Thursday 19 September 2013

Cuppa and a coffee with Guest Author: D J Blackmore


Historical Fiction Author

Fiction author. Born and raised near the vineyards in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia, the author has recently begun a new chapter of her life in Central Queensland. The first of her books will go to publication in 2014, and the author is currently working on its conclusion in a sequel.

When did you start writing?
I began to write my first novel at the age of fourteen. I told my father that I was going to be a writer. He said, “There are very few people lucky enough and talented enough to get their books published.” I guess that was a challenge I never lost determination in achieving.

What is your favourite place and time to write?
Especially at night time, when the whole household is in bed asleep.

What writing groups do you belong to?
None at present.

Why did you/do you want to become an author?
I have loved books from an early age, and discovered that I loved words right from kindergarten. Every week after work, my father would come home with the gift of yet another story book. Perhaps that's what started it all...

What are you currently reading?
“The Bride Price” by Tracey Jane Jackson.

Who are your favorite authors?
Francine Rivers and Siri Mitchell.  Lynne Austin, Dee-Anne Gist and Beverley Lewis.

What is your current project?
I’m currently working on “Consider the Ravens” the sequel to my debut novel “Charter to Redemption”, which is to be published in 2014.

Do you write with a visual image of the illustrations for your book?
As my writing doesn’t involve illustrations, no, but when I have inspiration for a new work, it always flashes into my head as a picture, a feeling, rather than a thought.

If you could bring a fictional character to life, who would it be?
The characters I create. Excluding the bad guys, that is.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Some is from life experience. Other inspiration comes from what I see or hear. All the rest is pure fiction that seems to just spring to life without beckon or call.

Do you/Would you do all the marketing of your books or do you/would you have someone supporting you in that role?
At present I am still at the stage of building my writer’s platform. Ideally I would like someone to do the marketing work for me, since organisation is not my calling.

What do you want your legacy to be?
To leave stories to enjoy, to ponder over, and to leave part of my voice behind when I am no longer here to speak. I am truly humbled at the opportunity that has been given me.


  1. Hi Michelle and Deirdre,
    Thanks for the interesting interview.
    Deirdre, I enjoy the writing of those ladies you mentioned too. Great historical researchers. I'm glad you're adding to the historical fiction in Australia.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Paula.