Author Interview: Davene Le Grange
1. What inspired you to become a writer?
I've always enjoyed writing, but it was my husband who suggested I write and publish my stories after we watched the movie “Arrival,” directed by Denis Villeneuve.
2. What's your favourite book of all time?
My favorite fictional book is "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien. In part because he was born in my home-city Bloemfontein, but mostly because of his incredible storytelling.
3. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write with purpose, patience, and love. If the story is without purpose, readers will know. If you aren't patient, you will struggle a lot in the industry. If you aren’t writing from a place of love and passion, then why are you writing?
4. What is the most frustrating thing about being an author?
The waiting and the editing are by far the most frustrating. However, you know you’re on the right track when you can read the same story a thousand times and still read it again.
5. What's your favourite movie?
My favorite movie, which helped inspire "Broadcast 2220," is "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Gareth Edwards, closely followed by "Blade Runner 2049,” directed by Denis Villeneuve.
6. What's better, dogs or cats?
Both are good, but I’m biased towards dogs since I grew up around them.
7. If money was no object, how would you spend your life?
The exact same way, a writing workaholic, but with perhaps less overall stress, maybe go on an actual vacation, fill a bookshelf with theological books, and set up a program to better aid orphans and veterans around the world.
8. Do you draw from personal experiences when you write?
Sometimes, but I try to draw more from the world around me; the well of inspiration is a deep one.
9. What is more important? Strong characters or a strong storyline?
The importance depends on the story. Strong characters can carry a story with little plot. However, I favor strong storylines over strong characters, because the concept and the message of a story speak more to me.
10. What advice would you give to first time writers when submitting their work to publishers or literary agents?
Legitimate Agents and Publishers are there to help you; not steal, scam, or do your work for you, so present them with your best ready-to-publish copy. Research Agents and Publishers websites, social media platforms, wish lists, interviews, and their clients. You're dealing with people, not bots. Be professional and be kind.
Check out Davene Le Grange's latest title, Arc City Stories by clicking here.