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S.K. Hope Interview

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Tell us a little about yourself and your work.

Based in London, an actress, director, producer, author and writer whose work includes the comedy “Femmetamorphosis” and memoir “Kruella”. Most recently I have written a play based around austerity and the U.K benefit system.

You’ve got twenty words to tempt us to read your book(s). What would you say?

This book will make you appreciate positive childhoods & life in general. It’s should touch your soul, emotions, and inspire.

Where do you like to write?

I write anywhere and anytime time when the feeling takes me. I have to be in the mood or having a driving force for action.

Is there anything you must have in order to write?

Yes, I must have a draft in my head of how I want the story or play. Once I have established the story, I will start writing.

What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?

I love books. Books give me escapism and dreams, so I read lots of books. Influences have been C. S. Lewis, Stephen King, Shakespeare, V. C. Andrews to name a few. I also like reading biographies — such as Oliver Reed and Kurt Cobain.

What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?

Life experiences and reading other authors’ books.

KruellaWhat do you want to achieve most from your writing?

To raise awareness, educate, and challenge ignorance or negative attitudes

Were there any particular parts of the writing/publishing process that you struggled with?

Obtaining an agent was exhausting and demoralising with all the dear john rejection letters. I decided to self publish. The process is much kinder.

Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?

I do a lot of research.

If you had a direct line to someone who loves or hates your writing, what would you say?

Thankfully, all feedback has been positive so I always thank them and show appreciation. Anything you put out for public consumption will always be criticised good and bad, it’s part of the process.

If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Just do it. It’s a great accomplishment to write a book.

What does your writing future hold for you?

I have another play and book in the pipeline, but that has been delayed due to studying for a degree in youth justice.

How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?

I have a great cover illustrator — Marshall Gilchrist. He was able to take my initial vision & idea and create an amazing book cover.

How often do you read? What genre?

At the moment I’m reading Lynda La Plante, crime fiction and William Shakespeare, plays. I try to read at least 3/4 books a year. I probably read more plays.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the future.

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