Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Best-selling author shares writing tips

Nelson bookworms received a rare treat on Monday with a talk by best-selling English writer Kate Mosse.

More than 70 people crammed into a room at the Elma Turner Library to hear her speak about her latest best-seller, Sepulchre, her work with adult literacy programmes, and her role as one of the founders of the women's literary prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Mosse entertained the audience with tales of her meticulous research in French towns, many of which were the inspiration behind her novels.

"Something I take very seriously is that if you decide to set a novel in a real place, you owe it to the people who live there and lived there in the past to get it right."

That research went as far as using the Internet to find out the weather conditions on a particular day in the late 19th century.

"I tend to believe real readers don't need to check that out, and they trust the writer to get that right for them."

She also had some simple advice for those hoping to pen their own best-seller.

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