Author name: Dorinda Balchin
Genre: Historical fiction
Books: Heronfield; The Guardians
Bio: I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a child and spent all of my spare time in the local library. I also have a love of history so it seemed only natural that the two should come together and I would write historical fiction, particularly stories set during periods of war and conflict. I love the detailed research necessary to create books which have a real feel for the period, and my debut novel, Heronfield, was described as ‘an amazing read’ by the Historical Novel Society. I’m currently at the proofreading stage with my third novel (set during the English Civil War) and, whilst this is ongoing, I am working on a series of novels featuring a war correspondent.
My life has not always been about writing (although there has never been a time I wasn’t scribbling something down). After graduation I had a career teaching in England, followed by a ‘mid-life crisis’ which saw me moving to India with my husband to run a remote guesthouse. Now that we are back in the UK I spend most of my time looking after my grandson, and writing. Any spare time I get will be spent painting, fencing and riding.
Favorite thing about being a writer: One of my favourite things about being a writer is being able to create a fictional story within a real historical setting. I love the detailed research required, and then creating a whole set of characters to inhabit that timeline. The great thing about writing historical fiction is that my characters can look at a well-known event from a different perspective; no one knows how they will be affected by what is going on around them, which makes for great storytelling.
Biggest challenge as an indie author: I think the biggest challenge as an indie author is marketing. I know that there are many readers out there who would love my work but as an indie author it is much harder to reach them without the resources and contacts of a traditional publisher.
Favorite book: This is a difficult one! I have eclectic tastes and my favourite book can change over time depending on which genre I’m currently enjoying. I would say that, at the moment, one of my favourite books is Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. But who knows what it will be next week, or next month!
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