The following interview is cross-posted from Head above Water.
Sally Clements is a mystery and romance writer who lives in Celbridge, Kildare, Ireland. Her novel Catch me a Catch is published by Wild Rose Press. The novel is up for the Romantic Novelists Association’s, Joan Hessayon Award. Sally’s novel Bound to Love was also recently published by Salt publishing’s romance e-publishing imprint Embrace. Her children range in age between almost 18 and 10. When not writing she is usually to be found driving Mum’s Taxi!
When did you start writing? Had you established a writing rhythm or career before or did it happen alongside the kids?
I always loved writing, and did it for my own pleasure and satisfaction until about four years ago, when I decided to be brave, really write, and show it to other people. Terrifying, but satisfying!
What impact has having children had on your writing career?
Well, my children were past the toddler stage by the time I started. Before then, I found it impossible to devote the time to it.
How do you organise your writing time and space, Sally, do you have a routine?
I have a desk, and an office. I retreat there every morning when the children are in school, and write until school pick-up time. If the children are busy doing homework etc., I usually manage to fit an hour or two in the afternoons between school runs!
Is it possible to maintain a balance between writing and family/home commitments on a daily basis?
I’ve claimed the mornings as writing time. I maybe shove in a load of washing before I start, but leave the housework to the afternoons, when I’m out of the office and buzzing around. If I didn’t, there’d be no time for writing at all. Half terms, school holidays etc., are difficult!
How do the children react to your writing or the time you spend on it?
They’re sort of resigned to it. I think now since I’ve been published, they realize that I’m not just avoiding them, but actually doing something. Read more