Interview with Estelle Maskame, a best-selling author from Scotland. Her most recent book, Just Don’t Mention It, is out now!
Watch this quick introduction to Estelle (1 minute)
Hi Estelle! Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions!
First of all, can you tell me a bit about your journey to becoming a published writer?
I’ve always loved writing from a young age ever since I was introduced to it in primary school, and it was my biggest hobby growing up. I was forever writing stories in bedroom and by the time I was a teenager, I was working on novels. I started the DIMILY series when I was thirteen and began posting it online on a couple different writing platforms while using social media to promote my writing. Over the course of a few years, I’d built up a fanbase for the DIMILY series and the books had grown in popularity online which lead to me being noticed by local media and then my publisher! I signed my first book deal when I was seventeen and have been writing full-time since.
(Recently I have met quite a few authors who started out on Wattpad and are now published authors – don’t give up if you don’t get a yes straightaway, put your writing out there and you might get somewhere!)
For those of us who have yet to read the original, Did I Mention I Love You? trilogy, what do we need to know before reading Just Don’t Mention It?
It’s definitely possible to jump straight into Just Don’t Mention It without knowing anything about the DIMILY series already as the book can stand on its own. I do recommend reading the DIMILY series first though, because there’s many subtle references back to events that happened in the DIMILY series throughout JDMI that’s fun to pick up on.
(Oops! I read Just Don’t Mention It first – but am now planning to go back and read the original trilogy too!)
What made you want to write Tyler’s side of the story?
Tyler is such a complex character who develops hugely throughout the DIMILY series and I felt his story, especially in regards to his childhood, deserved to be told more fully. I wanted to really give my readers an insight into why Tyler is the person that he is when we first meet him in the DIMILY series, and also so that we can truly understand the struggles he’s facing, especially mentally. I felt that as the author I owed it to Tyler’s character too.
(I really enjoyed the chapters looking at Tyler’s childhood – if not for this backstory I would have had a lot less sympathy for this character)
What kind of research did you do before or during writing? E.g. the setting in America, domestic violence, etc.
Most of my research was for the setting. The DIMILY series is set in the US and in three different cities – Los Angeles, New York City and Portland. I live in Scotland, so I did have to carry out so much research in order to do the settings of the books justice. From spending hours on Google maps to looking up historical weather statistics to reading blog posts to talking to people who actually live in those cities, the research was endless but I knew it was important to do it right. I really enjoyed learning about the cities too!
My books do also feature different topics from domestic abuse to substance abuse, and I carried out a lot of research on these topics too which was vital in order to tell the story well.
What’s next for you?
At the moment, I’m playing around with an idea for a standalone YA novel. It’s still in the early stages, but it’s contemporary chick lit and I’m trying to just have fun with it. I’ll see where it takes me!
Food: Chicken Nuggets
Book: “All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
Movie: A Cinderella Story ( I also love this movie!)
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for having me on your blog and I hope you enjoy Just Don’t Mention It!
(Thank you for being interviewed and I really did enjoy Just Don’t Mention it – see my review here)
Once again, thank you so much Estelle!
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