May's Local Author, Pauline Flynn

Q: What is one thing you want people to know about your books?

A: Misery, contrary to its genre (fiction) and time period, deals with a lot of current society stigmas. As well as, how past events and/or history easily shapes our present and has the potential to effect our futures.

The story offers many different points of views, offering the reader - the all knowing perspective. Parallel to us understanding in our reality, that we dont know someones full story or hardships, until we've walked in their shoes.

Q: Why did you become a writer?

A: I've always enjoyed dabbling in the arts, and have writen smaller things since I was able to write. The thought was always there to write a book, but the confidence was lacking. A conversation with my little sister sparked something within me, and in 2022 I really wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone.  

Q: Do you have any advice for new and upcoming author?

A: Yes, first and foremost, it's okay to make mistakes! As cliche as it sounds, you really do learn alot from your own mistakes and can apply this on future work. Misery really has been a learning stepping stone physically, as well as comprehensively. While I've been writing the second book to the series (Pain) I find myself stopping and remembering to apply what I've learned from past mistakes, into my transforming writting style. 

Last but certainly not least, don't take yourself too seriously. Writing should be fun regardless of the content you plotted, or expectation of the result. When you get to the end, sit back and reel it all in. You did that, and you should be proud of yourself for getting this far.