Fang’d by the rather marvellous, Vin George, was one of my favourite reads of the year so far. L got to hang out with this talented writer at UK Meet this month.
How lucky are we that they took time out of writing Fang’d – the sequel, to answer my questions.
What is coming up in the world of Vin George?
I have the third book in my contemporary series undergoing final edits, and I’m hoping for a late autumn release. I’m also stuck right into the writing of second of my paranormal books and having a blast so far with all the characters.
Fang’d did phenomenally well, you must be very proud. Where did the idea come from?
I’m absolutely thrilled by how many readers have said they loved Fang’d. And slightly terrified as I’m feeling a lot of pressure to ensure book 2 is at least as good. Is it terrible that I can’t remember how the idea came to me? I do recall being annoyed that I had no good plot bunnies I wanted to work on for last year’s NaNoWriMo, and then on the sixth day, it felt as if I couldn’t stop new words from pouring out of me.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’ve always said I’m a total pantser, but I have occasional bursts of plotting, mostly when scenes come to me as I’m driving, when I’ve been known to pull over to scribble in my notes app, and on one occasion to dictate to my son because I was so frightened I’d forget the exact words I wanted to use. It has become essential to outline my worldbuilding with the paranormal books to an extent, to ensure consistency.
What is your writing space like?
Messy! I have a desk under the window in in my bedroom, with a lovely view which I try to ignore while I write. We’re planning to rejig all our spaces, so I’m currently campaigning for more bookcases.
What time of day do you usually write?
That depends. I’m not by nature an early riser, but sometimes I can be propelled out of bed by an urgency to commit thoughts to paper. I tend to fit writing in around home-schooling my boys, but on the whole the evenings are when I get most of my words down.
If you had to describe your books in three words, what would they be?
This is a wicked question! I’ve eventually narrowed it down to Engaging, Optimistic and Heartfelt.
Do you prefer first draft or editing?
First draft, without a doubt. I love the buzz of ideas flowing. Editing can be immensely rewarding but I still struggle to keep my focus, even when I know I’m improving my initial draft.
What advice would you give to a new writer?
Write what you want to read. Your writing will have that passion that can be lacking otherwise.
Develop a thick skin. You will need it. Hopefully not immediately, but you will.
Don’t ever skimp on editing and proofing. There are ways to achieve this without spending a fortune, like cultivating trusted betas and swapping skills, but you need several sets of eyes on your work.
How do you deal with self-promotion?
By gritting my teeth and pretending not to be a socially awkward introvert 😂. I loathe doing promo, but it does make a difference. Social media is a tool to be used, so I suck it up and try to do at least one post of some kind every day.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m a bit of a homebody. Reading is my favourite pastime, although I enjoy crafting, either knitting, crochet or painting. I’m barely adequate at all three, but they bring me pleasure.
Where can people find you?
On Facebook – Vin George (author page and a personal profile), and in my lovely readers’ group, Vin’s Kabin
Twitter - @VinGeorgeAuthor
Instagram – vingeorge_author
Bookbub - @vingeorgeauthor
TikTok - @vingeorge_author
I also have my website, Vingeorgeauthor.com and a newsletter folks can sign up for, the link to which is on my website, and in the back of my books.