Glynis Smy’s immigrated to Cyprus in 2005 from the UK. Now she spends her days writing historical romance in a much warmer climate.
Glynis has won a few poetry contests. Her articles and short stories have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. She has been featured in various places on-line, such as, Vine Leaves Literary Journal.
When she is not writing, Glynis enjoys making greetings cards to raise money for a small hospice in Cyprus, Cross Stitch, walking the vineyards with her four dogs or simply sampling a village wine on the back porch.
Her novel, Ripper, My Love will transport you back in time to late nineteenth century East London. Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets.
Today, we chat about Glynis’ path to becoming an author, her decision to self-publish and her whether she has a preference to Ebooks or Paperbacks.
“Wonderful debut novel...”
5 star Amazon Review
“What an awesome read! I felt like I was transported back to Old England to the impoverished section of Whitechapel.”
5 star Amazon Review
“Glynis Smy evokes all the sights, sounds, squalor (and smells!) of the east end of London at the end of the 19th century”
5 star Amazon Review
MW: What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
GS: I have always been fascinated by the Victorian era, and it just felt natural to write about the 1800’s. I tried writing for children but it didn’t sit right with me. I felt out of place. The minute I stepped into the world of Kitty in Victorian London, I felt at home and the story flowed. The same happened when I created Maggie’s Child, and the Man in Room Eighteen. By the time the ideas for them all had formed, I knew my genre was historical romance with a twist.
MW: Tell us about your path to becoming an author. Did you have any idea at the start what the process really entails?
GS: I had no intention of writing novels. I have always written poetry and short stories for family, but never dreamt there were novels hidden inside my wee brain. If it had not been for my friend, Jan (now sadly passed away), I would not have turned the short story into a novel. Her encouragement really got me going.
MW: What is the best comment/compliment you have received about your work?
GS: Oh, that is easy. The 5* and 4* reviews Ripper, My Love has received. I cannot express what they mean to me! Especially when a stranger has left such amazing compliments and high rating. Reading the words of praise is so humbling.
MW: How many books have you published? Are they traditionally published, indie published, or a combination?
GS: I published two poetry books four years ago. They were really for me to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. I do not promote them. I have self published my first novel and in December I aim to have the second out there. Next year there should be two more. One is part written and the other planned. I didn’t intend to self publish, but the time factor of querying and waiting was driving me insane. I watched so many friends entering the new, exciting era of becoming indie authors, that I opted to go along that route. It is hard work but oh so worth it to say, I did it all with support from friends.
MW: If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, how involved would you want to be in the process of bringing those stories to life on the screen? Who would you like to play your main characters?
GS: Ooh, the very thought! Well, I think I would love for Kate Winslet to be Kitty, but she is too old for the role, but someone like her would be lovely. Henry Cavill as James, but again his age would be against him. My characters are in their early twenties. Kate would be good as Sarah, an Irish mother figure who features all the way through the novel.
MW: Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
GS: Yes. I tend to have one written and another appears a few weeks later. I often get the characters form first, then the setting, so jot down notes.
MW: Do you work with a writing group?
GS: No, I am a hermit in the hills. However, there is a group who have invited me to talk to them, and have invited me to join them. I am not sure what I will do yet as they set homework for the week, and my writing takes all my time. I do have a great on-line community of writers I can turn to for assistance should I need it. I also have my lovely ?Beta readers who keep me on the straight and narrow.
MW: Which authors, past or present, have greatly influenced your style, your voice?
GS: I grew up on Catherine Cookson and wanted to write like her. I like her style of community spirit, and the slower pace she uses to bring her characters alive. I enjoy the descriptive talent of Barbara Erskine, and the gothic, suspense edge of Victoria Holt. I like to think I have captured a mix of all three.
MW: When you decided on your story, how did you set about researching?
GS: I usually decide on setting. Then research the area. I then find the fashion connected with the chosen time period. I have two books about Victorian Britain that have been useful. The Internet is a vital tool for me, as I do not have access to libraries in Cyprus. I love the research side of writing books.
MW: Do your books have book trailers? How important as a marketing tool do you think they are?
GS: Funny you should mention that. I have just completed playing around with one. I am not sure how valuable they are, but I have purchased two books on the back of a trailer. So you could say they are worth the effort.
MW: I love my kindle and believe it is a marvellous invention. However it doesn’t quite replace my love for the printed book; the smell, the feel of the pages, even better if it is an ear chewed second hand version! Do you have a preference for e-book formats or the traditional paper and hardback versions?
GS: I only accepted the Kindle as a gift last year. DH has been wanting to purchase me one for a long time. I am a paperback girl. However, I am hooked on the Kindle now, too! I cannot imagine my books as not being paperbacks, so have made both to suit readers. I do sell more ebooks than paperbacks. I purchase more ebooks, but still grab a paperback if it appeals.
GS: You can find me in these places:
Amazon Author Page
I also run a blog to advertise books for authors. This is free of charge. The blog is busy now and am accepting submissions for Nov/Dec, should anyone be interested. All details are in the sidebar of the blog: New Book Blogger (not just for new books).
Thank you so much for hosting me, Matilda!
MW: Thank you so much for agreeing to be part of my ‘Let’s Meet’ segment.