About Lizzie Chantree:
Lizzie is an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. She founded her first company at the age of 17 and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since.
Lizzie appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast, BBC’s Worldwide Radio Service, amongst others for becoming one of Fair Play London’s Female Innovators.
Lizzie lives with her gorgeous family and a very unusual dog. In between the school run and baking cakes (or burning them!), she sits in her rooftop studio daydreaming about gaps in the market and how she can fill them. Babe Driven is her first novel and she is currently working on her second.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by the whole creative process of writing a book. I love seeing thoughts turn into words and words turn into a book. I have story ideas running through my mind all of the time and it is such a fantastic feeling to hold a finished manuscript in your hand.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually write my story outline by hand as the ideas come to me. I then type up my outline and begin to write the full story on my computer. I have a good idea of the full novel before I start to type, but characters evolve as I am writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often sit and think of how my characters would respond to a situation and how they would react to other characters. I do get very involved in their characteristics and often write a full list of personal traits and family history before I start my story.
What advice would you give other writers?
To put your ideas on paper. If you don’t write them down, you have nothing to edit. You can change something you have begun to write, but can’t edit a blank page. If you discard the idea later, that’s fine, but it is a good way to get you writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I approached a few publishers when my book was in it’s first draft. They came back with messages about currently not accepting submissions. Five years later, I met an editor who worked with me on a final manuscript and I finished the complete novel. I read an article about a popular author who was self-publishing and doing amazingly well. It really interested me, so I didn’t submit my finished book to anyone. I chose to publish it myself on Amazon. The response has been wonderful!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think people will always love to hold a book and read it, but will also want the choice to download as many books as they like wherever they are. There seem to be so many people who love books in whichever form they come.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Romance. Women’s literature.
What formats are your books in?: eBook