and had a few practices but it never went anywhere really. In terms of other careers, I didn’t really have anything in mind at all after school and university so I’m glad I found novel writing as its something I can do.
Have you ever written naked?
I’ve never written naked but I wouldn’t mind trying it if the weather got too hot! I suppose you have to be comfortable after all but I generally I write fully clothed and to be honest, even in shorts the laptop can get warm on your legs so naked writing probably won’t catch on in my opinion.
Are you jealous of other authors and writers?
I’m a bit jealous of successful writers as they are earning a lot and getting good readership so that would be nice. I don’t think I get jealous in other terms though as I think its great to appreciate other writers and their styles but I like my own style and so I wouldn’t want to be like any other writer really even though its nice to admire others talents.
What was the most important lesson you learned at school?
I learned at school that exams can be a bit over-rated at times as can coursework and things like that. You do learn things at school and its nice to learn a bit of basic French and a bit of Geography and things but I prefer learning on your own and in your own time as you remember more that way and also, it seems more enjoyable and more rewarding as you are teaching yourself instead of rote learning so there is a greater understanding to be gained that way.
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
I do like to drink when writing as you can get dehydrated if you don’t which probably doesn’t help the writing process. A cup of tea is good and maybe even a coffee if I’m really tired but I also like a Berocca vitamin drink as that gives you a bit of energy sometimes and perks you up- it feels like it does anyway! You need to drink when writing though, especially during hot weather like we’re having at the moment!
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT JG and his BOOK?
Amazon – Jane of Manchester
And, you can meet JG online on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homeofJane/
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