This month we’re spotlighting one of Kate’s favorite indie authors, W. R. Gingell, who was gracious enough to answer our intrusive questions with her usual good humor.
- Nickname: “At school, it was Monkey, but now that I’m (sorta) grown up, it’s more often ‘Oi, you, get back in ya box!’”
- Born: 18 April 1987
- Married: “Yes—10 years ago this year.”
- Day Job: “Part-time jack-of-all-trades at Woolworths, part-time writer.”
- Website: wrgingell.com
- Social Media:
A fascination with the storytelling style she encountered in Korean TV shows prompted Gingell to learn the Korean language. She’s now proficient enough to “abuse the subtitles when they’re wrong,” and she’s headed to South Korea this April for further immersion, and learning experiences. And, of course, to taste delicious Korean food in its native land.
Her language study reflects in her recent novel, Lady of Dreams, which blends Korean culture into a fantasy setting.
First Encounter: Kate Meets a Kindred Spirit
Way back in 2014, when I was aimlessly blogging over on my own site, I tossed up a piece on L.M. Montgomery with no real expectation that anyone would give it more than a cursory glance. (What can I say? I’m a cynic.) The following day brought me face to face with an insightful comment on the post, leaving me to ask, “Who is this W.R. person, anyway?”
We had a lovely back-and-forth about the merits of Montgomery’s books and her characters (I still maintain that Dean Priest is the absolute worst), and a friendship struck up from there.
Gingell released Masque in 2015. I picked it up in hopes of some much needed escapism and spent an awesome weekend immersed in a fantasy world alongside a sassy heroine out to solve a magical murder. In June of that year, I took Gingell’s Wolfskin with me to England, and thoroughly enjoyed it. When she released Spindle, I marked out a whole day on my calendar so I could read it without interruption.
And then came Playing Hearts, and the Twelve Days of Faery, and…
Basically, I’m at the point where if she publishes something, I buy it. It’s an addiction, but a delightful one.
- Masque (2015)
- Wolfskin (2015)
- Spindle (2016)
- Blackfoot (coming April 2017)
- Lady of Dreams (Release Date TBA: Nominate it on KindleScout today. Seriously, people. DO IT.)
- Shards of a Broken Sword: The Complete Trilogy (2017)
- Playing Hearts (2016)
- A Time Traveller’s Best Friend, Vol. 1 (2014)
Upon application, Gingell provided us with the following pieces of sound writing advice:
Read. Always read. Despite hundreds of writing courses out there telling you otherwise, reading is the best way of learning how to write, if you’re capable of learning. Writing courses and college courses are great, and immensely useful, but the best way to learn to write is still, IMO, to read heaps.
Write Every Day. Which sounds trite, but it’s true. Even if you only write 20 or 50 words per day, you’ll still be making progress. You’ll still be thinking about your WiP that day. And that’s how you get great flow and continuity to your WiP. It’s also how you start making habits.
“Listen to music. It won’t work for everyone (like most advice), but if you’re like me, having a specific playlist to listen to while writing will help your concentration to no end.”
Why We Love Her
W. R. Gingell writes with a unique and whimsical voice. She breathes life into strong female characters and fantastical story lines. Her style is innovative: she deconstructs fairy tales and repurposes their elements into new and captivating plots. She fuses genres—murder mystery with fantasy with horror and whatever else she pleases—but keeps a light tone, with humor never far.
In short, she is a creator.
Plus, her characters always appreciate a good pastry. Really, what’s not to love?