Interview with Jasmine Lowe

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1) Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your entry for this contest?

I wanted to try something different with this short story by presenting characters that readers would be adamant about wanting to get to know. I wanted to give personality to Mrs. O’Connell rather than just have her be a dead body. The story became more about Mrs. O’Connell and her relationships with everyone in the story despite being dead.

2) What made you decide to enter this contest?

I happened to stumble upon the contest on Goodreads and loved the idea of writing about a murder mystery. I also wanted to challenge myself and create a piece that felt similar to the types of stories that I enjoy reading.

3) Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

I’ve always been drawn to darker pieces of literature. I really enjoyed reading Robert Cormier’s work when I was a kid. Truman Capote’s writing in the novel, In Cold Blood, will always be one of my favorite pieces o literature for its very dark New Journalism-style, but Stephen King is one of my favorite authors.

4) What is your favourite book you read this year and why?

My favorite book that I read this year is probably Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. A friend of mine suggested that I jump into the Expanse series and I do not regret it. The language used in the novel isn’t overly descriptive, but you feel as though you are out there along with the book’s characters having incredible adventures in outer space. 

5) What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there?

The best piece of advice I can share with all new independent authors is to keep writing and to create time every day in your schedule to write. Writing a little every day helps, even if you are just jotting down notes about characters you’re developing. The other piece of advice I can give is for all writers to read and expose themselves to many different styles of amazing writing that is out there. Not only do you become inspired to write, but you can learn from and take elements of literary styles that you come in contact with and build and strengthen your own writing voice.