Nadia is a new crime writer already making waves, read the reviews and you will realise that she has a talent for Detective novels. Today, she tells us more about herself and what inspires her to put pen to paper.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve worked in TV documentaries for the last 15 years as a producer and director. It’s a job which has taken me all over the world. I started writing full time a couple of years ago when I was pregnant with my first child and couldn’t be on the road for a while.
If you could describe the storyline of your latest novel to someone in just a few sentences how would you entice someone to want to read it?
A son of the mafia joins the Rome police force but finds his career in peril when he’s handed a file of shocking photos involving a high ranking cabinet minister.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy the creativity of writing: the fact that I am able to allow my imagination free rein. This is quite different from TV where representatives from the channel and production company have a say in how a show looks from the very early stages. I also enjoy the chance to create my own dialogue after years working with the thoughts of others.
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The hardest thing is the need for self discipline. Having to sit at your desk at 9am every morning whether you feel like it or not. Writing is hard graft, you can’t just sit around waiting for the right mood to take you otherwise you won’t get anywhere; you have to knuckle down and get on with it come rain or shine.
What inspires you to write?
The inspiration for my stories comes mainly from the different people I have met and the places I have visited for work. Occasionally though I do get an idea while doing something mundane like taking a bus ride. You can see a lot of life from the window!
Which Writers do you admire?
I admire Patricia Highsmith, James Ellroy, PD James, Michael Connelly, RJ Ellory and Dennis Lehane among others. I always gravitate towards the dark.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Don’t get too hung up on securing an agent and publisher while writing. Just write for yourself, enjoy it and believe in your capacity to do this. Once you’re happy with what you’ve produced, think about the next stage. Write every day if you can – writing is a muscle and the more you use it, the better you will become.
What are your plans for the future?
Right now I’m in the process of editing the sequel to The Few which will be published next year.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Nadia for taking part in our New Author series